Updated: 10/04/2013 8:31 PM
Created: 10/04/2013 5:24 PM KSTP.com
By: Beth McDonough
It's supposed to be the happiest day of your life. But the Federal Government shutdown caused a major hiccup for one couple's wedding plans.
They still had their wedding, but it wasn't everything they hoped it would be.
A look around the bluffs in Taylors Falls and you wonder who wouldn't want to get married there? The couple had been planning their special day for months. They couldn't anticipate what would happen this week.
They still said "I do", but improvised.
With a bouquet in one hand, her soon to be husband holding the other, the paddle boat is ready and so is the couple. The plan was to get married while cruising on the scenic St. Croix River.
No doubt, this would be a day to remember for Kristianne Neeser and David Boroski, "who'd thought the government would shutdown, seriously? How do you close a river, I don't get that. There's much bigger problems involved and the government shutdown is inconvenient, it's gonna be a funny story later."
The boat has to stay right where it is, docked, indefinitely. That's the word from the National Park Service which regulates the river way, to the owner of Taylors Falls Scenic Boat Tours this week. Owner Amy Frischmon says, "the effect is absolutely devastating."
Her business and half a dozen others in the area depend on fall to stay afloat, "it's prime leaf season, leaves are just starting to change becoming beautiful, now with two weeks left of the season, you can't go on the river."
In an email, the Park Service warned it wouldn't renew her license to operate, if she ran boats on the river. She was booked for weeks out, now she's issuing refunds to customers and layoffs to workers.
Nearby in St. Croix Falls, two events are canceled for AutumnFest, the area's fall festival this weekend.
Catherine Veith-Bruno is with the Falls Chamber of Commerce, "closings like that always have an economic impact, yes it's a bummer."
Back at the St. Croix, wedding guests boarded the boat. While they wouldn't be cruising, they celebrating. Taking what could've been a setback as spectacular as the scenery, in stride.
Neeser says,"it's still beautiful here, luckily the dock area is still pretty, let us use the boat, we just can't leave the dock, oh yah and nobody's going to get seasick."
The DNR confirms recreational boaters can still go on the river. State and county parks remain open for hikers.