The Stolen Wedding

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Raised by 25 people in 30 months
Friends,

I would like to tell you about how our wedding was stolen.

Almost two years ago, my fiancee Saskia accepted my marriage proposal. We planned a long engagement to allow ourselves ample time to plan and save money. In May of 2013 we found a lovely venue named the Craftwood Inn, a historic restaurant that had been open since 1940. We loved the staff and quickly booked an all-inclusive package, putting down a five hundred dollar deposit for May 31, 2014.

We returned over the Summer to sample cake and dinner options. We bought wedding invitations and told our family and friends. My fiancee bought her wedding dress, we booked a honeymoon, everything was coming together.

In September of 2013, Saskia and I went to the Craftwood Inn and Paid in Full our remaining balance for the wedding, paying them six thousand, one hundred and fifty five dollars.

That was a huge mistake. A mistake we wouldn't know we had made until March 10, 2014. That was the day we read in the local paper that the Craftwood Inn had gone out of business.

Saskia was on the phone that morning, so when her mom called me on my phone, I really didn't think too much of it. But when her first words were, "Have you seen the article in the paper about the Craftwood?" I felt my heart sink. Her sad and worried tone said it all.

"No" I responded, trying to sound brave and strong. "Let me read it and I'll call you back."

As I read the Colorado Springs Gazette article, and was realizing the scope of the news, I heard Saskia choking back sobs in the kitchen. The phone call she had recieved was from our (now-former-maybe-rebooked) cake maker Carol, who called to let us know that she was still available for our wedding even though the Craftwood was now closed. This was not a fun phone call for Carol, who had assumed the Craftwood had already contacted us. They had not.

In the news coverage of the closing, the owner of the Craftwood has been very clear that he is filing for bankruptcy and that he has no money left to return. It also seems he has no intention of ever returning it, despite owning another still-open restaurant a few blocks away.

It is two days later, as of this writing. Saskia and I are emotionally exhausted. We still have not heard from our former wedding venue. We are moving forward and rebooking everything that was formerly to be provided by the all-inclusive deal we bought. New venue, new caterer, new contract for the DJ, new contract for the wedding cake and of course, new fees for everything.

We saved up for over a year to buy the first wedding. Now we are left with two and a half months to buy a second.

If there is anything you would like to do to Help Saskia and I, we would be eternally grateful. Even if all you have to give is time, please use it to read the articles below and maybe drop a link to this page in the comments.

All Our Best,
Brian and Saskia

Local News Coverage:

Colorado Springs Gazette
KRDO News Channel 13
KKTV 11 News
Colorado Springs Independent
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Update 3
30 months ago

We hit $2000.00!!!!!! Thank you!!!
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Update 2
30 months ago

We have raised $1,860.00 because of the generosity of AMAZING human beings!! We cannot sufficiently say thank you enough and are so very grateful to everyone who has donated, shared, re-posted and been supportive during this crazy time. We love you all!- Saskia & Brian
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Update 1
30 months ago

Thank you so much to everyone who has re-posted our page, shared, and especially those who have donated! We appreciate the support more than we even know how to put into words. Thank you everyone and we will keep posting as we move forward. Your support is making all of this possible, we are not sure where we would be right now without you!
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$2,165 of $6,655 goal

Raised by 25 people in 30 months
Created March 13, 2014
JA
$40
Jason Anderson
28 months ago
$35
Anonymous
29 months ago
$20
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29 months ago
$20
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29 months ago
JF
$50
Julie Fly
30 months ago

Can't wait to see you!!

$140
Anonymous
30 months ago
SR
$200
Shelley Runkle
30 months ago

My heart breaks for this development. I hope this helps in a small way.

$40
Anonymous
30 months ago
RH
$100
Ryan Hague
30 months ago

You guys are too awesome. I'm not sure I'll be able to make it out this May as things are in a little bit of upheaval here. I hope to make it out at some point, though. Congratulations and I hope things work out with the venue. ~Ryan

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Leanne Tatone
30 months ago

Sorry to hear about your venue. Wishing you both a beautiful wedding day.

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