Couple's wedding woes solved by generous surprise
VANCOUVER, Wash. - Niki Stephan and her fianc Brian had to cancel their wedding in July after they found out their wedding venue had to close due to fire code violations.
The owners of the Arista Ballroom in Southeast Portland didn't refund the couple's $4,000 for their reservation, Stephan said.
"That's what I've asked of them," Stephan said in July. "Please do the right thing."
When she heard the couple's story, wedding planner Kristina Kutz sent a link to the story on KATU.com to other wedding businesses.
"I heard about the story and it kind of broke my heart," she said. "Sooner or later it became a snowball effect."
Earlier this month, Kutz's company, Niella's Special Events, surprised Stephan with a check for $20,000 for her wedding.
Everything was paid for - the venue, food, flowers - down to the last detail. All Stephan has to do is show up in her dress.
Many vendors joined the effort to make the couple's wedding happen.
The couple will even have their original wedding date: March 17.
Stephan admitted that her faith in people was shaken after Arista's owners kept her money without delivering a wedding.
"I'm amazed. I'm really, truly amazed," Stephan said.
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