(Closed) Photography wedding disaster!

posted 4 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 2
9527 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

Did you talk to her about it? Did she say anything? Was there a reason why?

Post # 3
333 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

tashie16: So sorry that the photographer plans fell through. I can’t say that the same happened to me but our photographer was awful. He did capture very much of the things we wanted to be able to look back at years from now. The great thing about a wedding is that everyone is armed with a camera, phone, iPad or somethin so guests may be able to send you picture.  

Post # 4
2013 posts
Buzzing bee

tashie16: Hopefully your guests will have lots of nice pics!!

Can you get screen grabs from the videographer that you can then get printed?

Post # 6
343 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

tashie16:  Why was your Mother-In-Law in charge of the photographer? That’s really sad that she let that fall through. So sorry! 🙁 Great idea above about capturing the video stills and getting guest photos.

It won’t be the same, but you can still get some great portrait shots of you and your DH! Those are the main shots you’ll want for years to come anyway.

Post # 7
2878 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

tashie16: this is a non problem if they shot in digital. You can get images from the raw files. HD quality unless you / your mil hired n00bs

Post # 8
176 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I’m so sorry to hear this 🙁 Not sure why your mother-in-law failed to secure a photographer or think a videographer would be enough. I would have a hard time trusting her in the future.

Anyways, as other bees mentioned I think your next best option is to get some professional shots done anyway. But I would make a whole day about it. I would have a fancy dinner with my husband and I’d get shots at the location where we got married and other places I would’ve wanted to shoot at. I would even re-exchange vows for the photographer to capture. I would try to make it a fun, enjoyable day that you’ll look back on fondly because if you don’t, the photos will just remind you that they weren’t taken at your actual wedding. You don’t want to feel resentment every time you look at them.

I hope that helps. Good luck.

Post # 9
2394 posts
Buzzing bee

I’m not sure why your mother in law was in charge of hiring your photographer in the first place(???), but I’m very sorry that you didn’t get the wedding photography that you were hoping for. If you care a lot about something in the future, the obvious lesson is to take care of it yourself rather than trust your mother in law (or anyone else, for that matter). Of course lessons don’t help you now, and I second the suggestion to hire a photographer on your own and have some great photos taken in your wedding clothes.

Post # 11
415 posts
Helper bee

Sounds like this is a painful lesson learned. Don’t trust her with anything important in the future. 

Post # 12
299 posts
Helper bee

Exacty what bitsybee said. I would contact the videographer ASAP, tell them what happened, and they may be able to help or at least provide their footage for you to take to someone who can.

I’m sorry this happened to you. I do have another photographer disaster story to share if you would like to commiserate… My FI’s cousin got married and the photographer lost her keys at the venue and realized right before the wedding started. She was extremely unprofessional and rather than pushing it aside to deal with later, she freaked out and spent the entire time looking for her keys and took ZERO pictures. The only pictures they have are guests pictures, and this was in 2011 so it was before phones took decent quality ones. They have some from people who brought their digital cameras, but still not the same. To top it off, it was during a hurricane and the venue was on the water, which obviously they couldn’t utilize and had to have everything inside the building. It still upsets them to talk about, but at the end of the day they are still married and expecting their second baby in September!

I know it is upsetting, but try to keep perspective: you married your husband and hopefully had an otherwise lovely day. I do think you can salvage some still shots from the video, and in the meantime maybe reach out to some of your guests and see if they have any photos they haven’t shared yet.

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