A man bearing the unfortunate name Thomas Cook had his wedding plans ruined by the collapse of the world's oldest travel company, which happens to share the same name.
Cook, 29, and his fiancée, 27-year-old Amelia Binch, both from Hucknall, England, have been left stranded on the Greek island of Rhodes ahead of their wedding, which they booked through Thomas Cook, a 178-year-old British firm that shut down Monday amid crippling debt struggles, leaving hundreds of thousands of travelers stranded around the world.
The couple said they purchased a wedding package through the now-defunct group, which included the ceremony, flowers, cake, decorations and entertainment, spending nearly £10,000 ($12,500) on the trip in total.
Although Cook and Binch were set to wed at the Lindos Princess Beach Hotel on Sept. 27, they are no longer sure if the wedding will be able to go on as planned. As the U.K. government and the Civil Aviation Authority begin a massive repatriation effort to bring home more than 150,000 British citizens stranded by Thomas Cook's sudden closure, they say they could be summoned to the airport at any moment.
To add to their troubles, most of their guests, including the best man, who were set to fly to Greece with Thomas Cook Airlines over the next few days, now have no way of traveling to the destination wedding, even if the ceremony can proceed.
"I am just devastated," Cook told Nottinghamshire Live. "We have got 30-plus friends and family coming out, half are stuck at home in limbo. My best man is still in England. No one here knows anything."
"I have been planning this for two years, and it has all gone to pot," he added. "We have paid for everything. It is shattering. We don't know what we can do. Thomas Cook promised us a surprise on our wedding because of my name, but this was not the surprise we were expecting."