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Groom Denied Refund From Wedding Videographer After Fiancée Tragically Dies In Car Crash

Groom Denied Refund From Wedding Videographer After Fiancée Tragically Dies In Car Crash

A grieving groom in Colorado has been denied a refund from the video company he'd booked for his wedding, despite the fact his fiancée tragically died before the big day.

Justin Montney was due to marry 22-year-old Alexis-Athena Wyatt on Saturday 23 May, but sadly Wyatt died in a car accident just three months prior on 4 February.

Now Montney has been trying to get their affairs in order, a process that's involved reaching out for a refund from Dallas-based Copper Stallion Media, which had been booked as a wedding videographer for the occasion.

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However, not only has Montney been refused the $1,800 (£1,460) they had paid the company, he's also been embroiled in a bitter online spat.

After Copper Stallion Media told Montney he wouldn't be getting any of the money back, he left a negative review on TheKnot.com and took his story to the press.

Wyatt and Montney. Credit: ABC
Wyatt and Montney. Credit: ABC

"They should have been able to do (that) because they didn't render any services," Montney told ABC's KRDO.

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He added: "They said they'd extend my service to my next wedding, which was a very insensitive thing to tell me."

As the story went public, Copper Stallion Media allegedly posted on Facebook on the day that Montney and Wyatt were due to be married, writing: "Today would have been the day where we would have filmed Justin and Alexis' wedding in Colorado Springs.

"After what Justin pulled with the media stunt to try and shake us down for a refund, we hope you sob and cry all day for what would have been your wedding day."

Credit: Facebook
Credit: Facebook
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The company also reportedly redirected its entire website and Yelp page to a new website, JustinMontney.com, which has since been deactivated.

According to The Denver Channel, a post on the website slammed Montney, and accused him of showing 'malice' and 'intent to harm' towards Copper Stallion.

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Credit: JustinMontney.com
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The site reportedly read: "He admits the contract was nonrefundable but says we should give the money back due to the circumstance. Life is a b*tch, Justin."

Copper Stallion Media has also threatened to sue.

Montney added: "At first I was just going to tell friends and family, but when he started to threaten Alexis' family with a lawsuit for basically their daughter dying, that's when I was like, 'OK, I'm going to start going to the people who [...] spread the news.'

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"The rest of the internet said, 'Oh, that's terrible.'"

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Credit: ABC

KRDO reporter Julia Donovan said she has been trying to reach out to Copper Stallion Media, but has had no luck.

She also spoke to an attorney, who said Montney could have a case to get his money back in court, but the lawyer fees would 'likely make it too much to be worthwhile'.

Thankfully, other companies have been more understanding with Montney and his situation, and haven't hesitated to return his money after hearing about Wyatt's death.

"They obviously felt terrible for what had happened," he said.

LADbible has reached out to Copper Stallion Media for comment.

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Topics: News, US News, Wedding

Jess Hardiman

Jess is a journalist at LADbible who graduated from Manchester University with a degree in Film Studies, English Language and Linguistics - indecisiveness at its finest, right there. She also works for FOODbible and its sister page Seitanists, which are both a safe haven for her to channel a love for homemade pasta, fennel and everything else in between. You can contact Jess at [email protected]