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Bishop offers garden for weddings impacted by shutdown

11:55 AM, Oct 3, 2013   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- This week, you may have heard about how some couple planning to get married have had to cancel their weddings due to the federal shutdown.

Now, the Episcopal Diocese of Washington says Bishop Mariann Budde is offering the garden outside the diocesan offices at Washington National Cathedral for weddings that were supposed to happen at federal sites.

"The shutdown's impact on people's lives is incalculable, and we're all struggling to find ways to support our neighbors," said Bishop Budde in a written statement. "As one modest gesture, we invite those whose outdoor wedding plans were unexpectedly changed to consider the Bishop's Garden as an alternate site, and we offer it to them free of charge."

Budde said a member of the diocese proposed the idea after reading about Mike Cassesso and MaiLien Le, whose wedding was scheduled to be held on the west lawn of the Jefferson Memorial. You can see the story about their wedding here: http://www.wusa9.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=277233

Couples whose weddings are affected by the shutdown are invited to call Cheryl Wilburn in the Bishop's office at 202-537-6543.

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