Florida Couple Kicks of Marriage with Lies and Deception… Literally!

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A brazen Florida couple tried to throw a lavish wedding at a mansion believing it was vacant.  The couple  told guests it was their own home.

The Florida couple, identified as Shenita Jones and Courtney Wilson planned to tie the knot at the $5.7 million 16,300-square-foot (1,500-square-meter) estate with 7.2 acres of sprawling land in Southwest Ranches, Florida.

The home was owned by an heir to a lucrative IHOP restaurant franchise.

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Wilson had allegedly posed as a prospective buyer to visit the home several times in the weeks leading up to the nuptials after it was posted on realty sites.

A detailed wedding website invited guests to join the bride and groom for a lavish ceremony at what they claimed was ‘our dream home’, even calling the property ‘The Wilson Estate.’ But, the Florida couple had not even hired the property – let alone bought it – and the real owner Nathan Finkel knew nothing of their plan until Wilson showed up on the morning of the big day.

The couple planned their wedding for 3:30 pm on April 17 at the property at 5550 Hancock Road.

A 911 call on April 17 revealed a baffled Finkel telling the dispatcher people were ‘trespassing’ on his property and had told him it was ‘God’s message’ that they should be wed at his home. Full story here

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In their wedding invitations, they detailed their love story: reconnecting 30 years after high school and how he proposed over pizza on Christmas Eve.

The couple obtained their marriage license in Broward County.

The couple also invited their guests to return to ‘our home’ – which they dubbed ‘The Wilson’s Estate’ – the next day for brunch around ‘our resort style pool’

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