(Closed) Our wedding pictures potentially lost forever

posted 9 years ago in Emotional
Post # 18
8351 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

@MonAmi: I am so sorry….

If I were you, I would contact everywhere you and the photographer were. Maybe the venue has them?

Post # 19
1557 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@MonAmi: Oh no! My heart is breaking for you right now. 

I really do hope that he somehow finds them…. he should be calling every venue, every stop that was made to try to track it down! 

I do hope that if there are any photos left, that he gives them to you free of charge and you get free prints of everything. 

Also, I know it’s not really ideal, but I think you and your husband should do a portrait session together (with a different photographer) in your wedding dress- sort of a “day after” session, only later, since it’s not really the day after anymore. 

It won’t be quite the same, but it would be better than nothing at all. 

Post # 20
3521 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

@tinylittlebird: That’s a really good idea. Also, try not to lose hope–I’m sure a few of your guests got some shots! I feel terrible for you, though. 🙁 But the important thing is that you’re married.

Post # 21
916 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

UGH I am so so sorry 🙁  Be sure to get full size copies of all your guests’ pictures!!

Post # 23
4801 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Oh my gosh, I’m so sorry! Honestly, I’m a bit sorry for the photographer too, I know that if I were him I’d be just sick over this mistake, calling him every name in the book seems harsh. I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed that you have an honest limo company (and honest people using the limo tonight…) and that the bag will show up!

Post # 24
1557 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@berkie: Agreed. Send a message out to all your guests that you need files of all their photos…. I’m sure they would be willing to put them on disk and send them to you. 

I’m going to keep praying for you and your Darling Husband. I know it hurts, but try to lean on each other and hold on to the happy memories you have from your wedding day. 

Post # 26
3316 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

We had something similar happen at my first wedding.  The only difference was that the photographer sent us proofs of the photos, but then disappeared before sending us actual prints.

You might want to contact guests at your wedding, and ask them to upload any photos they may have taken to somewhere like Winkflash.  (Unlike many other free sites, Winkflash allows unlimited upload and download of full hi res photos, instead of lesser quality Web-optimized ones.)  I know that won’t replace the professional photos, but it could at least give you a record of your day.

Post # 27
7299 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

@MonAmi:Have you checked with every vendor from your wedding day? has he retraced his steps? It’s a horrible situation, but sadly, we are human. I don’t think you should drag his name through the mud as a bad photographer. Is it possible that he left it at the venue? In a bathroom? In a hotel room? Did he fly in? They had to be left somewhere during the wedding day/night. When did he realize he didn’t have his bag? On his way back? Was the limo taking him back to his hotel/car? Did he take photos of you at the reception? 

I would be calling everyone. The only thing he can do (if you want it as an option) is offer to stage the whole thing and redo it. It sucks, but it might be your only option if you want pro photos if the bag never shows up. I hope it does though. 

Post # 28
714 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I read this article once where someone found a camera that had wedding pictures on it and they posted a photo on cragslist asking for identification. Keeping your fingers crossed for you 🙂

Post # 30
257 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

i’m so sorry.  i’m not sure what i would do if i were in your shoes.  omg i would be so mad and sad at the same time. 

did you have any guests with dslr cameras?  maybe you can ask them to send you high res photos from their cameras.  i try to bring mine whenever i attend a wedding just in case something like this happens so at the very least they would have my photos.  i know the photos will not be the same because the pro photographers do get the best positions and i know they don’t like it when guests with their own big dslrs get in their way.  i think i even read a photographer’s contract that explicitly said that the photographer would leave if we hired more than one photographer.

i realize you are really upset but try to calm down and see if there’s anything you can do to help find the memory cards or at least get some pictures from your guests.  like someone else said, the photog is human and makes mistakes.  it is a little harsh to call him an idiot.  maybe someone was being opportunistic and snatched his equipment bag while he let his guard down.  he probably also lost quite a bit in this.  most photographers carry several tens of thousands of dollars in equipment.  he must be feeling pretty crappy right now too.


Post # 31
7288 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011


Accidents happen.

Put yourself in his position.

Pray that this is the worst trial you face as a husband and wife, and if heaven forbid you don’t get the photos, its the only thing you ever loose. I’ve known far to many sweet young brides who have lost their husbands, fast and tragic. They would give anything to be in your position.

Praying for you sanity and friendships the bag turns up!

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