World's Unluckiest Bride Faces Four Wedding Disasters
They say bad luck comes in three, but tell that to one bride-to-be who has suffered a quadruple whammy of misfortune since getting engaged in August 2018.
Steph Carr, 31, was thrilled when her partner of 13 years James Fuller, 35, popped the question, but it's been problem after problem ever since.
First, her dream wedding venue cancelled after it was bought by Netflix, her £3,500 holiday to Florida was cancelled when Thomas Cook collapsed, her hen do ended in disaster when the stripper broke his leg and now, her wedding day and new honeymoon have been cancelled due to coronavirus.
"It has been absolutely devastating - you start to feel like your wedding is cursed, like how could so many things go wrong?," said mum-of-two Steph.
"This is supposed to be every girl's dream come true and a fairytale day but it has been more like a nightmare.
"I'm really organised, I had the venue booked a month after we got engaged and by January 2019, everything was sorted - the dress, the caterers, the lot.
"Every time something went wrong, I'd work so hard to fix it and find an alternative, but with coronavirus hitting the UK weeks before the wedding, there was no way it was going ahead.
"We are having to postpone the wedding now, our venue have been helpful with looking for another date but I don't know if our suppliers can do then so it's all a mess.
"I am really upset, I just wanted to marry James and it seems like the world has done everything it can to stop that which is so devastating."
Assistant branch manager James proposed to Steph with the help of their children Sophie, 11, and Harry, 6, in August 2018.
Just a month later, the happy couple had booked their dream wedding venue at Littleton Park House at Shepperton Studios.
However in April 2019, Steph received a call form the venue to say they were cancelling her big day.
"The venue rang me and just said 'we're really sorry but we're cancelling your wedding and you'll get refunded'," explained Steph.
"I was devastated, I'd fallen in love with the venue and when I asked them why, they were super vague and just said they're not doing weddings any more.
"We'd already set our wedding date by then and loads of venues had been booked so we struggled to find another one at late notice and the cheapest we could get was £2,000 more than we'd spent on the first venue.
"I sued Shepperton Studios for the £2,000 excess because it was their fault we were left paying that much for a new venue, and they settled out of court with us and paid us the money.
"It wasn't until three months later that I saw in the press that Netflix had signed a production deal with Shepperton Studios and I realised that's why they'd cancelled my wedding."
Steph secured another venue and booked an exciting honeymoon through Thomas Cook to Disneyland Florida for two weeks with James and the children.
But in another cruel twist, Steph learnt to travel agent was going into liquidation, meaning she'd lose her £3,500 holiday.
"We'd been saving up forever for this holiday and the kids were so excited and it was all coming crashing down around us," the mum said.
"I couldn't get hold of anybody at Thomas Cook, it was mayhem, I had no idea if I would get my money back at all and we totally panicked.
"As soon as we could put a claim in for our money back, we did, but they said it would take three months before we could know if we were getting a full refund.
"I took a gamble and booked the holiday on credit cards before we knew if we'd get the refund, and I booked through Disney directly this time with American Airlines.
"It was more expensive as prices had soared due to the collapse, but we did thankfully get a full refund from Thomas Cook three months later."
Steph booked a new honeymoon and hoped that would be her troubles over. But bad luck had something else in store for Steph when she and her friends arrived at the 'For Your Eyes Only' club in Shoreditch to watch the sexy male strip show 'Dreamboys'.
Upon arriving, they learned a stripper had shattered his leg after jumping on to a 20 foot fireman's pole that had ripped out of the ceiling, knocking an elderly woman unconscious in the process.
"We'd literally just arrived when it happened and the club was carnage," said Steph.
"We were all sent to the back of the room whilst this poor guy lay on the stage with his leg facing the wrong way.
"It was an absolute mess, the night was ruined and we didn't want to stay in London so we just called the limo back and went straight back home.
"We ended up in a cocktail bar back in our local town and we still had a good time but I wanted my hen do to be at the show so it was disappointing to leave so suddenly."
Steph and James had hoped to walk down the aisle on 27th March 2020, but the unlucky couple have had to postpone their wedding and honeymoon indefinitely as coronavirus grips the country.
"I've got elderly relatives who wouldn't be able to come, the hotel advised us to reschedule and with the rule about social distancing, we had to make the decision to postpone," she explained.
"We're looking at rescheduling it for September 2020 as the venue said they can give us a date then, but all our wedding stuff has our original date on and I don't know if my suppliers would be available.
"Speaking to Disney about the honeymoon is proving to be a nightmare - they won't honour our free breakfast dining if we reschedule for October and the hotel isn't available so would cost loads more to rebook.
"I'm absolutely gutted. I've had two guests say to me today that they don't think they can get time off for the new date which is understable but so upsetting.
"James is obviously upset and so are the kids - my son Harry actually said 'I hate this planet' when we told him.
"I'm feeling very stressed and deflated and I don't really know what more I can do to make everything work like it did before."
Groom to be James added: "I'm devastated that this has happened and there is nothing I can do to change it or make things better.
"It's all been very upsetting for all of us but I am still looking forward to marrying Steph, whenever that will be."
Guys, we really feel for you. But we're sure that's your bad luck quota for the decade!
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