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Divorced Man Sues Wedding Photographers to Recreate Wedding after 6 Years

By Nottage and Ward on November 14, 2011

A wedding is a beautiful event. Years after, people fondly flip through their wedding album, revisiting the memories of that day through photos. But what if the photos didn’t capture precious moments of that special day? According to The New York Times, a man is suing the photography company he hired for his wedding for missing crucial moments during the wedding, in photos and video. The lawsuit, though already uncommon, is all the more unusual for the following reasons:

  1. The wedding took place in 2003;
  2. The couple separated in 2008 and divorced in 2010; and
  3. The divorced groom wants to recreate the entire wedding and have new photographs taken (by another photographer).

In November 2003, the couple hired a photography crew for their late-December wedding at Castle on the Hudson in Tarrytown. It was a small event, with less than 40 guests. When the groom visited the photo studio one month after the wedding to view the photo proofs, he was highly disappointed with the results. The three-man photo crew had apparently missed the events of the last 15 minutes: the last dance and the bouquet toss. He also affirms that the color, lighting, positioning, and poses were “unacceptable.” When he complained, he was allegedly yelled at.

Now, after six years, the disappointed and now divorced man, who has been unemployed since 2008, has decided to sue the 65-year-old photography studio for the $4,100 that he paid for the initial photography and for $48,000 to recreate the entire wedding and have it re-shot by a different photographer. Recreating the wedding would involve flying his ex-wife and her family over from Latvia. Although the judge dismissed most of the grounds for the lawsuit, she is letting the case proceed to determine if there was actually a breach of contract.

Marriage and divorce are complicated issues that affect everyone differently. Where one person may throw away their wedding photos after a divorce, another will still find them to have great importance. If you are contemplating divorce in Illinois, call the experienced divorce lawyers in Chicago at Nottage and Ward today at (312) 332-2915. We look forward to answering all of your questions.

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