Central Coast native Brandon Styles had planned on keeping his cool at Sunday’s Grammy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles.
But when he spotted actress Jennifer Lawrence weeping, just 2 feet away from him, the Bay Area resident started bawling.
“I could hardly see anybody, male or female, who was not crying. I just lost it,” he recalled.
Styles and his husband, Kevin Masek, were one of 33 couples who got married during the annual National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences telecast at the Staples Center. Actress and rapper Queen Latifah officiated the mass ceremony, which featured performances by hip-hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, singer-songwriter Mary Lambert and pop icon Madonna.
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Afterward, Styles shook hands with rock legend Paul McCartney and country singer Keith Urban, while his husband got a high-five from “How I Met Your Mother” star Neil Patrick Harris.
“It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” Styles said.
A Morro Bay High School graduate, Styles studied agricultural business at Cal Poly before becoming a field sales manager for Thomson Reuters in San Francisco. His father, Stuart Styles, is the director of Cal Poly’s Irrigation Training and Research Center.
Brandon Styles said he and Masek had been engaged since August.
When the couple got a call from a casting agent on Christmas Eve inviting them to exchange vows on national television, “we just jumped on the chance," Styles said.
The two were sworn to secrecy until Sunday, unable to tell anyone the real reason they were visiting Los Angeles.
“Now everybody understands,” he said.
Even so, Masek and Styles will have to wait to celebrate their nuptials.
Masek, a resident in emergency medicine at Stanford University, is departing for a two-week trip to Haiti. After that, the couple is waiting until Masek has finished his residency and Styles has sold his San Luis Obispo house to hold a private wedding, tentatively scheduled for 2015.
“This time, Madonna will not be at our wedding,” Styles quipped. “I don’t think we can afford that.”