It’s safe to say that this happy couple will remember this celebrity encounter when they’re 64.
Jen Roscoe, 39, and Steve Gregg, 38, were getting their wedding photos shot in a Winnipeg park Saturday when a familiar-looking cyclist rode by.
Turns out, it was Paul McCartney, still in town after a concert at Bell MTS Place the night before.
“This guy rides by on the bike and we sort of did a double take,” Gregg said Monday in a phone interview. “One of my groomsmen said, ‘Hey man, that’s Paul McCartney.’”
Luckily for them, McCartney reached a dead end on the bike trail by the river, so he had to turn around.
“Jen and I walked up to him and Jen asked him, ‘Hey, would you mind photobombing our wedding photos?’ He was very gracious and he said ‘Yes.’ He shook our hands and said ‘Congratulations,’ and rode off!”
Gregg called it an “absolutely surreal” moment.
“It’s been a ridiculous amount of media coverage for something that happened for 20 seconds,” Gregg laughed. “My favourite bit of this is that, that wasn’t even the best part of my day.
“For most people, it would have been a lifetime, awesome thing. And for me, I’m like, yeah, I got married today.”
Both Gregg and Roscoe like the Beatles but aren’t huge fans — they didn’t play any Fab Four songs at the wedding later in the night.
Wedding photographer Laurie Dixon called it a “crazy” moment.
“It really doesn’t hit you until afterwards to be honest,” Dixon said. “In the moment you’re thinking, ‘OK, let’s do this fast and get the photo and not take up too much of his time.’
“It was afterwards when we were walking back to the car that my assistant (Tamara Large) and I looked at each other and said, ‘Holy crap what just happened?’ But if Jennifer and Steven didn’t have the guts to go and ask for a photo it would have just been a really cool celebrity sighting and nothing more.”
McCartney, 76, just wrapped up the Canadian leg of his world tour promoting his latest album, Egypt Station.
He was on The Late, Late Show show over the summer, joining host James Corden with an uplifting and rousing “Carpool Karaoke” segment through the streets of Liverpool, where the Beatles grew up.
Patrick Ho is a rewrite editor working on the Star’s digital desk in Toronto. Follow him on Twitter: @patrick_ho_007