Shenita Jones and Courtney Wilson planned their dream wedding. They wanted to wed at a $5.7 million estate in Southwest Ranches, Florida. The property included 7.2 acres of sprawling land and was the perfect place to showcase their love. However, there was one problem – the Florida couple did not have permission from the owner of the mansion to use the property for their wedding.
The property is currently owned by an heir to the IHOP restaurant franchise. Wilson pretended to be a potential buyer who visited the estate several times in the week leading up to her wedding date. She found it after the property was posted on various real estate sites.
Nevertheless, the couple continued with their wedding plans and invited everyone to “our dream home” for a miraculous wedding. The bride and groom planned a lavish ceremony at the Florida estate and even went so far as to refer to the property as “The Wilson Estate.”
However, Jones and Wilson forgot one important detail for their wedding. They had not bought the mansion or even rented it for their big day. Instead, they were shocked when the real owner of the property, Nathan Finkel, arrived at the property on the morning of the wedding and discovered the plans.
Finkel placed a 911 call on April 17, 2021, and told the emergency dispatcher that there were people “trespassing” on his property. He explained to the dispatcher that the couple said it was “God’s message” that their wedding was supposed to be at his home.
As it turned out, Town Attorney Keith Poliakoff told the Sentinel that Wilson had been pretending to be an interested buyer in the weeks leading up to the wedding date. The property was first listed on the market back in 2019 for $7.25 million. The home is 16,313-square feet. Nevertheless, the price of the property has dropped over the last few months and is currently listed for $5.7 million.
Wilson’s wedding plans were extreme. The couple planned to have their wedding ceremony followed by a “Red carpet cocktail hour,” and the reception would go on through the night until it ended at 2:30 am the next morning.
“It is our honor to welcome you into our dream home and Estate, to share this special occasion with us,” the couple’s wedding website stated. “We are excited to celebrate our wedding night with you and look forward to a wonderful evening of celebration, exquisite feast, and dancing. At our Royal Extravaganza!”
Adding insult to injury, Wilson and Jones invited the wedding guests to come back to “our home” the following day for a “wonderful Sunday brunch” that would feature “delicacies from our renowned chef on our resort-style pool, while being entertained by the sounds of a live Jazz band.”
However, Wilson and another person showed up at the property on the day of the event to find that the true owner had returned. Finkel called the police and reported the wedding crashers as trespassing.
“I have people trespassing on my property,” Finkel said in the 911 call. “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.”
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