Steven Marec was surprised on his wedding day by his best man, who he thought was deployed overseas. Anthony "AJ" White appeared from the bushes in full military attire to stun his best friend, Steven Marec. The tear-jerking momentt saw Steven and his new wife, Lauren, walking along for wedding photos, when someone suddenly shouted: “Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. Marec!”

US Army serviceman surprises tearful best friend on his wedding

A.J. decided to keep it a secret from the groom, and on their wedding day, he surprised him. The emotional moment was caught on camera.

"Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. Marec," A.J., wearing his Army uniform, said as the couple walked down a pathway toward the other groomsmen.

"Bro!" Steven Marec can be heard saying before breaking down into tears and hugging his best friend.

And like that, a priceless moment started off an unforgettable day.

AJ and Steven met nine years ago, and despite AJ’s work with the US Army, the pair have remained close friends ever since.

Steven Marec was surprised on his wedding day by his best man, who he thought was deployed overseas. Anthony "AJ" White appeared from the bushes

Steven’s wedding day was set for a date that AJ could attend – but ahead of the big day, in Fallbrook, California, on January 5, AJ got the news that he would be deployed overseas for between 10 and 12 months.

A heartbroken Steven accepted the situation.

But a few days before the wedding, AJ found out that his deployment had been pushed back by a couple of days and he would not be working on the base where he was stationed.

Steven Marec was surprised on his wedding day by his best man, who he thought was deployed overseas. Anthony "AJ" White appeared from the bushes

Having checked with his superiors, AJ – whose deployment details and location are classified – then planned the surprise with Steven’s friends and family.

Steven, from Aliso Viejo, California, said: “Our bond together can only be explained as the brother I never expected to have.

Steven Marec was surprised on his wedding day by his best man, who he thought was deployed overseas. Anthony "AJ" White appeared from the bushes

“I was so excited that the only thing I could do is just step back out of pure shock and cry out of happiness.
“I cry every time I see it, it’s still so unreal that it happened.
“For every family, friend, or loved ones that are going or coming back from their deployment. Never underestimate them, they will always be there for you when you need it.
“With all the chaos going on right now it's such a gift to have these moments that you never expect to happen."

Steven Marec was surprised on his wedding day by his best man, who he thought was deployed overseas. Anthony "AJ" White appeared from the bushes



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