Zoning issue leaves couple scrambling for wedding venue

by: Steve Gehlbach Updated:

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HALL COUNTY, Ga. - A Hall County bride-to-be had to scramble with less than 24 hours to find a new place to hold her wedding.

The venue she had been planning on using shut down due to zoning and code violations.

"I'm just panicked," said bride Danielle Black. "I just started crying. I can't believe this is happening to me. Why would they do it today?"

She planned to have her wedding Saturday night at Double L Farm in Clermont, but she just found out Friday morning the venue cannot hold any more events.

The property is in the process of rezoning from agricultural to commercial. Hall County Administrator Randy Knighton says the Double L Farm was cited in March for numerous code violations and needs to comply with new codes, inspections, and safety standards before holding weddings.

Knighton said the owners should have notified the bride and wedding planner.

"At that time the citation was issued, it was very clear any further events or activities on that site without proper permit or approval would be a violation of county code," he said.

One of the owners told Channel 2 Action News that they are complying with the county but would not answer any other questions about why they didn't cancel the wedding until the last minute.

Black and groom-to-be Judd Robinson found another place to hold their wedding late Friday afternoon. It will be at a community center about 30 minutes away. But it won't be the same.

"At this point you couldn't have moved my wedding to the White House, and I would still be upset," she said.