This summer, Christopher Charity (son of Vernell and Annette Charity) and Cecelia Hall will be getting married at St. John Baptist Church in Charles City County, Virginia, but where the reception will take place remains in question.
Chris & Cecelia booked the Omni in Richmond as their place of choice to have their reception; yet the hotel double booked the Charity wedding and the Washington Redskins on the same day. The Omni has an 8-year contract with the Washington Redskins, and initially the Redskins were not booked for August 15th but, due to a preseason scheduling changes, the Redskins sought to book most of the hotel and the ballroom on the same day the Omni had already signed a contract with Chris & Cecelia. The Omni, without a second thought, obliged the professional football team. Due to this blunder, the Omni gave the couple very few options and little to no compensation for the flub and more or less attempted to sweep the matter under the rug as though a professional sports team’s wants/needs outweigh the couple’s memorable event.
On one hand you understand that business is business but as Chris Charity stated in his DC ABC 7 live interview that [paraphrasing] the Omni nor the Redskins were neither his concern, he works for his fiancee and it is his aim to do whatever it takes to make her happy and in this case that means delivering her the wedding of her dreams.
The Redskins have offered the couple sideline seats to any home Redskins game as a wedding gift, which is good pub although it was not their fault in the first place. The next couple of weeks will determine whether or not the Omni of Richmond intends to do right by the couple or whether or not they will continue to try and low ball the couple for the major inconvenience.
Our request is that we keep this story relevant by sharing via FB or tweeting regarding the matter as this is the case of the Omni entering a contractual agreement with Chris & Cecelia, not wanting to honor that contract because the Redskins do mean more money for the Omni (we understand this); however, compensation for the couple having to rearrange their big day around should be in order and that’s why it is of the utmost of importance that we keep this story relevant until fair compensation is met.
You can also find these articles by searching the web:
BSO: Hotel Takes $11k From Engaged Couple, Then Kicks Them Out For Redskins
DC ABC 7: Md. couple’s wedding reception booted by hotel to make room for Redskins
Richmond Times-Dispatch: Redskins training camp interferes with couple’s wedding