- 3 years ago
- Wedding: January 2013
I never in a million years would have thought to background check my vendors. I figured my due diligence ended at a few reviews. Boy, was I wrong! I want to tell my story here to warn other bees and try to prevent this from happening to you.
We hired our videographer after I came across his website during my search. He was advertsing a special he was running on a huge video package. I liked what I saw of his work and the customer feedback I found was great, although there wasn’t a ton of it.
We made an appointment to meet with him and discuss the possibility of him doing the videography at our wedding. He seemed cool. He brought his son to the meeting, who was well behaved, and we liked his style. We signed on the dotted line and paid our deposit.
We met about 2 weeks before the wedding for some pre wedding interview footage. He mentioned that he had recently moved to a larger city, about 2 hours away, becaus ehe was beginning to shift the focus of his work to more commercial stuff. I thought this was odd because he had been giving this good deal on wedding packages to build his wedding portfolio. He said that weddding induxtry had dried up a bit where we are living.
Everything went off without a hitch for the most part. He was there for the wedding as scheduled and all appeared to go smoothly. It wasn’t until my groom and I were about to go to sleep that night that I found out there had been an issue.
Turns out that one of our guests went to our coordinator after the ceremony and informed her that our videographer is a registered sex offender!!!!! The guest, who remained anonymous, said that they just felt they needed to let someone know. Well, my coordinator, who is amazing, by the way, called the cops to make sure he wasn’t in any sort of violation after she looked him up to find that he had been convicted of distribution of child pornography. She made sure that the cops didn’t get anywhere near the wedding when they came out to make a record of the report. The cops said that because it was a private event, at which he was invited to perform his videography services then, legally, he could be there. So, it was up to my husband to make the call as to wether or not he stayed. It’s a good thing they kept this from me until later!
Moral of the story is, I have no clue!!! Are we supposed to back ground check all of our vendors now? CRAZY!