The dream wedding of the daughter of a wealthy New York real estate family turned into a nightmare when a Brooklyn hotel nor communicated a “severe” noise restriction that forced guests to move to a small, “dingy” room outside the wedding venue to listen to music and dance.
“It was very, very devastating,” Marjorie Newman, the bride’s mother, told the New York Post. “This was supposed to be her night to shine and they took it all away.”
The bride, Jessica Alovis, 29, and the groom, Matt Alovis, 30, were married in a lavish ceremony with 200 guests at the Brooklyn Pier 1 Hotel on September 18 for a fee. of hundreds of thousands of dollars, According to the lawsuit filed on behalf of Marjorie and Russell Newman, who footed the bill for her daughter’s big day, including $150,000 in flowers alone.
But the newlyweds learned after the reception began that a rule restricted audio to a “woefully low” decibel level that attendees could barely hear.
The disaster of muting the music ruined the couple’s first dance and, after a DJ refused to turn up the volume, relegated the guests to a small, dark room on the second floor of a building next door, according to the Newmans, who are suing the hotel and its wedding planner, “The Real Housewives of Miami” star Guerdy Abraira.
Less than an hour after the reception, the wedding moved from a large, well-appointed ballroom to a basic “after party” room where only fit 60 people.
“There was nowhere to sit. There was not a flower in that room. Most of the adults, as well as our very good friends and family, left at that point because no one really had any idea what was going on.” Marjorie Newman said, adding that her blushing daughter couldn’t even “throw the bouquet away,” all after months of tireless planning.
The abrupt relocation disrupted the flow of festivities, confused guests and prevented less mobile seniors from attending, he said.
Jessica Alovis, a Gramercy Park social worker, was devastated when the once-in-a-lifetime celebration turned chaotic.
“After about half an hour into this, I was hysterical and crying,” said Russell Newman, president and founder of real estate giant Newman Properties. “This is not how she envisioned her dream wedding.”
“They pulled the rug out from under us”he said, adding that the hotel did not help them relocate guests.
The noise restriction, due to the residential condominiums housed in the building, was approved at least three weeks before the wedding and the hotel “never told us,” the father of the bride said.
“They never brought us to say, ‘This is what is going to play or it is not going to play’, they never gave us the opportunity to change the place,” He said.
The family demands $5 million for the “destroyed” wedding caused by a “breach of contract” and “deceptive concealment of sound restrictions”, according to the lawsuit, which also claims to “cause emotional distress.”
“There were countless hours spent over at least a year-long planning period for what should have been a once-in-a-lifetime special event that was easily destroyed by the heinous actions of the defendants,” the lawsuit states.
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