Son Hunter of former vice president Joe Biden poses next to his new wife Melissa Cohen as he is surrounded by friends in the first photo of those celebrating their & # 39; shock & # 39; marriage.
The image, exclusively obtained by DailyMailTV, shows the smiling couple casually dressed in a chic West Hollywood hotel after the couple's improvised wedding items.
And DailyMailTV has discovered exclusive details of their May 16 wedding, which was far from a fairytale affair.
DailyMailTV has learned that the wedding ceremony was held on a dilapidated rooftop terrace in the modest one-bedroom West Hollywood apartment in Melissa, with only one guest and her pet Poodle present.
And minutes before the intimate ceremony, Hunter had a loaded 30-minute call with his father – the front runner who nominated the Democratic presidential candidate.
Joe Biden & # 39; s son Hunter, 49, married Melissa Cohen, 32, from Johannesburg, South Africa, in a surprising wedding ceremony in Los Angeles on May 16
DailyMailTV has received an exclusive image of the couple who are smiling with friends and casually dressed after the improvised wedding
DailyMailTV has discovered Hunter – who has a reputation for unpredictability – calling the last-minute wedding arranged by a direct marriage agency he found online on a Thursday night.
He had asked the question the day before – even though he had known South African film maker Melissa for a week – but he could not wait to make the connection with his much younger fiancé.
Hunter spoke to certified Wedding Officiant Maria Kharlash, who owns Instant Marriage LA, but was told that he had left it too late in the day.
Wedding Officiant Maria Kharlash, who owns Instant Marriage LA, tells DailyMailTV that she received a call from Hunter Biden on the day of the wedding and $ 500 was paid to marry them hours later
Maria spoke exclusively with DailyMailTV from her Encino office: & # 39; He called me and said: & # 39; I want to get married today & # 39 ;, I get calls like this all day long.
& # 39; I said I couldn't do it and he wasn't happy. I said: & # 39; & # 39; "" "" "" "" "" "" "," "" "" "" "," "" "," "". "He really wanted to get married that night.
& # 39; I was already home, it was around 4 p.m. and I wanted to watch an NBA match, but he insisted.
# I felt sorry for him, so I said okay okay, no problem, just pay me something extra for my problems and we agreed.
& # 39; They were coming to my office in Encino, but then he called back and asked if I could go to them. & # 39;
Hunter agreed to pay Maria around $ 500 – considerably more than the usual weekly fee of $ 260 – to ensure that the wedding went ahead.
Maria then traveled to the West African-born divorced West Hollywood apartment with one bed from Melissa, where she met the couple.
But there were no guests, no flowers and no special arrangements.
Kwam I came to West Hollywood, to her apartment, and he introduced himself as Robert, Hunter is his middle name and I also met Melissa.
& # 39; They were very nice and we started working on the paperwork, but they asked if I could wait for a male friend of Melissa to arrive, he was on the way & she recalls.
& # 39; But when the friend finally showed up, I had to wait a while.
& # 39; Hunter received a phone call. I was a bit annoyed because I had been waiting, Melissa told me that he was on the phone with his father, I had to wait another 30 minutes. & # 39;
Maria, originally from Russia, said that Hunter disappeared on the roof terrace for the long-term phone call to his father.
She claims that Hunter & # 39; business & # 39; during the conversation she could hear because he was outside on the balcony.
& # 39; It was a very business call, a kind of preparation, he had to talk to his father. He was talking for 30 minutes. I was sitting on the couch waiting with Melissa and her friend, she was a sweet girl and we talked and played with her dog.
& # 39; I was like, & # 39; what the hell can't he talk to his father after the wedding? & # 39 ;, But Melissa said: & # 39; no no, it is very important that he talks to his father. & # 39;
This is the one-bedroom apartment of Melissa Cohen in West Hollywood, where the surprising wedding took place
The ceremony was held on this dilapidated roof terrace in the one-bedroom apartment of Melissa, just before sunset between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Only one guest and Melissa & # 39; s poodle attended the wedding, just one day after Hunter asked the question
Hunter was dressed in black trousers and a white shirt with an open neck without a tie, while blonde Melissa wore a figure who embraced a white dress for the quick ceremony
Maria said she did not realize at the time that Hunter was talking to the eight-year-old Barack Obama vice president and now a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination.
Finally a nervous hunter came back and the wedding went on.
The ceremony took place just before sunset between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. on a large roof terrace accessible from the apartment on the third floor.
The shabby deck, pictured here, is surrounded by a weathered wooden gate with a view of the gray roof of the apartment building strewn with pipes and cable TV dishes.
Maria said the deck was filled with patio furniture and a table, but there was enough room for the happy couple, their male friend and poodle.
She remembers that Hunter was dressed in black trousers and a white shirt with an open neck without a tie, while the blonde Melissa looked beautiful in a figure who embraced her white dress.
& # 39; They both looked beautiful, Melissa looked beautiful in her dress, & # 39; she said. & # 39; Some couples like to give it a go with their own vows and they had prepared something to say to each other, something about always loving each other and caring for each other.
& # 39; They exchanged rings that were both Cartier, very beautiful, no big diamonds, very stylish bands.
& # 39; They've taken a few photos & # 39; s and that was it, a very small and intimate wedding. & # 39;
Hunter, 49 and Melissa, 32, issued their driving license in California as proof of identity.
Maria – who also claims to have married Johnny Depp and Amber Heard – says she was able to complete all the marriage papers for the couple and issued a confidential marriage license.
& # 39; Many celebrities do this to protect their privacy, & # 39; said Maria.
Minutes before the intimate ceremony, Hunter had a 30-minute conversation with his father – the leader who nominated the Democratic presidential candidate
Melissa, a divorced woman, met Hunter in May and the two had a whirlwind romance – they even got matching tattoos, a friend said
For quick marriages of this kind, although legally binding, no witness is required.
That night Hunter and Melissa celebrated but later organized a larger party.
DailyMailTV has learned that the couple is partying in the Petit Ermitage, a boutique hotel in West Hollywood, just two blocks from Melissa's apartment.
There they drank drinks on a fireplace on the private roof of the hotel, only accessible to guests – as seen in our exclusive photo.
Part of the wedding party even took a dip in the rooftop swimming pool during the relaxed affair.
The rooms in the chic hotel start at $ 450 and the couple enjoyed dinner at the sumptuous rooftop restaurant, recognized by the National Wildlife Federation as a retreat.
When the wedding news broke out last month, Wedding Officiant Maria posted on her Facebook page for Instant Marriage LA: & Guess who they married?! Because the cat is already out of the bag and the news can be found everywhere on the internet, we feel like we have brag to reveal that our company married Hunter Biden and Mellisa (sic) Cohen! Hunter and Mellisa (sic) join our list of celebrities whose marriage we have concluded, after Jonny (sic) Depp and Amber Heard. & # 39;
The marriage came shortly after Hunter and Hallie split up. They started dating after the death of her husband Beau Biden – the eldest son of former vice president Joe Biden. In 2017 she started dating Beau & # 39; s brother Hunter, who was still married to his then wife Kathleen (shown together in 2016)
Melissa is an activist and travels to Africa and Indonesia to support indigenous tribes
& # 39; I called my father and said we just got married. He was a speaker and said to her: & # 39; & # 39; Thank you for giving my son the courage to love again & # 39; & # 39 ;, Hunter told the magazine.
& # 39; And he said to me: & # 39; Honey, I knew that when you found love again, I would get you back & # 39; … And my answer was, I said: & # 39; Dad, I always had love. And the only thing that allowed me to see it was the fact that you never gave up on me, you always believed in me. & # 39; & # 39;
Hunter met Cohen in early May, and within days of their first date, he received a tattoo from & # 39; shalom & # 39; in Hebrew on his left biceps that corresponded to the one she had, according to The New Yorker's report.
The article even contained a posed photo of the couple standing on the deck where they were married.
Hunter, who has a troubled history with drugs and alcohol, did not marry Melissa long after he separated from his brother Beau & # 39; s widow Hallie Biden with whom he began dating last year after Beau died of brain cancer in 2015.
He had just recovered from the bitter divorce of his wife of more than 20 years, Kathleen Biden, after a messy split in which she accused him of blowing money on drugs and strip clubs.
Now politician dad Joe, 76, who has one of the greatest years of his life, will hope that his son's new wife will keep him straight and narrow.
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