But a glitch in scheduling, discovered just 30 days before the wedding, put the couple’s plans in a tailspin.
It also put Emily’s parents, Tom and Mary Jo Taylor, in a panic, according to a lawsuit they recently filed against the facility where the wedding was supposed to take place. The Taylors filed the civil suit against the Spring Lake Yacht Club in Ottawa County Circuit Court on June 26.
Emily Taylor of Owosso met Gabe Bailey on an oceanside beach during spring break 2010. Once they became engaged, the couple said they wanted to “rekindle” their first meeting by having their wedding on a body of water somewhere in Michigan.
The Taylors had discovered the Spring Lake Yacht Club through a family member who lived in the area. They contacted Jennifer Garrett, who was in charge of booking events for the Ferrysburg facility, after looking at the yacht club’s website, the lawsuit said. Garrett is also targeted in the lawsuit.
After a series of e-mails, the couple determined that Sept. 10, 2011, would be the wedding date, according to the lawsuit. A rehearsal dinner was to be held at the sailing club the night before.
The series of e-mails continued. They resulted in the Taylors signing a contract and sending it with a $250 security deposit to the club. That check was cashed on Dec. 10, 2011, according to the lawsuit.
The Taylors also sent a check for $750, half of the rental fee, in March. It was not cashed until July 27.
The Taylors said they also discovered the rental fee was cheaper for club members, so they paid $250 for Tom Taylor’s brother, who was a Tri-Cities resident, to become a member.
The money, with the exception of the membership fee, was refunded to the Taylors, said their attorney, Wade McConnell of Grand Rapids.
Prior to sending out "Save the Date" cards, Maryjo Taylor e-mailed Garrett again to confirm the wedding date. She then requested use of the facility on Friday night for the rehearsal dinner and wedding preparations, and was given an affirmative answer on both, the lawsuit said.
In early August, a conflict was revealed when one of Emily’s friends was having lunch with another person in the New York City area, the lawsuit said. The two people were talking about fall weddings they were planning to attend and discovered they were both at the same place, but involving different couples.
Once they learned of the conflict, Emily’s parents contacted the Spring Lake Yacht Club and were assured by Garrett that there was no double booking, the lawsuit stated.
But a short time later, the Taylors were informed by the Yacht Club that there was a double booking after all, and they would not be able to use the club on that date.
Club officials then broke off all communications with the Taylors at that time, the lawsuit said.
This sent the Taylors into "an emotional hell,” the lawsuit noted. "The couple were in complete shock and panic,” according to the lawsuit.
The Taylors said they suffered anxiety, stress and embarrassment while working to secure a new site for the wedding. They found a new venue at Grand Haven Golf Club in Grand Haven Township — "which, of course, is nowhere near any water,” according to the lawsuit.
McConnell said there was conversation between the Taylors and Spring Lake Yacht Club officials during the months after the wedding, but nothing was settled.
Among the issues the Taylors claim against the Yacht Club and Jennifer Garrett are: promissory estoppel (prevents one party from withdrawing a promise made to a second party if the latter has reasonably relied on that promise), implied contract, negligent infliction of emotional stress, intentional infliction of emotional distress, violation of Michigan Consumer Protection Act, misrepresentation, silent fraud and breach of contract.
The Taylors are asking for a judgment of more than $25,000 to compensate them for economic damages, costs, and any relief “consistent with equity and good conscience."
As of Friday, Spring Lake Yacht Club officials had not been served the lawsuit, McConnell said.
Calls to Yacht Club board members and to the facility were not returned as of press time.