Shutdown cancels couple's Great Smoky Mountains wedding

CBS 2 Chicago

GSMNP, Tenn. (WVLT) -- A Chicago couple's dream wedding in the Great Smoky Mountains may become a nightmare as the government shutdown continues.

Brad Krzyzanowski and Maggie Chardell planned a wedding at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, where they were engaged and where they vacationed with Chardell's late father, according to CBS 2 Chicago.

However, the couple recently received an email from the federal government that their wedding, scheduled in June, has been canceled. The couple said they called for more information, but were only able to reach a voicemail that said, "if you have a reservation or location during the lapse in funding, it may not be honored," CBS 2 reported.

"I mean it's the second longest shutdown," Krzyzanowski said.

With their June date months away, he wondered why their reservation was canceled, when the shutdown could be resolved much sooner.

"It'll probably be over in a couple of days," he speculated.

Ellen Crivellone with the Smoky Mountain Wedding Association says they've helped couples like this before.

"The last shut down I think there was a good dozen that we ended up helping out and actually know that our members stepped up," Crivellone said.

She said in previous years they didn't send notices of possible cancellation that far out. Their members can still make dreams come true for couples, just in different locations.

"The backbone of the Smoky Mountains, you will not find anyone who will step up and help you more than the people here," Crivellone said.

President Trump has said he's willing to let the shutdown go on for "years," though, to secure funding for a southern border wall.

The couple said they are far more concerned about federal workers not receiving pay, but they wanted to share their wedding troubles to show that the impacts reach far beyond the federal workforce.