Getting married is stressful enough. Add that the president is visiting very near where you’re set to exchange vows, and it turns downright wild.
That is what happened Saturday, the day a San Diego couple planned for a picture-perfect wedding at Yosemite Valley Chapel.
Ninety minutes before the scheduled 1 p.m. ceremony, the groom, Javier Saucedo, found his way blocked because of security issues. The chapel is about a quarter-mile from where President Barack Obama gave a speech Saturday morning.
“That’s when I panicked,” Saucedo said. “Like, ‘Oh, no!’ That’s when I got out and basically ran down here to make sure I got to the wedding.”
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Saucedo estimates it was about two miles. Then when he arrived, he found the chapel empty. Fortunately, around 75 guests – and his bride, Alexis Garza-Montejano – would eventually trickle in.
We love Obama! We hold no grudge. But, if he wants, he can send us a card.
Javier Saucedo, whose Saturday wedding in Yosemite was challenged by the president’s visit
Saucedo and Garza-Montejano were warned of possible delays, but thought they would have been at the park entrance, not within Yosemite Valley. They didn’t have a lot of time to prepare an alternative, since the president’s visit was only announced June 9.
While it caused them delays, they weren’t upset.
“We love Obama! We hold no grudge. But, if he wants, he can send us a card,” Saucedo said with a smile.
Besides, he said, “everything turned out to be fantastic” – a two-mile run notwithstanding.
The newlyweds called it a memorable experience. “I mean, we made it,” Saucedo said. “So that’s all that matters.”