With all the excitement, wedding days often pass too quickly for couples — but for one pair of newlyweds, the official wedding snaps literally made it look like their day had been a blur.
Of the £14,000 (€17,000) Thomas and Anneka Geary spent on their wedding and reception for 120 guests, £750 was paid to professional photographers Ian McCloskey and Nikki Carter of Westgate Photography.
Like most newlyweds, once the day was over, the English couple looked forward to seeing the photographs they would be able to cherish for the rest of their lives.
A month later, the photos arrived.
“We received a CD from the wedding photographers but at first we thought it was a joke,” said Mr Geary. “Just about all of the pictures were out of focus or badly lit or just plain weird.”
In some of the images, the couple were so blurred as to be unidentifiable. In group shots, many of the guests were clearly not ready to be photographed and were looking in different directions — and did not include the bride’s parents. In one photograph, the bride and her father appear to have to share equal billing with bright red fire extinguishers.
To cap it all, the pictures of the reception had to be taken without flash as one of the photographers was epileptic.
“All we wanted was one picture to put in a frame of our wedding day, but there is not a single one we can use,” Mr Geary told the Daily Telegraph.
To add insult to injury, Westgate Photography have since gone bust and, as a result, the couple could only get a 50% refund.
Photographer Ian McCloskey admitted the pictures were “pretty awful”.
He said he and Nikki Carter had been forced to sell their cameras to pay off other disgruntled customers.
“If I could have paid all the money back I would have,” he said. “They weren’t happy with the images and neither were we. We did all we could to try and make it right.”
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