LAKE TAHOE (CBS13) — Wedding bells are in jeopardy for a couple hoping to get married in Lake Tahoe, because of the federal government shutdown.

Greg Wright and Annie Drinkwater have the guest book they created and plenty of handmade decorations ready for their dream wedding at Lake Tahoe’s Valhalla Estate.

Everything was going to be perfect.

“We picked this little place that was on the lake. It looks like a log cabin,” Drinkwater said.

Now, just 10 days away, their wedding is in doubt.

“What are we going to do now? And what can we do now?” Drinkwater said.

Valhalla Estate sits on national park land, and it’s closing because of the federal government shutdown. Now with 120 wedding guests on hold, the couple is scrambling to figure out what to do.

“We went from writing our vows yesterday, and finalizing our vows, to finding out we weren’t going to be able to be married where we wanted to be,” said Wright.

Without Congress approving a spending plan, their dream wedding won’t happen.

“Reservations that were made a year ago, they’re now null and void.,” Wright said.

Lawmakers are showing no love for this groom and bride. The couple says they’ve paid $20,000 toward their wedding day and don’t know where they’ll marry if the shutdown isn’t lifted.

“I’ve waited too long i feel to marry this guy,” Drinkwater said. “I just want to marry him now.”


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