(SEATTLE) — The judge was booked, the rings were chosen, but the romance was missing.
Seattle authorities have charged a woman with one count of felony stalking after she allegedly made plans to marry a man who had a restraining order against her.
Madaline Desmet, 64, met the unidentified man briefly two years ago at church. She professed her undying love for him in more than 50 love letters and allegedly followed him around, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported.
Despite the man’s rebuffing of her advances and getting a restraining order, the single real estate agent allegedly continued to pursue him.
Church officials banned Desmet from their property after she apparently would not leave the man alone, the Seattle Times reported.
Desmet decided in December that the two should tie the knot. She booked a room at a Seattle courthouse and went to Jared the Galleria of Jewelry, where she chose a ring.
The object of Desmet’s affection alerted authorities when the courthouse called him about the wedding. He also received a phone call from the jewelry store asking him to pay for the ring she had selected.
The lovelorn bride was released last week on $50,000 bail and reportedly told police that the man had pursued her online.
Desmet, who has not yet entered a plea, did not respond to a request for comment.
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