Couple out $10K after wedding venue closes

By Brandon Walker - Reporter

HOUSTON - A newly wedded couple has accused the owner of a reception hall in southwest Houston of taking their money without telling them her business had shuttered.

"Till now, she's still not talking. She hasn't said anything," said Massa Sherman. Sherman said she and her husband, William Kuoh, paid the owner of De Prada Reception Hall $10,000 in installments.

The reception hall was located at the intersection of Westpark Drive and South Gessner Road.

Sherman and Kuoh showed KPRC2 a receipt from one payment and a copy of the cashier's check of their final payment.

The couple said they received a text message from the hall's owner Oct. 12, turning what was supposed to be their dream wedding into a nightmare.

"From that day I tried to call her, text her, no response," Kuoh said.

No business, either, it seemed, when the couple drove to De Prada Reception Hall that day.

Since then, a lockout notice has been posted on the front door by the building's landlord. Another tenant told KPRC2 he had not seen anyone at the reception hall for weeks.

"We just want our money, really, 'cause we need it. We don't have it," Sherman said.

The couple was able to have a wedding on their intended day. They scrambled to find a new venue. Friends and family helped them foot the bill for the new reception hall – nowhere near what they had planned, leaving them with bittersweet feelings for their wedding day.

"Thank God it was over with," remarked Sherman, describing the day with mixed emotions.

"We were distraught," remarked Kuoh.

The couple filed a complaint with Houston Police, but the matter likely will have to be sorted out in civil court.

KPRC2 searched public records, called several phone numbers, and visited an address in Richmond in an attempt to locate the owner.

Our attempts were unsuccessful, as have been Kuoh and Sherman's quest for a refund.

"Somebody very wicked," explained Kuoh, describing the person he said ran off with $10,000.

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