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Popular Md. wedding venue closes leaving brides and grooms in the lurch

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Joi Grymes and her fiancé, Doug Johnson, were planning to get married on October 4th at the Treetops Atrium in Landover, Md., until Monday. That is when they got a letter from a lawyer saying the venue would not be available then.

In fact, Treetops was shutting down and would not be returning deposit money. Grymes panicked, but was able to find a new venue at The Villa in Beltsville, run by Catering of Uptown.

Vice President Rob Goyena worked out a deal with them that Grymes says helped them avoid a disaster. Goyena has been receiving calls from other desperate couples.

In Largo, Arleen Joell, Executive Director of Community Advocates for Family And Youth, found herself in the same situation. Her non-profit hosts an annual gala for crime victims.

This year's honoree is Mildred Muhammad, who was married to convicted Washington sniper John Allen Muhammad, who got the death penalty.

The letter from the lawyer says customers can transfer their events to an alternate venue, West Bowie Hall. Neither Grymes nor Joell found that location suitable.

Attorney Robert Harris did not return our phone calls seeking comment.

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