When US couple Chelsea Roden and Lisa Hirschpek were putting together the guest list for their upcoming nuptials they decided to invite President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama on a whim.
Inspired by a meeting with Roberta Kaplan, one of the activists who helped overturn the country’s discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act, the couple sent the invite along with a handwritten message thanking the First Couple for their efforts regarding LGBT equality.
Chelsea and Lisa explained to the Obamas that they’re “super thankful for all the changes in our country that make our international same-sex marriage even possible.”
And much to the couple’s surprise, the Obamas responded with a thoughtful RVSP message back that read: “Congratulations to you on your wedding day. May this special time be blessed with love, laughter, and happiness. We wish you all the best as you embark on your journey together, and we hope your bond grows stronger with each passing year.”
Chelsea, whose partner Lisa is German, told website A Plus: “When we started dating in 2011, marriage was the last thing on our minds — partially because we were 18 and living in different countries, but also because the idea of same-sex marriage was still so new.”
“[Lisa] thought it was so cool that the White House sent us something back,” she said.
“It’s a really sweet thing to have. I said we should definitely frame it or put it in a scrapbook, and joked — ‘or our visa paperwork!'”