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Reported by Jamel Major

Community rallies to save Mid-South couple's wedding

NESBIT, MS (WMC-TV) - A Mid-South couple is closer to having its wedding, despite being ditched by a run-away wedding planner.

For Ashley Wagner and her fiancee Michael Lemay, a chance at having a dream wedding is closer to becoming a reality. 

That wasn't the case last week, after the couple found out their Nesbit, Mississippi wedding haven, Bonne Terre Country Inn and Cafe', went bankrupt. 

Wagner says the owner of Bonne Terre left, along with their $6,000 deposit.

"When I found out they had gone bankrupt, my whole world turned upside down," Wagner said.

Kirk Houston with the Mid-South Wedding Show in Germantown, and Marilyn Zanini with Whispering Woods Hotel and Conference Center in Olive Branch, heard the couple's story and knew they had to help.

"The response has been overwhelming," Houston said. "I had offers to offer everything from facilities to wedding cakes to flowers and tuxedos.  Everything you can think of for a wedding."

"Let's try to get her going -- get her planning to stay in motion," Zanini added. "Pick the right location for her, help her in any way we can to create that fantastic day she was planning at Bonne Terre."

Wagner said her mother has contacted the innkeeper at Bonne Terre, Charles Orr, to see about getting the couple's money back.  But Orr referred her to his attorney, David Rozier.

In a statement for this story, Rozier said, "Sadly, Bonne Terre is one of the many casualties of the current economic crisis of our time.  It is certain not to be the last."

Monday, the couple said that now there is now hope, thanks to caring people who have stepped forward.

"It gives me piece of mind to know that everything is going to be ok, and we will still have our day," Wagner said.

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