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Shutdown means wedding, honeymoon changes for Tucson couple

TJ Aguilera and his fiancé Talene Hutchison (Photos courtesy TJ Aguilera) TJ Aguilera and his fiancé Talene Hutchison (Photos courtesy TJ Aguilera)
TJ Aguilera and his fiancé Talene Hutchison (Photos courtesy TJ Aguilera) TJ Aguilera and his fiancé Talene Hutchison (Photos courtesy TJ Aguilera)
Rose Canyon Amphitheater (Photos courtesy TJ Aguilera) Rose Canyon Amphitheater (Photos courtesy TJ Aguilera)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The partial government shutdown is getting personal for a Tucson couple.

TJ Aguilera and his fiancé Talene Hutchison won't be able to get married Saturday at their dream wedding site on Mt. Lemmon like they originally planned.

The two had their hearts set on Rose Canyon Lake Amphitheater, located about 15 miles up from the base of Mt. Lemmon.

Even though their venue is managed by a private company, it's on federally funded Coronado National Forest land. That means the company needs to comply with the federal government's request to stop campsite operations during the partial government shutdown.

"At this point, it's not worth me getting upset about or losing sleep over," said Aguilar. "I just hope everything that's going on, they these guys (politicians) can just figure it out and realize that there is a lot of impact by the decisions that are being made right now that they probably don't even realize."

Aguilera and Hutchison will still have their wedding Saturday, but have moved the ceremony to Brandi Fenton Memorial Park located at East River Road and North Alvernon Way.

The two say they're stressed with all the last-minute changes, especially notifying all their guests and running around town finalizing the details.

"I would say the thing that's most frustrating is we are getting back of course the money from our rentals and things like that, but you can't get back the time you loss," said Hutchison.

To make matters worse, the couple will need to make new honeymoon plans, too.

They were supposed to go to Yosemite National Park in California, but that's also closed because of the government shutdown.

Despite all of the last-minute changes, the couple seems to have a good attitude about all the extra stress.

"At this point, it's not worth me getting upset about or losing sleep over. In the end, it made me realize that it really doesn't matter where you get married," said Aguilar. "We're getting married because we love each other." He added, "That doesn't change because we're not going to get married on Mt. Lemmon."

Hutchison agrees. "I think just at the end of the day, I do get to marry my sweetheart and I think that's what it's all about," she said.

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