A brazen Florida couple tried to throw a lavish wedding at a mansion they hadn't hired, believing it was vacant and even telling guests it was their own home, only to turn up and be confronted by the confused owner who called 911.
Shenita Jones and Courtney Wilson planned to tie the knot at a $5.7 million estate with 7.2 acres of sprawling land in Southwest Ranches, Florida, that is currently owned by an heir to the IHOP restaurant franchise empire, according to the Sun Sentinel.
Wilson had posed as a prospective buyer to visit the home several times in the weeks leading up to the nuptials and a detailed wedding website invited their guests to join them for a lavish ceremony at what they claimed was 'our dream home and Estate.'
But, the couple had not hired the property - let alone bought it - and the real owner Nathan Finkel knew nothing of the plan until Wilson showed up on the morning of the big day.
A 911 call on April 17 revealed a baffled Finkel telling the dispatcher people were 'trespassing' on his property and had told him it was 'God's message' that they should be wed at his home.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
A brazen Florida couple (pictured Shenita Jones and Courtney Wilson) invited guests to their wedding at a vacant mansion they hadn't hired, only to turn up for the ceremony and be confronted by the confused owner who called 911
The couple planned to tie the knot at a $5.7 million estate with 7.2 acres of sprawling land in Southwest Ranches, Florida, (above) that is currently owned by an heir to the IHOP restaurant franchise empire
The bizarre incident began some weeks ago when Wilson started making multiple visits to the mansion pretending he was interested in buying it, Town Attorney Keith Poliakoff told the Sentinel.
The home, featuring a 16,313-square-foot home nine-bed property, is on the market for $5.7 million.
It was first listed for $7.25 million back in 2019 but the price has been slashed since.
With its grand ballroom, two-story gentleman's bar, movie theater, 2-lane bowling alley, pool, tennis court and dance studio, the estate makes the perfect venue for a dream wedding.
Poliakoff said Wilson took many photos and then asked the owner if he could use the property as his wedding venue.
Finkel said no to the request, Poliakoff said.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
But the couple appear to have ignored his response, with their elaborate wedding website detailing their lavish nuptials at the home.
The bride and groom planned their wedding for 3:30 pm on April 17 at the property at 5550 Hancock Road.
In the invite, the couple claim it is their property, describing it as 'our home' and even renaming it 'The Wilson's Estate'.
The bride and groom invited guests to join them for a lavish ceremony at the property, claiming it was their home and even renaming it 'The Wilson's Estate'
They planned their wedding for 3:30 pm on April 17 at the property at 5550 Hancock Road which they described as 'our dream home and Estate'
Jones and Wilson also invited their guests to return to 'our home' the next day for a 'wonderful Sunday brunch' featuring 'delicacies from our renowned chef on our resort style pool, while being entertained by the sounds of a live Jazz band'
The ceremony was to be followed by a 'Red carpet cocktail hour' and a reception that would continue into the night, ending at 2:30 am.
'It is our honor to welcome you into our dream home and Estate, to share this special occasion with us,' the website reads.
We are excited to celebrate our wedding night with you and look forward