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President Obama Was a Groomsman in a Wedding: Photos

Obama NicholsonU.S. President elect Barack Obama (L) and Obama's Trip Director Marvin Nicholson stand backstage after Obama gave his victory speech during an election night gathering in Grant Park on November 4, 2008 in Chicago, Illinois. Obama defeated Republican nominee Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) by a wide margin in the election to become the first African-American U.S. President elect. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

The wedding party never looked so official. President Barack Obama was a groomsman in a wedding on Saturday, January 7, and there are photos to prove it.

The Leader of the Free World, 55, flew down to Jacksonville, Florida, to support his close friend and personal aide, Marvin Nicholson, in his wedding to Helen Pajcic.

According to the Washington Post, the groom helps arrange the president’s trips and travel plans. The bride, meanwhile, is a supporter of Obama’s administration and even worked on the president’s campaign back in 2008.

Obama Nicholson

WASHINGTON, DC – MARCH 10: Marvin Nicholson, Special Assistant to the President, Trip Director & Personal Aide to the President, and Helen Pajcic arrive for the State Dinner in honor of Prime Minister Trudeau and Mrs. Sophie Grégoire Trudeau of Canada at the White House on March 10, 2016 in Washington, DC.
(Photo by Ron Sachs-Pool/Getty Images)

Local news station WJXT4 obtained photos from the nuptials of Obama dutifully taking his spot as one of four groomsmen. POTUS wasn’t the only one to partake in the wedding: Secretary of State John Kerry presided over the nuptials as the officiant.

The ceremony reportedly took place at a private residence. The Post also reported that the President’s Secret Service agents were appropriately clad in tuxedos at the black-tie affair.

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Esther Lee
Esther Lee
Esther is the Senior News Editor at The Knot. A self-proclaimed pop culture enthusiast, she appreciates a good celebrity interview just as much as she adores Nancy Meyers movies. You can find her kicking off her mornings with barre and a green juice, traveling and exploring new cultures, and rapidly scrolling her feed for the latest and greatest news. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter at @theestherlee.