LAKELAND, Fla. - The government shutdown has a Lakeland couple scrambling to make new wedding plans.
Polk County Deputy Michael Music and dispatcher Brandy Woods planned to get married this Friday on the west lawn of the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C.
The two history buffs got the permit, and friends and family got their tickets.
Then the government shutdown.
"I'm mad. I'm very mad right now," Woods said.
"We're still getting married!"
The couple got an e-mail from the National Park Service warning them that in a shutdown, they have to terminate "all permitted activities."
They do have the option to reschedule but at this point tickets are booked and plans are already in motion.
"To be so excited and in a matter of a day you're all the way at the bottom," Music said, describing their emotions.
"Now we're in limbo, trying to figure out what we're going to do, so we're just going to wing it."
Wing it, and hope that it goes as well as his flash mob proposal.
Last year, Woods' family and friends caught her by surprise with an elaborate song and dance at a Lakeland park.
It culminated to the big moment where Music got down on a knee and proposed. They've been planning their big day ever since.
"I don't want to be mad on my wedding day, and I don't want to be mad on our honeymoon," Woods said.
"It's also ruining our family and friends' vacation and it's ruining our honeymoon at the same time."
The husband-to-be is determined not to let that happen.
"We're going to find a way to get married. If it's not going to be on the west lawn of the Jefferson Memorial, we'll do it on a public sidewalk in front of the White House. Either way it's going to get done," he said.
Music and Woods fly out to the nation's capital on Thursday. Their wedding is scheduled for Friday at 3:3 0pm.
They are praying the government will re-open for business before they arrive.
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