Community saves wedding almost ruined by vanished venue owner

A young woman whose wedding plans were thrown into chaos last week looks like she'll be having her special day go off after all, thanks to the kindness of strangers.

Last week CJAD reported that Melissa Simpson was one of several people who had booked their wedding at the Bella Vista hall in Lasalle, only to see the venue close without warning and its owner Antonio Pina, along with their deposits, vanish without a trace.

Melissa Simpson says she she and her fiancee Emily lost the $2,000 deposit they paid the Bella Vista for their June wedding.

CJAD aired her story on Wednesday. By Friday, several people contacted the station looking for ways to help.

Simpson says the offers of chocolates, cookies, venues and even officiants overwhelmed her and her fiancee.

"The sense of community that's been shown through all of this has really made me proud," she said. "Everybody came through for us and it made us really, really happy."

The wedding is now set for October.

As for the Bella Vista's owner, Simpson says she and other victims plan to pursue him through small claims court.

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  1. Michael posted on 04/15/2014 08:40 AM
    Funny, CJAD was advertizing "Silver & Gold for cash" last week and it was being held in exactly the same place ???
  2. Julia posted on 04/21/2014 11:41 AM
    Glad to hear all is going well, and that they will finaly get a dream wedding.
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