Earlier this year, I reported on the sudden closure of popular wedding venue Inspirador, located in Chandler. I now bring word of an additional closure that will affect a ton of couples that chose to have their wedding in a popular west valley venue friendly to outside vendors and budget brides.
Pinnacle Vista Villas located at 28022 N 35th Ave Phoenix has been a favorite for couples wanting a more rustic setting for their wedding, couples that want to bring in their own vendors versus using a preferred or required vendor list and couples that want the most bang for their buck. A private residence converted to a church that rents out for weddings and other events, Pinnacle Vista Villas was a perfect spot for smaller budget weddings that were looking for something a little different.
Things started to fall apart for the popular venue a few months ago when a bride booked at the location found out that it had been issued a cease and desist letter from the city of Phoenix. While the venue claims that all booked events will occur, the city is not allowing events to continue and has went so far as to have police officers on hand to close down events as they happen, with no money being returned for disrupted events. This bride has taken all of the actions available to her to get her deposit of $4,000 back, and is now in the process of filing a lawsuit against all parties.
As more information was uncovered, it was discovered that the city has been issuing violations since 2008. Violations range from an invalid occupancy license to handicap access violations to building and code violations. Recently, fines of up to $6,000 per event were being issued.
The venue does have status as an official church and claims that payments made for future events were donations to the church and therefore are non-refundable. Couples claim that contracts were signed, money was exchanged and no mention of church donations was made.
A hearing was held on June 24th between the city and the owners of Pinnacle Vista Villas with a full court date scheduled for August 16th at 9:00 am. The prosecuting attorney met with all couples that attended the hearing and is willing to take additional information from anyone unable to attend. Contact the City of Phoenix for additional information.
I personally have two brides that are affected by the closure of Pinnacle Vista Villas. Both, after much hard work and searching have been able to secure new venues, with most, if not all of their other vendors allowing a contract change to accommodate the new location. Both are still waiting for full refunds. The stress that these two beautiful ladies have undergone is tremendous, but as both have said, the act of being married is so much more important that the actual location of the ceremony.
Follow me as I continue coverage of the saga of the church that wasn’t and the brides left behind.
Are you a Pinnacle Vista Villa couple? Have you received a refund? Are you looking for a new venue and need assistance or recommendations? Let me know!