DENVER - One Denver bride is still waiting for a $5,000 refund from the Excalibur Event Center, four months after a judge awarded her the settlement in small claims court.
For Stephanie Molina and her husband, wedded bliss has been tempered by wedding debt.
"You should see my credit card debt," Molina said.l "My husband is working 12 hour shifts, I can tell you that."
Last year, she and her husband paid a $5,000 wedding deposit to Excalibur Event Center, which took the money and closed.
7NEWS covered the story in March as people planning parties and weddings scrambled to find last-minute venues with little hope of a refund.
But Molina kept fighting, taking Excalibur's operator, David Mendez, to Arapahoe County small claims court.
She thought she had won when the judge awarded her $5,000 plus court costs.
That was four months ago.
"He hasn't paid a single thing," said Molina. "Not a cent."
So, 7NEWS Reporter Jaclyn Allen tracked down Mendez, but he would not come out of his house.
"I'm working on it," said Mendez, who said he did not know how many people he still owed money.
We checked, and Mendez owes money in one other small claims case, and Molina said other people she knows have not been able to find him to serve papers.
For her garnishing his salary is complicated because she doesn't know where he's employed or how he's paid, and it means more court costs for her.
"You feel like you win at the court, but then when you realize all that you have to go through afterwards, and you don't have the support you need from the court to collect this money -- It's really hard," said Molina.
Molina and her husband had their big day, which was happy, but with half of the guests originally planned.
She felt she didn't get what she deserved then, and she is losing hope she'll get what she deserves now.
"I want to warn other people -- don't pay that much money that far ahead," said Molina.
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