How excited was I, to land a job that not only was made for me - but that I was BORN for. Everyone that knew me told me so. I was perfect. I started working with Ashley Stratton at the then-named The Wedding Market at 969 E.Swedesford Road, Exton, PA 19355 in August 2004.
I was given the title of VP-Business Development.
The concept was brilliant. We were in a beautiful, old, stone house in Exton, and we were to bring brides to the vendors. I had to find the vendors. For a monthly fee, they were then allowed to display their business on a shelf in rooms on the second floor. We had photographers; videographers; bands; locations; caterers; favors; planners. We hosted showers and invited vendors to attend. We were constantly brainstorming & coming up with plans.
Except that we were being controlled by a manic lunatic.
Oh, and there was no money. From the moment the doors opened.
We were constantly harrassing our vendors to pay their months fee. We were constantly putting off companies who called and were owed money. We were constantly arguing with the landlord - Eadah of Exton (who I know, is owed lots of money) and not paying them.
Ashley was full of energy & character & enthusiasm. She was also full of lies & deceits and evil moods & outbursts. The ones who worked for her were completely sucked in.
I was drawn into this complete dysfunction, and played my part well. Just before Christmas of 2004, I loaned Ashley $5,000 - all I had - to help out with all the expenses. We were just at the point of opening a new store in Lititz Lancaster; I had spent months driving up there & finding a location & vendors, and it was to be MINE!!
In the February, she hysterically threw me out because, thru gossip with a co-worker - Joy Crozier-Vining- she discovered my kids had talked about her!!
(p.s. part of the loan I gave her was to go towards Joy's salary, as she was getting married & going on honeymoon and I couldn't bear to think of her not getting paid)
I had to get my salary thru the Labor relations and I got a receipt stating that I had loaned her the money.
Then, between Joy Crozier-Vining & Ashley Stratton, they spread the most evil, malicious gossip about me; filed a harrassment charge against me and my then 12-year old daughter - yes that was a real low point - to have the police call my daughter when she was on her own at home. My deed??? I had left a box of Ashley's personal belongings on the doorstep of Starting Forever, which had just moved to King Street in Malvern.
I have sent letters. Had lawyers contact her.
Since then, I have spent 3 years battling cancer & trying to keep working & keep my head above water. And it is eating me up. I want my money back.
I think the reason why I have also left it so long is because I AM SCARED of Ashley Stratton. She is vicious & volatile. She lies and causes so much disruption and hysteria you cannot believe you are part of it.
I welcome ANYONE to contact me. I know several vendors who are probably still owed money from way back. And I know what it was like. I worked there & saw it and still stayed.