[guest post by Dana]
The news has been pretty heavy this week, so here’s a crazy little story from Florida about a couple who planned to hold their wedding at a luxurious estate. Problem was, they didn’t have the owner’s approval:
Two lovebirds thought a palatial mansion in scenic Southwest Ranches was the perfect place to tie the knot.
God called them there, they said. So the pair, referring to themselves as “the Royal Couple,” posted an online invitation to “our dream home and estate” — a 16,313-square-foot home with nine bedrooms, 15 bathrooms, a bowling alley, a theater and an 800-square-foot bar.
Trouble was, it was someone else’s home.
The owner was confounded when groom Courtney Wilson and another person showed up at the gate Saturday morning, prepared to set up for Wilson’s wedding to Shenita Jones at what the invite called “the Wilson estate.”
“I have people trespassing on my property,” a fed-up Nathan Finkel told a 911 dispatcher. “And they keep harassing me, calling me. They say they’re having a wedding here and it’s God’s message. I don’t know what’s going on. All I want is [for] it to stop. And they’re sitting at my property right at the front gate right now.”
Wilson, his bride and their guests never made it onto the sprawling $5.7 million property.
The wedding was supposed to start at 3:30 p.m. Saturday. A “Red Carpet Cocktail Hour” was to take place immediately afterward followed by a reception that was to last well past midnight until 2:30 a.m.
Guests were invited to return the following day for Sunday brunch from noon to 4 p.m.
“The guy figured it was a vacant house and didn’t realize Nathan lived on the property in a different home,” said Poliakoff, the town attorney. “This guy had no idea he lived there. You know the shock that must have been on his face when he showed up at the gate and the owner was home?”
The individuals left when directed.
P.S. Some months before the wedding, Wilson reportedly visited the property and presented himself as a potential buyer. He then asked Finkle if he could use the mansion for his wedding. Finkle said no.