Story By: William McGee, Sub-Editor: Lee Bullen, Agency: Newsflash
A bride whose dream wedding was ruined when her horse and carriage failed to show up and she was left standing in the rain is set to receive a GBP 1,402 payout from the company that ruined her big day.
The compensation order, which increased the amount that was first proposed by the court, was made on 15th September.
Shop assistant Bruna Reis dos Passos, 21, dreamed of arriving at her wedding as a princess in the south-eastern Brazilian city of Betim on 22nd October 2016.
However, the then 17-year-old’s hopes were dashed when the carriage that had been booked to take her to her wedding failed to show up.
Reis, who hails from the nearby city of Belo Horizonte and lives in nearby Esmeraldas, told local media: “Every time I remember my wedding, I cry. This, for me, until today, is a hole that has not left my heart. I wanted to arrive a princess, but this didn’t happen.”
Reis’ husband, 30-year-old filmmaker Wanderley Gregorio Barroso dos Passos, paid for the wedding, as she was not working at the time.
Passos’ dream was to get married at sunset and Reis’ was to arrive by carriage.
In the end, Reis’ dream did not come to fruition, as the carriage they had booked did not show up, and then they were late for the sunset as well so everything else had to be rushed.
She told local media: “It was time for the wedding to start, no one came to pick me up, and I was left waiting in the rain.
“I was distraught.”
Reis had to be driven by her father to the wedding, which started an hour late.
“The vicar left halfway through the ceremony because he had another wedding. A guest took over and finished the wedding.”
The wedding reception was then shortened by an hour, and 40 percent of the food and drink went untouched.
Reis and her husband decided to take the company, named in publicly available court documents as Galpao Adega, which also provided all of the services, to court. The company was ordered to pay the couple BRL 3,000 (GBP 421) in compensation.
However, the couple’s lawyer appealed the decision, as the amount agreed was considered insufficient.
Reis told local media she was happy with the court’s new decision to award her BRL 10,000 (GBP 1,402).
“Our dream would be at least to throw a party. I wouldn’t want to get married again, to put on a wedding dress again. But to throw a party, yes.”
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