Beckie Streed, right, and her fiance, Marc DeMasters, have planned their wedding in Yosemite on Oct. 20, 2013. But they’re working on alternative
Beckie Streed, right, and her fiance, Marc DeMasters, have planned their wedding in Yosemite on Oct. 20, 2013. But they're working on alternative plans in case the park is still closed due to the government shutdown. Photo (Courtesy of Beckie Streed)

The food order for Beckie Streed's wedding was faxed Tuesday but she has not heard back. It probably sat in the Yosemite Lodge's machine Wednesday.

And there it could stay Thursday, and Friday, and as long as the federal government remains shutdown, the closure inching closer to her wedding date of Oct. 20 at Yosemite Valley in the postcard-friendly place where she met the love of her life.

"It's crazy," said Streed, 31, whose venue might be closed.

As Yosemite National Park emptied Wednesday thanks to the federal shutdown, a wave of worry washed over people like Streed, who have booked weddings or trips to the area, or who own businesses there. After the shutdown Monday evening, visitors already inside the park were given 48 hours to leave.

A few weeks lost at Yosemite, for those who spoke to this newspaper by phone, mean canceling or rearranging annual trips or plans of a lifetime.

"We're all kind of pissed off," said Karen Najarian, 60, of Martinez, who canceled her and her friends' annual Yosemite getaway.

This year would have marked the 20th anniversary since they first visited for training as Girl Scout leaders. Over the years, their trip has morphed into an outdoor mom support session, with margaritas in blenders plugged into the bathrooms, hikes and the singing of Girl Scout songs.

"Not that we just go there and sing songs and roast marshmallows," Najarian said. "We bring our whole selves."

They are moving the trip to Calaveras Big Trees State Park where Najarian said, "we'll be among the giant sequoias, which cannot be a bad thing."

For the Rev. Autrey Nassar, a San Jose native who runs a small wedding business in Mariposa County, loss of tourism is the biggest fear. Tourism revenue drives these small towns, he said, and he hopes there is no repeat of the government shutdown of 1995 and 1996, when some businesses went belly up.

Beckie Streed and her fiance, Marc DeMasters, have planned their wedding at this chapel in Yosemite on Oct. 20, 2013. But they’re working on
Beckie Streed and her fiance, Marc DeMasters, have planned their wedding at this chapel in Yosemite on Oct. 20, 2013. But they're working on alternative plans in case the park is still closed because of the government shutdown that has closed the park to visitors. (Courtesy Dana Grover)

"The whole town will look rather dead," Nassar said. "We certainly have to believe that the madness will stop. It has to."

Joyce Pennell of San Mateo still has to break the news of Yosemite's shutdown to Celine Dumas. Pennell met Dumas and her family in France in 1976, when Dumas was 3, and used to show her slides of Yosemite. Now 40, Dumas and her husband and children are visiting the United States in two weeks for the first time. Yosemite is the top on her list of places to visit.

"It just seems so ridiculous and such a shame," Pennell said. "They've heard about Yosemite for so long and now they are coming and there's a possibility they won't be able to go."

As for Streed, she and fiance, Marc DeMasters, are expecting 30 guests -- from San Jose to her town of Portola Hills in Orange County -- to travel to attend her Yosemite wedding. Some guests plan to stay at Yosemite Lodge, which is also scheduled to cater the event. But if the shutdown continues until then and the lodge is still closed down, the couple plan to hold the wedding just outside the park.

Streed said fingers are crossed and she remains hopeful, even joking about the situation.

"First we were planning the wedding and there was a fire. Now, it could just be closed," she said. "Bring some umbrellas, too, just in case."

David DeBolt covers breaking news. Contact him in Richmond at 510-262-2728. Follow him at Twitter.com/daviddebolt.