A YOUNG couple claimed their “hearts are broken” after a dream wedding vow renewal ceremony on New Year’s Eve turned into a nightmare following an eleventh hour hotel booking dispute.
Matthew Smith and his wife, Deborah, began a sit-in protest yesterday at the Ambassador Hotel in Cork after realising their lavish black-tie ceremony at 4pm tonight was going to be cancelled when they refused to pay what they say was an additional booking fee.
However, they had to end their protest in the hotel shortly before 1am this morning after gardai were called and they were informed their continued presence could be deemed trespassing.
Matthew continued the protest on the street outside the hotel while he sent his distraught wife home to be comforted by family and friends.
A heartbroken Matthew told the Herald their romantic New Year’s Eve plan to mark their 10th wedding anniversary has turned into a disaster and they have been unable to secure any alternative venue at the eleventh hour.
Matthew and Deborah claim the hotel informed them the July booking was now at an uncompetitive rate.
“Our hearts are broken by this. We had wanted to renew our wedding vows after 10 years and we got a great deal last July with the hotel’s former manager,” he said. “It was supposed to be a New Year’s Eve we would never forget, but it is now turning into a nightmare.”
The Ambassador Hotel said they would be making no comment on the matter.
Matthew and Deborah live at White’s Cross in Cork and had invited 90 guests to their special wedding vow renewal ceremony.
Friends and family had travelled to Cork from as far away as Donegal and London.
The couple claim the hotel had been looking for over €1,000 extra.
“They claimed that we were the ones cancelling the ceremony by not agreeing to a new contract but they are the ones cancelling because they wanted more money and that is not what we agreed to last summer.”