Government Shutdown Wedding | Rerouting a Couples Dream

Since I’ve been a wedding photographer, I’ve come to expect the unexpected.  I’ve seen couples panic from big issues like lost wedding gowns at the airport, incorrect catering and floral orders the day of the wedding, to small things like missing shoes, spray tan disasters and the dog-as-the-ring-bearer chasing a duck into the golf course pond.   We, at Tangled Lilac Photography, always tell the couple to release all their expectations and to just embrace their day as it unfolds.  More likely than not, a little something will go wrong, and more times than not, the couple does not even notice.  That’s because it’s usually something so small and insignificant that in the big scheme of things, it doesn’t really matter.

I wasn’t expecting this latest hiccup however.  This morning at 12:01AM in Washington DC, the government shut down.

But, what does this have to do with anyone’s wedding?

We at Tangled Lilac Photography photograph a lot of destination weddings at the Grand Canyon.  If you’ve seen any of the photos there, you can see why so many couples from around the world are drawn to this majestic wonder of the world.   It is a scene that conjures no words to adequately describe the beauty, serenity and magic of this place.  We’ve had couples from Germany, Switzerland, New York, Maine, Florida, Kansas and all states in between that have been married while looking over the rim.

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So, when we were contacted by our friend, Andrew, at Heart of Sedona, to photograph a Grand Canyon wedding at Shoshone Point, we were delighted.  It’s definitely one of our favorite places to photograph in the world, and to have it in our own backyard is a fortunate blessing afforded to us living in Northern Arizona.

What we didn’t anticipate is the Government Shutdown.  This morning, the gates at the Grand Canyon were closed, permits revoked and a “I’m truly sorry” was issued to the couple from New Jersey who we were scheduled to photograph tomorrow as they exchanged vows overlooking Shoshone Point.

Lucky for the couple, they had the foresight to hire a great team of professionals.  Andrew and I brainstormed and decided that a different location, not too far from their original destination, Merry Go Round Rock, would be a beautiful option.  It offers a beautiful overlook and heartstopping sunsets.   It’s going to be the perfect solution and, more importantly, gives the couple the peace to know they are going to have that perfect wedding after all.

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We’re looking forward to going to Merry Go Round Rock tomorrow and helping our new friends celebrate their life together.  Thank you for trusting us to be part of your new life together! ~ Melissa

 

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