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NY Man Sues Photographer To Restage Wedding Because of Missed Pictures

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When it comes to a wedding, some may argue that the photos are the most important part.  Long after the ceremony is over and the cake has been eaten, the photos will remain and a reminder of the most important day in your life.  But what if the photos aren’t to your liking or they missed an important part of the event?  In the case of Todd Remis, his was unsatisfied with the quality of work from his photographers and has decided to sue. 

 Here is where it gets weird.  First, the wedding took place in 2003 and Remis waited until 2009 to sue, just before the statute of limitations was set to expire.  Second, Remis is suing for $4,100, the cost of the photographers, plus an additional $48,000 to fly in key members of the wedding to recreate the ceremony so it can be re shot by another photographer.  Third, Remis and his wife, Melina Grzibovska, have since divorced and he’s not even certain where she now lives.  It is believed Melina has moved back to her native country of Latvia, but no one knows for certain.

 According to the suit, Mr. Remis was dissatisfied with the quality of the shots that were taken.  Also, the photographers missed the last part of the reception which included the bouquet toss and the last dance.  There was also supposed to be video taken of the ceremony and reception, but the photographers only captured 2 out of the whole 6hours.  State Supreme Court Justice Doris Ling-Cohan has already dismissed several parts of the lawsuit, such as “infliction of emotional distress”, but is allowing the case to continue to see if a breach of contract exists on the part of the photographers.  Showing that she finds the basis of the case to be amusing, Justice Cohan quoted Barbara Steisand lyrics in an opinion she wrote,

“This is a case in which it appears that the ‘misty watercolor memories’ and the ‘scattered pictures of the smiles … left behind’ at the wedding were more important than the real thing,” the judge wrote. “Although the marriage did not last, plaintiff’s fury over the quality of the photographs and video continued on.”

Though the case is now dealing with breach of contract on the part of the photographers, Mr. Remis’ story is also under scrutiny.  Remis’ contends that he was treated rudely by the photographers when he expressed his dissatisfaction with their work.  Remis also states that he is not in possession of any of the photographs from the event, but H & H Photographers say that Remis left their office with 400 proof photos, one of which was used in the wedding announcement in Remis’ college alumni newsletter.  Also, Remis says that he’s been out of work since 2008, a year before he finally filed the lawsuit, leading some to believe this is just about money. 

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/03/nyregion/suit-against-photographer-seeks-re-creation-of-wedding-after-divorce.html?_r=1

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