Bride says venue owner took her money, disappeared 5 days before wedding: ‘I’m angry’

Bride says venue owner took her money, disappeared 5 days before wedding: ‘I’m angry’

Ohio couple Christopher Barringer and Diadria Woods were allegedly swindled out of $1,500 by a venue owner the week of their wedding. (Photo: Devae Powell/Behind the Mask Photography)

A bride says she paid $1,600 to a venue owner who disappeared the week of her 200-person wedding, with all her money.

Diadria Woods, 38, and Christopher Barringer are getting married on Saturday at Faith Community Church in Toledo, Ohio, and will be holding their reception at a venue formerly called Garden Lake Hall. The couple paid then-owner Michael Huggins monthly installments for the rental, covering the hall, kitchen space, electricity, table linens, cutlery, glasses and chair covers for the big day.

WTVG that she’s responsible for graduation parties and weddings totaling $20,000 — money that Huggins stole. “There was an agreement not to take any more bookings or any more money but the opposite thing happened,” she said.’ data-reactid=”61″>Owens declined an interview with Yahoo Lifestyle. On Monday, she told Toledo, Ohio, news station, WTVG that she’s responsible for graduation parties and weddings totaling $20,000 — money that Huggins stole. “There was an agreement not to take any more bookings or any more money but the opposite thing happened,” she said.

Owens is reportedly allowing many customers to hold their scheduled functions, without DJs and photo booths promised by Huggins. And Woods tells Yahoo Lifestyle that 30 additional women called the venue on Tuesday to confirm their supposed events.

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