The bride was overshadowed by bums
Weddings are incredibly special events for people, and they usually pay top dollar to photographers to capture all of the magic that happens. If those photos come back flawed, the bride and groom often feel devastated. Several couples have come forward saying that their special wedding memories have been ruined by one man who didn’t deliver what he promised. Apparently, he took totally inappropriate pictures of the big day — and now he’s on the line for thousands.
Steph and Paul Unwin believed that their wedding in 2015 was going to be perfectly captured by photographer David Kilcourse. He told Paul during the ceremony that he already captured thousands of photographs that he would deliver to them after some editing. Eventually, the Unwins got some of the pictures that David took that day, but the photos were not what they were expecting.
The Unwins explained that 30% of the 1,636 pictures they received were blurry. David referred to them as “misfires.” 100 pictures focused on the two bridesmaids compared to 70 of the bride, 11 of the groom, and none of David’s parents. The Unwins also noticed that the many bridesmaids’ pictures were zoomed into their chests and rear ends.
“I know that photography is interpreted differently by different people but when he takes three pictures of someone’s bum, that’s not an accident. I’m sure he was doing that on purpose,” Steph told Daily Mail. The Unwins paid David £550 for an album of photos, some prints, photo editing, and CD of the pictures. He was supposed to show up when the bride and groom were getting ready and stay through the end of the reception.
“He didn’t turn up until after the groom’s arrival, by which point we were all ready. He didn’t get family pictures and missed my mum, dad and in-laws,” Steph said. “On pictures he took using a photo booth, you can see hanging equipment and the metal frame in the background.”
According to Steph, they only got a disk of their pictures, not an album, after she complained to him. The pictures weren’t edited, and the pictures that weren’t blurry were often taken at extreme angles. Luckily, the Unwins had a videographer that captured most of the happy event.
A Trail of Disappointment
Steph and Paul started hearing from other couples who hired David and were highly disappointed with his work. Emma and Gareth Hewitt paid David £600 for wedding photos, but they never received them. David said that there was a “hard drive failure,” and the photos were erased.
Emma was so upset that her wedding photos were lost that she paid thousands of pounds to stage a fake wedding so that it could be photographed by a different photographer. “We now have an album to cherish but the whole thing left us heartbroken. I dread to think how many other people suffered,” she told The Sun.
Michelle Gabbot explained on Facebook that David took the pictures on her wedding day, and she wasn’t even in them. She wrote, “I got a set of photos, but I have none of me and my husband.” Other brides said that they haven’t received any photos from him years after the wedding.
Not wanting to let more couples have sub-par wedding photos, Steph and Paul took David to small claims court in order to expose him. The Unwins won £601 after David didn’t show up for court in September 2016. In a different case, David was ordered to pay the Hewitts £1,826, but he’s only paid them about half of that.
David shuttered his wedding photography business after the Unwins won their case, but he refuses to say that he was responsible for how the photos turned out. “They ruined me. As a company, we did over 1,000 weddings and we only had, probably in all that time, 10 complaints of that severity. It’s a matter of opinion that we didn’t [fulfill] the package,” he reasoned. He claimed that the Unwins cropped the photos he gave them to make it seem as though they were inappropriate.
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