Community steps up to help after couple’s wedding reception venue closes

BROOMFIELD, Colo. -- Several people stepped up to help a bride and groom who are scrambling to plan a wedding reception in only three days.

Marylou Bustillos and Richard Rico have been planning their June 17 wedding for the past 1 1/2 years.

They signed a contract for their reception at Luna’s Event Center, but on Monday, they found out the venue was closed for fire code violations.

“I wish it was a nightmare, but it’s not,” Bustillos said Tuesday.

Within 24 hours, their story had been shared on Facebook, and several calls and emails offered to help.

“It took like three seconds and I replied, ‘Yes I can help’,” Madhoo Seth said.

Seth is the owner of Copper Leaf Events Center and The Gourmet Kitchen Catering. Her venue happens to have availability on the couple’s wedding day.

“The moment I saw it I’m like I want to help. My heart went out. I’ve got to help this bride,” she said.

Seth invited the couple in for a tour and a surprise.

“We were going to give you the venue and that would include the water goblets, the flatware, the china, the linens, all for free,” her sales manager told the couple.

For the first time since Monday, the bride’s tears were happy ones.

“It’s just a weight off my shoulders that somebody is willing to help,” Bustillos said. “It makes me feel better knowing that there are good people out there.”

She said she finally feels hopeful again that her dream wedding will be a reality.

“I have no words. I don’t know a good word to say. It’s like thank you. What’s a bigger word than thank you?” she said.

As of Wednesday night, the couple hadn’t made a final decision about their reception venue.

Seth has advice for other brides to avoid what happened to Marylou and Richard. She said most importantly, have a signed contract with a venue and make sure to read the fine print.

She also suggests hiring a wedding coordinator who can handle any last-minute changes with ease.