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Washington, DC - A Polk County couple who planned to be married this weekend in the nation's capital had to make some last minute alternate plans when the venue they arranged, the Jefferson Memorial, became unavailable due to the federal government shut down.

Brandy Woods and her fiancé, Michael Music, a deputy with the Polk County Sheriff's Office, say they had non-refundable plane tickets and no backup plan when they left for Washington ahead of their wedding scheduled for Friday. The couple had previously obtained a federal permit to be married on the monument grounds.

"We were just going to scout out locations and try to find a place to get married," said Woods, who was disappointed and stressed out, but determined to get married no matter what.

The couple's story caught the attention of Congressman Dennis Ross of Lakeland, who got in touch with the bride and groom after placing a call to Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd.

The congressman worked with House Speaker John Boehner, who authorized the couple to be married on a scenic balcony of the Capitol Building Friday afternoon.

"It actually worked out a lot better," said the very grateful bride. "The location was perfect, the scenery was very nice. It was just perfect!"

Brandy and Michael, who share a love of history, decided to spend their honeymoon in DC seeing the sights even though government monuments remain closed. They are scheduled to return to Florida on Wednesday.

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If you want to contact your Congressman:


Rep. Gus Bilirakis(R), Dist. 12:
2313 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: 202-225-5755
Fax: 202-225-4085


Rep. C.W. Bill Young(R), Dist. 13:
2407 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-5961
Fax: (202) 225-9764


Rep. Kathy Castor(D), Dist. 14:
205 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202)225-3376
Fax: (202)225-5652


Rep. Dennis Ross(R), Dist. 15:
229 Cannon HOB
Washington, D.C. 20515
Phone: (202) 225-1252
Fax: (202) 226-0585


Rep. Vern Buchanan(R), Dist. 16:
2104 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-5015
Fax: (202) 226-0828


Sen. Marco Rubio(R)
284 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington DC, 20510
Phone: 202-224-3041


Sen. Bill Nelson(D)
United States Senate
716 Senate Hart Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: 202-224-5274
Fax: 202-228-2183

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