Couple evicted after trying to get married in a mansion that they didn’t own

Sinead Butler
Saturday 24 April 2021 10:36
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A couple invited family and friends to a Fort Lauderdalemansion for their weekend wedding celebration.

There was just slight one problem though....

The couple - Courtney Wilson and Shenita Jones - didn’t own the 16,300-square-foot estate nor did they have permission to use it, but thought that owner wouldn’t be home at the time.

However, they were sorely mistaken.

The mansion’s owner, Nathan Finkel was understandably shocked when he saw the groom on the property, getting ready for his big day and called 911 on Saturday morning.

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“They keep harassing me, calling me,” Finkel told a dispatcher.

“They say they’re having a wedding here and it’s God’s message. I don’t know what’s going on. All I want is (for) it to stop. And they’re sitting at my property right at the front gate right now.”

Wilson left the property when the police eventually arrived and no charges were filed.

It seems that Wilson had a divine calling when it came to choosing his wedding venue and “said it was God’s plan that [he and Jones] marry” at the mansion.

A look inside the Fort Lauderdale mansion.

(YouTube/WPLG Local 10)

Several months before, Wilson, toured the estate, posing as a potential buyer said Keith Poliakoff, attorney for Southwest Ranches, the suburb where Finkel lives.

“A few months later, this guy asked Nathan if he could use Nathan’s backyard for his wedding,” Poliakoff said. “Nathan said no.”

A copy of the wedding invitation shown in a Boing Boing post describes where to find the bride and groom’s “dream home and Estate,” and that guests were in for “a wonderful evening of celebration, exquisite feast and dancing at our Royal Extravaganza!!”

“The guy figured it was a vacant house and didn’t realize Nathan lived on the property in a different home,” Poliakoff said.

“This guy had no idea he lived there. You know the shock that must have been on his face when he showed up at the gate and the owner was home?”

The Saturday afternoon ceremony would be followed by a red carpet cocktail hour and a reception lasting past midnight. Then Sunday brunch would last from noon to 4 pm.

Sounds like they had it all figured out apart from one important detail...

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