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Whitehall wedding venue closes without warning

A warning for those planning an event -- do your research before you pick a venue.

Just days after Amy Green’s boyfriend popped the question, her mother Charlene Green, began planning her dream wedding.

“I was just so excited for her,” Charlene told 10tv news.

Charlene served as the eyes and ears in Columbus while the bride and her fiancé lived in Charlotte. The first order of business for the family -- selecting a venue

Upon recommendation from a family friend, they decided to book with Regin Event Venue in Whitehall. The venue, owned by Kizzy Cassell, was booked to hold both the ceremony and the reception.

“We found this venue fit our needs and offered everything we needed.”

After paying the $900 deposit Charlene and the bride-to-be continued planning for their big day set for April of 2018.

Charlene says it wasn’t long they paid Cassell that communication stopped and portions of the website were removed.

According to court documents, just days Charlene and Amy paid the deposit, Cassell was evicted from the venue’s building at 4177 East Broad Street.

“I just lost trust after what has happened with Kizzy,” Charlene said.

This family said they don’t expect to receive a refund and the search is now on for a new venue.