Bride whose husband died fighting wedding venue for £4,000 refund

Bride whose husband died fighting wedding venue for £4,000 refund

Grieving bride whose husband died from heart failure months before their lavish ceremony is left fighting wedding venue for £4,000 refund

  • Fiona Boswell, 50, from Norwich, is fighting for a £4,000 from wedding venue
  • She lost her groom Guy Boswell, 50, to heart failure months before the big day
  • Guy died after a battle with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, a type of lymphatic cancer
  • But Fiona claimed Elm Farm Country House in Norfolk have refused to refund her
  • The couple had planned to celebrate their marriage in July in front of 100 guests 

A grieving bride has claimed that she has been denied a £4,000 refund from her wedding venue, despite her fiancé dying just months before the ceremony.

Fiona Boswell, 50, from Norwich, Norfolk, tragically lost her groom Guy Boswell, 50, in March to Cardiac Amyloidosis, which causes heart failure, after a battle with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, a type of lymphatic cancer.

The couple, who married with a special license in October before Guy’s condition deteriorated, were due to celebrate their union in a lavish ceremony at Elm Farm Country House in Horsham St Faith, Norfolk, in July in front of 100 guests. 

But Fiona, an insurance underwriter, was forced to cancel the £4,100 event when Guy tragically died seven months after he was diagnosed with cancer. 

Fiona Boswell from Norwich, Norfolk, claimed she has been denied a £4,000 refund from her wedding venue, despite her fiancé Guy Boswell (both pictured) dying months before the event

Fiona, 50, tragically lost her groom Guy, 50, (both pictured) in March to Cardiac Amyloidosis, which causes heart failure, after a battle with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma

A devastated Fiona claimed that Elm Farm Country House has refused to refund her and instead only offered to sell the day for her, despite her husband’s death.

She said that she told the venue it would make her ‘upset’ to sell the day that she was supposed to spend with Guy, who worked as a tiler, but will ‘never get to do’.

She explained: ‘We chose the venue as we had friends marry there and the day was lovely. ‘It was also our first outing as a couple. 

‘When I let the venue know what had happened and asked for a refund, the response was just a straight no. 

‘Back and forth correspondence saw the venue had no compassion and were rude. 

‘The impact from this on myself and my family has been huge. It has made me angry. 

The couple, who married with a special license in October, were due to celebrate their union in a lavish ceremony at Elm Farm Country House (pictured) in Horsham St Faith, Norfolk, in July


Fiona claimed Elm Farm Country House (above: emails allegedly from the venue) has refused to refund her for the £4,100 event and instead only offered to sell the day for her

Fiona (pictured with Guy) has claimed that Elm Farm Country House won’t refund the ceremony because she cancelled too close to the planned date in July

‘It has also encouraged others to reach out to me who have had the same response from the same venue. 

‘The company only offered to sell the day for me, or I could sell it myself, when I advised them that I would be looking to ask a solicitor to get in touch with them. 

‘I told them how upset this had made me, selling my day that was supposed to be a happy day shared with my family and friends, a day I will never get to do with Guy.’

Fiona has claimed that the venue won’t refund the ceremony because she cancelled too close to the planned date in July.

She added that she wants companies ‘to look at the terms and conditions and add clauses to cover these unforeseen events or advise on wedding insurance’.

She continued: ‘A wedding day is a day that most girls think of from a very early age, this venue, I would say, does not meet the definition of a fairy tale venue.’ 

The couple (both pictured) met four years ago in the bank where Fiona worked at the time and they quickly fell in love, with Fiona describing them as ‘soul mates’

Friends have set up a GoFundMe page, which has so far raised £880 out of a £4,500 target, in a bid to help Fiona (pictured with Guy) replace the money spent on the venue

‘We were both sad that we had not met earlier as young adults. I was so happy when Guy proposed.

‘He got down on one knee after putting my ring in a champagne glass while we were with our friends in a pub.

‘The impact of his loss has been huge on his family and I. We were told he would not see old age but did not expect it this quick. 

‘This was second marriage for us both and we loved each other. We did everything together. I feel like I have lost a limb, and that I will never have that love again.’ 

Friends of the couple have set up a GoFundMe page, which has so far raised £880 out of a £4,500 target, in a bid to help Fiona replace the money spent on the venue.

MailOnline has contacted Elm Farm Country House for comment.

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