KELOWNA, B.C. – It was shaping up to be the perfect wedding: the sun was shining, surrounded by friends and family, Natasha and Aaron Young’s dream was coming true.
Everything was going according to plan until a thief struck.
“We had a bunch of guests the next day after our wedding say that they had money stolen from their purses,” says bride Natasha Young.
The wedding was held July 5 at Benvoulin Church in Kelowna.
And it was more than thefts from purses, which were left on a table outside the church as the celebration moved inside for the cake cutting.
All the cash filled cards for the newly married couple were also stolen.
Natasha figures the thief knew exactly were to look.
“Somebody would have actually had to go inside where the buffet was set up and steal from there and also steal from the girl’s purses on the tables too,” she says.
Their dream was unraveling before their eyes. The cash strapped couple was counting on that money for their honeymoon.
“And then finding out the next morning about everybody being stolen from kind of robs you from the happiness,” says Natasha.
And then the finger pointing began.
“We’ve had a lot of people giving us reasons to believe that someone in the wedding was a part of it but we have no proof.”
But the couple wasn’t going to let the thefts ruin everything. They went ahead with their honeymoon along the Oregon Coast.
“We had to sleep in the back of our truck the whole time and we had to shower in the river because we didn’t have any more for a hotel every night,” says Natasha.
Meantime, friends and family have rallied around the Youngs. Even their neighbours are pitching in with some cash to help them out. The couple vows to pay everyone back who lost their cash at the wedding but now can only offer free advice.
“Getting our story out maybe will protect other people so it doesn’t happen to them.”