Natalie Heimel, second from left, and Edward Mallue Jr speak to Obama
Natalie Heimel, second from left, and Edward Mallue Jr speak to Obama

A military couple were given a day's notice to move their wedding - so Barack Obama could play golf.

Natalie Heimel and her fiancé, Edward Mallue Jr, who are both US army captains stationed in Hawaii, had actually invited Obama to their wedding on the 28 December because they were aware he spent his Christmas break on the island, Bloomberg reports.

The day before their wedding, they received a letter from him congratulating them. Hours later, they were told they had to move the ceremony, which was scheduled to be at the 16th tee box at Kaneohe Klipper Golf Course, located at the Marine Corps Base in Hawaii.

The groom's sister, Jamie McCarthy, told Bloomberg: "It was emotional, especially for her — she’s the bride and in less than 24 hours they had to change everything they had planned."

Those planning events at the golf course when Obama is visiting Hawaii are warned that they may be bumped for the President - so the happy couple had an emergency option up their sleeves, and relocated the ceremony to a different spot on the base.

AP reports the White House sources said they were unaware the couple had been told they should relocate the wedding to allow for Obama's golf game, although there was no on the record comment. Obama later phoned the couple to apologise.

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