“The Boss” Bruce Springsteen Takes Charge of Engagement Photo Shoot

By Bradley Blackburn

Sep 28, 2010 12:58pm

ABC's Bradley Blackburn and Jared Wiener report from New York: When a couple went to the Jersey Shore to snap engagement photos last week, their wedding story took a turn that could only be "Born in the U.S.A." New Jersey residents Ed Dwyer and Jennifer Smith hoped to capture the spirit of their home state in their engagement photos.  They never imagined they'd get the living symbol himself, Bruce Springsteen. Dwyer, Smith, photographer Kella MacPhee, and MacPhee's husband Chris were walking near Manasquan Inlet on the Jersey Shore, close to where the groom-to-be surfs.  Dwyer was carrying a guitar to strum on the beach. At the end of the boardwalk, they spotted a barefoot man sitting on a bench, wearing his sunglasses and watching the sunset. "That's Bruce Springsteen!" whispered Chris MacPhee. Noticing Dwyer's guitar, the Boss struck up a conversation. "Hey, play that thing! Let me see that box," Springsteen said, according to MacPhee. "I'm not going to play it — you're Bruce Springsteen," Dwyer replied. So Springsteen took him up on the offer.  The Grammy and Oscar-winning musician did a quick tune up of Dwyer's strings and then riffed on the couple's coming nuptials, as the couple smiled and listened, MacPhee recalled. Springsteen was "so cool, so nice, just had this presence about him that made you completely feel at ease," MacPhee said. After five minutes, the only-in-Jersey encounter was over, but you can be sure it'll live forever in the wedding album. Click here to return to the "World News" page.

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