HARDIN COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Attorney General Andy Beshear filed a lawsuit Wednesday against a Hardin County wedding venue owner for deceptive business practices.
Gabriella Farm LLC owner, Nicolle Thompson, is accused of conning at least seven couples several weeks before their weddings and pocketing their money.
Beshear says Thompson owes couples from Bullitt, Hardin, Jefferson and Meade Counties almost $30,000. The wedding venue allegedly took vendor payments from the couples, then canceled their weddings or provided subpar services.
According to the lawsuit, on September 6 and 7, someone from Gabriella Farm called at least three couples with weddings scheduled in September and October. The caller told the couples their weddings were canceled because the farm had been sold, and threatened legal action if the couples posted negative reviews on social media.
A Jefferson County groom who is mentioned in the lawsuit said he was forced to end his contract with Thompson less than a month before the wedding. He said he saw a bad online review and then contacted the vendors who were supposed to be booked for the wedding. Only the videographer had received a deposit, and the cake designer, photographer, DJ and bartender all allegedly did not know about the wedding.
A Bullitt County bride said she was supposed to have her wedding in the barn but "minutes" before her wedding was told she had to have it outside because the floor of the barn was under construction.
Beshear's office said a majority of the couples involved in the lawsuit had to either come up with thousands of dollars more to get a new venue and vendors, or postpone their weddings altogether.