Bankruptcy halts local couple's wedding

RIVERSIDE, Calif. Then the golf club closed its doors, filed for bankruptcy and the couple's money was all gone.

Golfers that planned to play a round at the Riverside Golf Club were surprised to learn the course had closed down. The gates were locked, and no one was more surprised than Dimitra Kelly and John Brown. Their wedding was scheduled to be at the course on Saturday.

"We have no more money, and the people won't call us back. We wrote checks and paid cash money to this facility. They will not call us, and we have people travelling from all over the U.S., and we have no place to get married," said Kelly, the bride-to-be.

Brown and Kelly say they paid the bankrupt course operator over $3,500. The operator then filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy Aug. 14.

"I don't blame anyone. I just want them to make it right and give us our money back because it's not our fault, and it may not be theirs because of this tough economy. But just give us our money back," pleads Kelly.

Due to bankruptcy entanglements, that's not going to happen. On Thursday, the couple said the response from the public has been encouraging.

"I appreciate the help from the community and all of the offers and everything. I'm looking at it as a positive in that this is gonna happen, a smooth transition, and whatever the tragedy was, it's being turned around," she said.

The city of Riverside offered two locations for the ceremony and reception at nominal costs, and the offer is being considered. The future of the golf course is unclear; it's going to be closed for quite some time. The city says they'll water it and keep it clean.

For the Brown and Kelly wedding ceremony, it's still set for Saturday at a location still to be announced. They have very little money to work with.

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