KANSAS CITY, Mo. — FOX 4’s Problem Solvers get action after airing a story about a wedding company in Osawatomie, Kan., that canceled weddings and, according to brides, never offered them a refund.
After our investigation, several brides will now get their dream wedding at their dream location. Kristen Loeb is one of them. She’s getting married in less than two weeks and up until Monday night, was frantically searching for a new venue.
“They called us and said that the fire marshal had shut down the building,” she recalled. “That there were some code violations and pretty much that we weren’t going to get to have our wedding.”
That call came from Mick Light and his wife, Brandi, co-owners of Grand Loft Events LLC. It’s a wedding company Loeb hired to plan everything and secure a venue on 6th Street in Osawatomie for her big day.
She said the Lights cancelled on her and told her she wouldn’t get a refund.
“I was upset and stressed,” Loeb said.
Loeb and several other brides were out thousands of dollars and without a place to get married.
“I was devastated,” Loeb said. “And I couldn’t imagine having to tell all these people that we had to change things.”
But a Fox 4 Problem Solvers investigation revealed the venue on 6th Street never actually closed. City fire officials told us Tuesday there were a few minor violations from the latest inspection, but not enough to shut down the building.
We also found out the Lights plan to file for bankruptcy.
“It is upsetting to think that whatever their reason was, that they didn’t take us into consideration for going through with our weddings,” Loeb said.
FOX 4 shared Loeb’s story with Dean Spears. He’s Mick Light’s uncle and owns the building Light leases for weddings.
Spears now wants to help. He said Light never paid him for the canceled weddings, but he’ll offer up his venue for the them free of charge.
“I feel like all of this has been like a horrible dream,” Loeb said. “And then a dream that I can’t believe is going to come together. It’s been a huge relief.”
Four other brides are also working with Spears and will get to have their weddings at the venue as originally planned.
But they’re still out thousands of dollars, so some have decided to file police reports alleging fraud and some plan to sue the Light family.
If you’re a bride affected by this situation, see below for a list of wedding planners, venues, vendors and DJs who watched this story and want to help. They’re expecting your call and might be able to offer discounts.
Terrace on Grand: http://terraceongrand.com/
TEAH Ballroom: http://teahballroom.com/
Staley Farms Golf Club: http://www.staleyfarmsgolf.com/-home
Plan Ahead Events KC: http://planaheadevents.com/kc/
Dotte Brothers BBQ and Catering, 816-547-6333
Wedding Planner, Monica Burton, 785-418-8061.
DJ, Philip Slater, 913-674-7576.
The Golf Club at Falcon Lakes: http://www.falconlakesgolf.com/
7th Street Event Center: http://eventcenterkck.com/
Museum at Prairiefire: http://www.visitprairiefire.com/museum/
Caterer, Leanne Roebbeke: 816-456-6813.