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Government shutdown affects local couple's wedding plans
PENSACOLA BEACH -- It's every bride's worst nightmare. The place where you planned your wedding is closed with no idea of when it'll reopen. This wedding we're talking about is on Sunday. Now she's left trying to find a new location.
A big wedding wasn't an option for Jessica Urgo.
Her fianc is currently stationed at Fort Rucker in Dothan, Alabama and may be deployed soon. She quit her job in Chicago and moved to Dothan to be with him. She couldn't have her dream wedding but picked the perfect location here in Pensacola a few months ago: Fort Pickens. It's where her fianc proposed.
"We're sort of having this small wedding... A place that really meant something to us," Urgo said.
But she's at a road block, literally-- Fort Pickens is closed because of the government shutdown. Since she was in Chicago, she couldn't scout out other places.
Her options now-- use the public beach near Fort Pickens or the backyard of a beach house she's renting.
"You have this dream wedding in your mind... Oh my god what are we gonna do it's in two days," Urgo said.
To make matters worse-- her honeymoon plans are in limbo. She can't get a military ID. Although their honeymoon isn't until the end of November, she doesn't know how long this shutdown will last.
"I can't get my name changed... As far as I know"
Her best friend is officiating the wedding. He's been her support through this and believes it'll all work out in the end.
"It puts a huge burden on everybody... They pull the rug out from under you."
And the couple says if they can get through this hurdle at the start of their marriage, they can get through anything for the rest of their lives.