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DENVER -- It was a wedding nightmare for a Denver couple, who thought they had everything in order from the flowers to the food and location.

But, it's was the venue that ended up being the problem.

Amanda Shamburg and Ryan Evans planned their dream wedding at the Temple Events Center on Pearl Street in Denver.
"It's a beautiful, 114 year old Synagogue, stained glass windows and Ryan wanted something historical, so it kind of melded everything we wanted together," Shamburg said.

The couple, got engaged on Valentine's Day, and the two teachers thought they had prepared their perfect wedding for November 23rd, during Thanksgiving break. That's why they signed a contract with the Center and paid all their down payments on time.
That's until Amanda got a call from the owner of Temple Events Center.
"So, I got a call at work that I better sit down, they had some bad news to tell me, that they were selling it (the building) and the company buying it was no longer going to honor any of the contracts they had after Oct. 31st," Shamburg explained.

With the building sold, the couple said they are heartbroken, especially since they're just three months away from saying I do.

"It's a breach of contract right? If you can't trust a church, who can you trust?" Evans said

And what makes it even more difficult for the couple is that they were told they would have to wait 30 days to get their money back.

"I mean, it's a wedding, this isn't just throwing a little party or anything. This is a big life event. When you look at the events in your life, a little girl dreams of it and plans forever," Shamburg said.

"That's the biggest thing for me is we signed a contract.  We did everything you're supposed to do," Evans added.

Now, the couple is just hoping they can pick up the pieces and celebrate their love for each other in another place.

"Knowing, we'll still get married, but it's just not what I thought it would be," Shamburg said.

FOX31 called the owner of the Temple Events Center and he said that he is working to cut a check for the couple, and give them their full refund by tomorrow.

He said that he felt bad, and didn't know the couple needed the money right away.

In the meantime, we have learned that the building is being sold to the Denver Community Church.

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