A Florida couple invited guests to their lavish wedding at a 16,300 square foot mansion complete with a tennis court, bowling alley and pool with a waterfall.
In their glossy wedding invitation, Courtney Wilson and Shenita Jones – who referred to themselves as “the Royal couple” – claimed they owned the sprawling $5.6 million mansion with 15 bathrooms.
They called the Southwest Ranches mansion their “dream home” and they said God sent them a message to hold their dream wedding there.
However, the homeowner didn’t receive the same message from God.
Nathan Finkel’s late father, who owned the mansion, was an early IHOP restaurant franchisee. Finkel recently listed it the home for over $5 million.
Finkel was baffled when Wilson showed up outside the gate on Saturday morning to set up for the wedding.
The homeowner told Wilson he never gave them permission to hold their nuptials there.
“I have people trespassing on my property,” Finkel told a 911 dispatcher, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported Wednesday.
“And they keep harassing me, calling me. 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.”
Police arrived promptly and told Wilson and his friends to hit the road. No arrests were made.
Wilson previously toured the home as a potential buyer. He fell in love with the property and fancied himself and his new bride living there.
Then he received the Divine message from God telling him the home was his free and clear.
Squatters around the country claim to receive that same Divine message.
“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?”