A bride had her dream wedding at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel ruined after a relative at her nuptials accidentally discharged a pistol in his pocket, injuring four other people and causing the hotel to cancel the couple’s scheduled wedding reception. The 24-year-old bride Anna Goldschmidt said her fairy-tale wedding was ruined when a guest’s gun went off just before the reception was set to take place. Shortly after the bride and groom exchanged vows and were changing for their dream wedding reception, the $1 million event was put on hold after a guest was injured during the accidental shooting. However, the Waldorf Astoria Hotel said they were forced to cancel the wedding reception in its entirety as the police could not located the gun used in the shooting and investigations were underway in the hotel. The hotel is now being sued by the bride and groom for “emotional distress” that the bride says will effect her for the rest of her life along with the lives of her children. She is currently six months pregnant.
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The Daily Mail reports that a bride was devastated when her dream wedding was ruined after an accident involving a weapon at her reception at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Manhattan. The bride says everything was going as planned until a guest accidentally discharged a weapon, injuring four people including two wedding guests and two hotel staff members. Though there were people injured, family members were more concerned with ensuring the bride, Anna, had no idea about the unfortunate happenings and instead tried to hide the horror from the new bride. The family lied to Anna telling her a chandelier had fallen from the ceiling and it was being cleaned up before the reception could proceed. However, the bride said she knew something was wrong when she saw police tape and all 350 guests were being ushered into a small room.
She says when she was finally told about the accidental shooting she broke down. She says she doesn’t remember screaming, but everyone says she let out a blood-curling scream, not because her mother was grazed in the foot by the bullet, but instead because her dream wedding reception had been ruined.
“I don’t even remember myself screaming, but everyone says it was blood-curdling.”
She says that the trauma of the whole ordeal will affect her for the rest of her life and that the elaborate $1 million reception went completely unenjoyed as by the time the family thought to reclaim the lavish food spread it had been thrown out by the hotel staff.
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Anna Goldschmidt is now suing the Waldorf Astoria Hotel for “emotional distress” as she says she will forever be traumatized as will her future children.
“I’m still traumatized. This will affect me for the rest of my life, and my children.”
When speaking about her devastation and trauma, newlywed Anna said the cancelling of her lavish, dream reception was worse than if someone in her family would have died.
“It felt worse than if someone would have died in [my] family. It was a tragedy.”
Do you think the Waldorf Astoria Hotel owes the bride and groom money for “emotional trauma” caused by the cancellation of their wedding reception, or should was the “devastation” beyond their control as the accidental shooting was the result of negligence on the part of a wedding guest?
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