We had a dream wedding at EM Fine Arts planned - a beautiful art gallery with bare brick walls, a mezzanine bar, and a view of the Space Needle. Four monthes to the big day the venue tells us they lost their business to an electrical fire - they're refusing to refund us because it was "force majeure." They had seemed too good to be true - EM was providing the sound equiptment, lighting, furniture, and many other wedding necessities - and we put down our deposite shortly after getting engaged and were overjoyed to have found such a perfect place. Now it's all gone, and we don't have the money to start over.
This wedding was on a shoestring budget to begin with, and the prospect of finding a new venue and paying for all the expenses that EM ensured us were included is completely overwhelming. We're both deep in student debt and struggling to get by - Erin's a psychologist working customer service and Whitney's an unemployed biologist trying to find work - and this wedding means so much to us and has been our motivation to push on. Any help from friends, family, and compassionate strangers would mean the world to us.
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