Couples jilted as hall closes without warning or deposit reimbursement

A bride to be isn't blushing these days: she's angry and disappointed that the venue she booked her June wedding at has closed, the owner unreachable and her $2,000 deposit gone.

Other customers are also complaining that they've heard nothing from the owner of the Bella Vista hall on Lasalle's Newman boulevard, and wonder where he and their money have gone.

Melissa Simpson was supposed to marry her girlfriend Emily on June 21st at the Bella Vista. But now they're looking for another venue.

Simpson says she lost contact with Bella Vista owner Antonio Pina on April 3 - after she noticed the venue was closed.

Another customer, Doug McKenna, booked his August wedding at the Bella Vista in January. he says he checked out the Bella Vista and saw that it had been cleared out in March.

With two months before the wedding, Simpson says she'll likely postpone the big day

"I'm feeling pretty disappointed and I'm pretty sad about it," she said. "We had a lot of money, we had a lot of planning set up, and now we're stuck."

Both say they are likely going to contact the police.

The Bella Vista's owner did not return CJAD's call.

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  1. michele posted on 04/09/2014 07:49 PM
    I had my wedding reception there in august 2011! he was a very nice guy! i'm very surprised with this...the second picture to the right was our wedding, with the purple ballons!
  2. Lori posted on 04/10/2014 09:59 PM
    There is an insurance product that you can purchase to avoid this type of situation, not many people know about it.
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