Mansion Owner Calls Police On Couple For Planning Huge Wedding On His Property

A Florida couple invited family and friends to their “dream home and estate” — a Fort Lauderdale mansion listed at over $5 million — for their weekend wedding celebration.

But Courtney Wilson and Shenita Jones didn’t own the south Florida home, and despite listing the address of the 16,300-square-foot mansion on the invitations, the couple didn’t have permission to use it.

NBC Miami reports the actual owner, Nathan Finkel, never gave the couple permission to hold the festivities there and called police Saturday morning when they showed up.

“I have people trespassing on my property,” Finkel told a 911 dispatcher. “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.”

Finkel told the South Florida Sentinel he didn’t want to talk, and he chose not to press charges.

Finkel has been trying to sell the property — which features a bowling alley, swimming pool with a waterfall, hot tub, tennis courts, a gazebo, and an 800-foot bar — for two years. It is listed for just over $5 million, NBC Miami reports.

Keith Poliakoff, attorney for Southwest Ranches — the upscale suburb where Finkel resides — said Wilson posed as a potential buyer of the estate several months ago and toured it.

“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?”

The attorney said Finkel received a call from a man a few months ago, asking him if he could use his backyard for a wedding. Finkel said no, but clearly Wilson still sent the invitations. Wilson said it was God’s plan that the couple marry there.

Written by Megan Turner

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