ATLANTA (CBS46) – What was meant to be a special day turned traumatic after savage weather caused a tent to collapse at a Buckhead wedding, sending several to the hospital.
One of those people was Tiffany Ray, a musician who animated what should have been a happy day.
“It was crazy, I remember looking at my Cielo player and watching all the curtains blow and all the wind and then I was like crushed, on the ground,” said Ray. “I am hit with poles, debris.”
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The wedding took place at the St. Regis Hotel in Buckhead on January 11, 2020. Fortunately, no one was seriously injured.
“I’m on the ground being crushed, I felt like I was in a trash compactor. I didn’t think I was going to get there actually. I was so scared. I remember thinking about my kids and uh, I’m going to get emotional, but you know it was really scary, it was like a car accident, ”Ray said.
Ray said she suffered seven broken ribs and also lost her best violin which was worth tens of thousands of dollars.
Another injured person was a heavily pregnant guest who, according to lawyers, suffered from premature labor contractions for more than a month after a tent beam fell on them.
“It was incredibly stressful,” said Michael Horst, lawyer at Horst & Shewmaker. “Not only was she in physical pain, she was mentally and emotionally exhausted.”
Two separate negligence lawsuits have now been filed against the St. Regis, the wedding planner – Tara Guerard Soiree and Peachtree Tents and Events, for not being better prepared for inclement weather.
“To say that it is an act of God to say that there is no way we could have prevented it, planned it, that leaves us no recourse,” said Michael Hoffer, lawyer at Hoffer & Webb representing Tiffany Ray. “Because the point is, they did. Know it in advance, they had discussions.
CBS46 and the National Weather Service had issued severe weather warnings for that day.
CBS46 has sent requests for comment to each of the defendants in the lawsuits but has yet to receive a response.
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