Hastily closed wedding venue reopens under new ownership

The abruptly closed wedding venue formerly called Chapelle des Fleurs has reopened under new direction and has already hosted several  “I dos,” blissful kisses, and happy walks down the aisle with bouquets in hand.

This happy ending to a sad story comes after the sudden closure of the Flower Mound wedding venue on Aug. 20.

Many couples had invested thousands of dollars only to learn by e-mail that theirs and all future weddings reserved at the chapel were cancelled – leaving those couples out thousands of dollars and without a place to get married.

Event planner Bridget Black immediately stepped up to begin working with the building owners, Flower Mound-based Cliff Hodge & Associates, Inc., to purchase the building and launch a new wedding and event business at the same location.

To minimize disruption to the distressed couples’ plans, she and the Hodge offered to help them keep their weddings at the venue by providing reduced pricing, and began working with other event vendors to do the same. With Black’s assistance, several weddings have already taken place in the chapel.

“I’ve always loved planning events. When I heard about what happened to these couples, I knew how hard it would be for them to put together a beautiful wedding at the last minute, and I really wanted to help,” Black said. “This is a gorgeous venue with a great location, and opening a wedding and event business here is a wonderful opportunity.”

For Kelli Burkhardt, whose wedding took place last Saturday at the venue, Black and Hodge were able to transform the terror of a last-minute cancellation into a dream wedding for the bride, groom, and their families and guests.

“The wedding turned out so much more beautiful than we envisioned, even in our initial plans,” said Sharla Burkhardt, mother of the bride.

The Hodge’s, who are in the process of selling the building to Black, are pleased that the situation is being resolved positively for all parties.

“We have known Bridget Black for a long time, and we know that she is determined and committed to this business and to the brides and grooms she’ll be working with,” Sheila Hodge said. “We’re so happy that it has all worked out so well for everyone, and we know this venue will continue to be the premier wedding location for brides and grooms in Flower Mound and in the Metroplex.”

The venue, located at 2701 Corporate Circle in Flower Mound, TX, is available for weddings as well as other group events. In addition to the chapel, which seats 150, there is a grand foyer; bridal room; groom’s room; outdoor gazebo; and a reception ballroom that can seat up to 200 guests, with a full-service bar, dance floor, and buffet station. For more information, go to www.weddingsflowermound.com.


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