“Then he finishes his game and goes down to the lawn area, which is where our ceremony was,” Stephanie told ABC News.
“Our photographers, they had earpieces in, talking to each other,” Stephanie said. “So one photographer, Erin, she was down talking on the lawn and our photographer, Jeff, was up with us in the suite. And they’re talking to each other, and saying things, like ‘Oh. this might be the one chance; you’ve got to go now.’”
“Stephanie was like, ‘We’re going to go do this,’” Youngren recalled, and “She bolted out the door.”
“Once I heard that that there might be an opportunity to even just say hi, shake his hand or even try to take a picture, we darted,” Stephanie said. “We ran to the closest elevator, got downstairs and I picked up my huge dress and I just started running across the lawn to get over to the president.”
“I think he [Obama] saw us coming from a distance and kind of paused,” Youngren said.
Stephanie added, “It was so cool because all of our friends were screaming and cheering for us. They weren’t even looking at the president, they were looking at us. It was so exciting. And we just ran out across through the crowd and got up to the president and got to shake his hand.”
“As we were running out there, I started crying … It was an emotional experience and then to see the sitting president there was even wilder,” she said.
“Right when we saw him, Stephanie got to him first. And he said congrats to Stephanie right away. And at that moment he pointed out that my foot was actually on the train or the trail of her wedding dress on the ground and he said, I don’t remember his exact words, but he’s so relaxed, and he says nope, nope you know … you can’t step on the wedding dress.”
“I think it was our first marriage advice,” Brian said.
“I still can’t believe it happened. It was not what we expected when we woke up that morning,” he said.
“He has so much going on and so much stress … to see him just be so calm and gracious and kind to a couple on their wedding day … It made me really hopeful and excited, and just proud to have him as a leader,” Youngren said.