Friends, family, fine wine, a $30,000 investment and a year and a half of planning: it should have been the perfect wedding.
But Sydney couple Steve and Leigh Buttel claim unwanted guests — including maggots in their wedding bed and bedroom invasions by bats — turned their wedding into a bride's worst nightmare.
The couple and family members arrived at Peppers Creek in Australia on Nov. 28, a day before the wedding.
They stayed in accommodation known as The Yacht Club and The Racquet Club, which is made up of four separate cottages adjacent to Peppers Creek Village.
By the time the group left three days later, the newlyweds had allegedly found maggots described by the groom as "the size of chocolate bullets" in their wedding bed and a dead bat, covered in maggots, above their bedhead.
One guest awoke in the early hours of the morning with a reaction to what he believed were insect bites and spent the night on a couch.
Other guests fled their room in the middle of the night when a bat emerged from the fireplace and "flapped around the room."
The newlyweds abandoned their suite on the wedding night and sought refuge on a blow-up mattress on the floor of a cottage occupied by Leigh Buttell's father and grandparents.
The family were to be charged a total of $3,850 to stay in the four cottages they had booked.
The cottages are owned by Haymes and Son Pty Ltd, which does not own the Peppers Creek Chapel or the function center that hosted the wedding ceremony and reception.
John Mason, the bride's father, is now asking for a refund of his $2,000 deposit for the accommodation.
The cottages' owner, Sam Haymes, declined to comment on the matter, other than to say the claims are slanderous.
"It's in the hands of lawyers now. Most of it is alleged and unfounded," he said.