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The Shutdown Shuts Down Wedding At Yosimite

posted 7 Oct 2013, 05:36 by Mpelembe   [ updated 7 Oct 2013, 05:36 ]


R Reports - One week into the U.S. federal government shutdown and the affects are putting a damper on romance.

Meet Adam and Joy- a couple who'd been planning their dream wedding at Yosimite National Park.

You can imagine their disappointment when they learned the park would be closed.


"When we heard that Yosemite was going to be closed on Monday, and our wedding was on Sunday, I cried for two days straight. Two days straight. It was devastating."


"Yeah, I didn't know what to think at first, I was in shock, I knew this meant everything to her, we'd been planning and saving for a whole year, and it was pretty devastating."

But not all was lost for the couple. After hearing their story on the local news, some good Semaritians- democratic leaning good Samaritans- stepped up to lend a helping hand.

Jen Stakich, who owns a catering company, donated her time and facilities to rustle up a menu for the couple.


"I believe that the country is really being held hostage at the moment, I think that Republicans will really do anything to prevent people from having access to affordable healthcare, and I'm really proud that even though it affects people like Joy in a negative way, I'm really proud that for once, the Democrats aren't folding, and we're sticking to our guns, and we're not going to let ourselves be bullied."

About 20 vendors donated time and services so the couple ended up having their dream wedding after all.