Couple's wedding woes solved by generous surprise

Couple's wedding woes solved by generous surprise

VANCOUVER, Wash. – Niki Stephan and her fiancé Brian had to cancel their wedding in July after they found out their wedding venue had to close due to fire code violations.

The owners of the Arista Ballroom in Southeast Portland didn’t refund the couple’s $4,000 for their reservation, Stephan said.

“That’s what I’ve asked of them,” Stephan said in July. “Please do the right thing.”

When she heard the couple’s story, wedding planner Kristina Kutz sent a link to the story on KATU.com to other wedding businesses.

“I heard about the story and it kind of broke my heart,” she said. “Sooner or later it became a snowball effect.”

Earlier this month, Kutz’s company, Niella's Special Events, surprised Stephan with a check for $20,000 for her wedding.

Everything was paid for - the venue, food, flowers - down to the last detail. All Stephan has to do is show up in her dress.

Many vendors joined the effort to make the couple’s wedding happen.

The couple will even have their original wedding date: March 17.

Stephan admitted that her faith in people was shaken after Arista’s owners kept her money without delivering a wedding.

“I’m amazed. I’m really, truly amazed,” Stephan said.


Vendors that contributed to the wedding:

Niella’s Special Events $9,500
Food, rentals and full wedding coordination

The Heathman Lodge $1,650
Room rental and honeymoon suite giveaway

April Williams Photography $1,588
Complete wedding photography package

LaCamas Flowers and Events $1,200
Flowers arrangements and bouquets for wedding

Bust-A-Move DJ $1,050
DJ services during ceremony and reception

Photobooth for You $749
Photo booth for guest use at reception

Pacific Perks $600
Italian soda bar for guests at reception

Posh Skin & Hair $500
Facials for bride and bridesmaids, plus waxing for bride

Truly Scrumptious $450
Sweetheart cake and dessert buffet

Silpada Designs $400
Jewelry for bride and bridesmaids

AJ’s Hair Design & Makeup $355
On-site hair and makeup services for bride and bridesmaids

Herbal Life with Julie Bloomquist $115
Wellness coaching, plus healthy shakes and protein powder for bride and groom