- Posted October 9, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Shutdown over: What next?
Wedding plans affected by the shutdown
- Jareen, CNN iReport producer
Jake and Stephanie Kloepfer met in the Lamar Valley of Yellowstone National Park, while watching wolves. The couple fell in love, had a son and returned to Yellowstone, from Ohio, for their wedding day.
Accompanied by guests and family, Jake and Stephanie hoped to share their love of Yellowstone with their loved ones, but the park was closed due to the government shutdown. Fortunately, for the soon to be newlyweds, their wedding was scheduled to take place at a church in Gardiner and so the nuptials went off without any problems.
Prior to the wedding, Jake and Stephanie approached a ranger at the North Gate to Yellowstone and asked if it would be okay for them to set aside the closed sign under the Roosevelt Arch so that they could have their photo taken without the drama of the government shutdown being front and center. One simple request, after their plans to have photos taken inside of the park, in the place that they met, had been shattered.
Jake and Stephanie were told no, they could not move the signs for even five minutes and that doing so could result in a ticket. The ranger who delivered the bad news was sympathetic and apologetic.
When asked if they had been saying, "I'm sorry," a lot, the ranger replied that yes, they had and it wasn't even their fault.
"And, I'm not even getting paid," the ranger added.
Jake and Stephanie were not going to let any government shutdown ruin their wedding day and they never skipped a beat while making alternative photo arrangements to have the Roosevelt Arch included in their photos, without the closed signs in view.