Government shutdown ruins dream wedding for San Diego bride

Yosemite National Park closed because of shutdown

SAN DIEGO - The government shutdown is ruining the most important day of a San Diego woman's life.

Dana Johnson has wanted to get married in Yosemite National Park since she was 8 years old. 

She and fiancé Brian Adams were supposed to say "I do" Friday on top of Glacier Point in Yosemite National Park.

"It's beautiful, it's breathtaking and I wanted to have that moment captured and the feeling of looking into his eyes," said Johnson.

Instead of taking care of those last-minute details days before her wedding, Johnson is left scrambling to find a brand new venue.

"I feel helpless. I feel frustrated and crushed that my childhood dream isn't happening," said Johnson.

Yosemite National Park is closed because of the government shutdown. No one is allowed into the park or the Awhanee Hotel located in Yosemite where Johnson was supposed to have an intimate dinner with 15 family members and friends after the ceremony.

"We found out it was real, that the gates were going to be locked and the guests are going to be escorted out of the Awhanee and that all the permits were null and void," said Johnson.

Johnson has been planning for more than a year and she paid more than $5,000 for her dream wedding.

Her wedding planner, Roshel Ryan of AddyRose Design, said she has several other couples in the same boat.

Johnson's planner and photographer Patrick Pike have been trying their best to come up with other options for the bride.

"It was very special to her," said Roshel. "It's a majestic location. We can't get that view from anywhere else in the world. It's very difficult to find anywhere that would compare to that but we are trying to come up with a plan B."

Johnson does have one idea, though she said several vendors said they are not on board.

"My other option is to do it illegally on the side of the road and what's the worst that could happen? I could get a ticket," said Johnson with a laugh.

Yosemite wedding pictures courtesy: Patrick Pike Studios

Engagement pictures courtesy: Minds Eye Photography

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