Man returns to his $6,000,000 home to find someone had borrowed it to get married


Man returns to his $6,000,000 home to find someone had borrowed it to get married
Shenita Jones and Courtney Wilson (inset) told guests the home was theirs (Picture: Beaches MLS/Zola)

Friends and family of Shenita Jones and Courtney Wilson were thrilled when they were invited to their ‘dream home’ to watch them get married.

Guests were invited to spend the weekend at the $5.7million (£4million) estate with 7.2 acres, in Southwest Ranches, Florida.

They couple even called it the ‘The Wilson’s Estate’ on invitations, but there was just one tiny snag.

The home wasn’t theirs, they hadn’t even hired it, and the real owner knew nothing about their plan until he showed up on the Saturday morning, when they were meant to tie the knot.

A stunned Nathan Finkel called 911 and said there were people trespassing at his property.

He said they were ‘harassing’ him and telling him it was ‘God’s message’ that they should get married at his home.

Mr Finkel added: ‘I don’t know what’s going on. All I want is (for) it to stop. And they’re sitting at my property right at the front gate right now.’

911 call from mansion owner who found trespassers holding wedding at his home

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DISCOVERED LOVE IN A PANDEMIC #THEROYALCOUPLE We attended the same high school and graduated in the same class. We were both student athletes. I was very focused and completely unaware of Courtney's endless pursuit of me. Being the typical football player, he by nature was a bad boy. Because he didn't want to negatively influence me in my dreams of obtaining a basketball scholarship he retreated. Never the less, as fate would have it, We were divinely reconnected after 30 yrs. I had just ended a 5 yrs relationship and he, a 20 year marriage. We both still healing from past relationships found solace in each other's friendship. However, I was not ready to start a new relationship and was very adamant about it, but he was ready to advance to the next level. When Courtney received a message and conformation from the Lord about choosing me as his help mate, I had also been in prayer about the purpose of our encounter and the Lord?s plan for our lives. Shortly after reuniting he introduced me to his children and eventually his mother. I introduced him to my family as well, By way of divine providential guidance the pandemic did not allow for us to enjoy courting in social environments. Consequently, we took advantage of every opportunity we had, every Friday was date night. we enjoyed intimate time alone whether it was a night at the drive-in or riding out on the town listening to music under the moonlight overlooking the city skyline. It was on Christmas Eve that he took me and the children out riding to see Christmas lights when we stopped for pizza at Al Capones on Hollywood Beach. Courtney surprised everyone when he asked to go outside for some quick photos over looking the beach. He asked me to take a photo with him while he was secretly planning to propose in the snapshot. There he kneeled to his knee and proposed while His daughter took the picture, it was then the Lord had revealed to me the purpose of our encounter and answer to my prayer.
The couple claimed Nathan Finkel’s home was ‘The Wilson’s Estate’ (Picture: Zola)

Mr Wilson allegedly posed as a prospective buyer and visited the home multiple times several months before the ceremony.

The nine-bed home was first listed for $7.25million (£5.2million) in 2019 but has since come down in price.

It comes complete with a grand ballroom, two-storey bar, movie theatre, two-lane bowling alley, pool, tennis court and dance studio.

Southwest Ranches attorney Keith Poliakoff said Mr Wilson took many photos while touring the estate.

He added: ‘A few months later, this guy asked Nathan if he could use Nathan’s backyard for his wedding. Nathan said no.’


Sunshine Ranches storybook estate is set across 7.2 manicured acres. The spectacular 16,000SF+, 9BR/11fullBA/4halfBA compound represents classic style in every way with sprawling, long winding entrance, gardens, scenic ponds and more. The warm welcome doesn't disappoint with natural light abound, stained glass windows, grand ballroom, two-story gentleman's bar, movie theater, 2-lane bowling alley, dance studio ... the list goes on an on. Outside, take a casual stroll, enjoying everything in the
The $5.7million estate features a grand ballroom, two-story bar, movie theatre, two-lane bowling alley, pool, tennis court and dance studio (Picture: Beaches MLS)

DISCOVERED LOVE IN A PANDEMIC #THEROYALCOUPLE We attended the same high school and graduated in the same class. We were both student athletes. I was very focused and completely unaware of Courtney's endless pursuit of me. Being the typical football player, he by nature was a bad boy. Because he didn't want to negatively influence me in my dreams of obtaining a basketball scholarship he retreated. Never the less, as fate would have it, We were divinely reconnected after 30 yrs. I had just ended a 5 yrs relationship and he, a 20 year marriage. We both still healing from past relationships found solace in each other's friendship. However, I was not ready to start a new relationship and was very adamant about it, but he was ready to advance to the next level. When Courtney received a message and conformation from the Lord about choosing me as his help mate, I had also been in prayer about the purpose of our encounter and the Lord?s plan for our lives. Shortly after reuniting he introduced me to his children and eventually his mother. I introduced him to my family as well, By way of divine providential guidance the pandemic did not allow for us to enjoy courting in social environments. Consequently, we took advantage of every opportunity we had, every Friday was date night. we enjoyed intimate time alone whether it was a night at the drive-in or riding out on the town listening to music under the moonlight overlooking the city skyline. It was on Christmas Eve that he took me and the children out riding to see Christmas lights when we stopped for pizza at Al Capones on Hollywood Beach. Courtney surprised everyone when he asked to go outside for some quick photos over looking the beach. He asked me to take a photo with him while he was secretly planning to propose in the snapshot. There he kneeled to his knee and proposed while His daughter took the picture, it was then the Lord had revealed to me the purpose of our encounter and answer to my prayer.
The couple renamed the home as the ‘Wilson’s Estate’ on their wedding invitation (Picture: Zola)

But that didn’t stop the couple from sending out elaborate invitations to the estate, detailing the story of how they reconnected 30 years after high school and how Mr Wilson proposed over pizza on Christmas Eve.

The Saturday afternoon ceremony would be followed by a red carpet cocktail hour and a reception lasting past midnight. Sunday brunch would be from noon to 4.

An invitation on an elaborate wedding website read: ‘It is our honor to welcome you into our dream home and Estate, to share this special occasion with us,’ the website reads.

‘We are excited to celebrate our wedding night with you and look forward to a wonderful evening of celebration, exquisite feast and dancing. At our Royal Extravaganza!’


DISCOVERED LOVE IN A PANDEMIC #THEROYALCOUPLE We attended the same high school and graduated in the same class. We were both student athletes. I was very focused and completely unaware of Courtney's endless pursuit of me. Being the typical football player, he by nature was a bad boy. Because he didn't want to negatively influence me in my dreams of obtaining a basketball scholarship he retreated. Never the less, as fate would have it, We were divinely reconnected after 30 yrs. I had just ended a 5 yrs relationship and he, a 20 year marriage. We both still healing from past relationships found solace in each other's friendship. However, I was not ready to start a new relationship and was very adamant about it, but he was ready to advance to the next level. When Courtney received a message and conformation from the Lord about choosing me as his help mate, I had also been in prayer about the purpose of our encounter and the Lord?s plan for our lives. Shortly after reuniting he introduced me to his children and eventually his mother. I introduced him to my family as well, By way of divine providential guidance the pandemic did not allow for us to enjoy courting in social environments. Consequently, we took advantage of every opportunity we had, every Friday was date night. we enjoyed intimate time alone whether it was a night at the drive-in or riding out on the town listening to music under the moonlight overlooking the city skyline. It was on Christmas Eve that he took me and the children out riding to see Christmas lights when we stopped for pizza at Al Capones on Hollywood Beach. Courtney surprised everyone when he asked to go outside for some quick photos over looking the beach. He asked me to take a photo with him while he was secretly planning to propose in the snapshot. There he kneeled to his knee and proposed while His daughter took the picture, it was then the Lord had revealed to me the purpose of our encounter and answer to my prayer.
The pair detailed the story of how they reconnected 30 years after high school and how Mr Wilson proposed over pizza on Christmas Eve (Picture: Zola)

Mr Poliakoff added: ‘The guy figured it was a vacant house and didn’t realise Nathan lived on the property in a different home.

‘This guy had no idea he lived there. You know the shock that must have been on his face when he showed up at the gate and the owner was home?’

Two police officers arrived at the scene and told Mr Wilson to leave ‘and not to come back,’ Mr Finkel told the Sun Sentinel.

No charges were brought against the couple, and when approached by reporters, Mr Wilson said: ‘I don’t want to talk about it’.

Broward County records show a marriage license has been issued to the couple last week, but they had not registered as married by Wednesday.

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