It was supposed to be the happiest day of their lives, yet a couple’s wedding plans were soon sent into disarray after a fallout with their photographer led to court appearances and no footage from their big day.
Now, Vipul Ladwa and his wife, Jaspreet Kaur Ladwa, are warning other couple’s to beware when booking photographers as wedding season approaches once again.
“Nobody should be put through the ordeal we have been through at that time in their lives,” Mrs Ladwa said.
“We have no professional photos or footage from our civil ceremony and hopefully by telling others our story, it won’t happen again.”
The West-Midlands couple, both 27-years-old, were married more than two years ago yet have been caught up in a legal battle since then, trying to retrieve photos and video from their special day.
After booking a local photographer to capture the most important moments from their civil ceremony, and the Indian wedding which followed a few weeks later, Mr and Mrs Ladwa say they were extremely happy.
The owner of the company, who cannot be named, had done the photography of Jaspreet’s parents around 30 years ago and so they were convinced that the right choice had been made.
“Ever since I was a little girl I had always wanted them to do my wedding photos,” Mrs Ladwa said. “It had such a sentimental feel to it and he was so nice at the start that everything just seemed so right.
“We agreed a verbal contract right there and then and he said we didn’t even have to sign anything which was another bonus.”
Yet, as the couple began to plan their wedding’s finer details, they allege that the professionalism of their chosen photographer began to deteriorate.
Terms of the contract were supposedly changed from initial proposals, reducing the number of photos and length of video available, yet both parties remained happy with the outcome.
The photographer took the photos and video on the day of the civil ceremony as planned yet Mrs Ladwa states that she believed he was ‘rude’ and ‘unprofessional’ when talking to a family friend also taking photos.
She said: “He was very aggressive towards one of our family friends who was taking pictures on the day.
“He seemed to think that we would be going over the limit of photos and that is why our friend was doing pictures but they wouldn’t have been anywhere near the quality of a professional.
“Five days after the ceremony we went down to the business to select the 150 photos we wanted for our album from more than 1,000 taken on the day.
“It took us more than half a day to do it but we were happy enough to do so, and got told they would be ready in four to six weeks.”
Two weeks before the next event, the Indian wedding, Mrs Ladwa states that she received a phone call from the photographer ‘demanding money’ and said she was told she would have to select her photos again.
After doing so, the West Midlands resident says she then began to get stressed about the wedding day.
“It was just a distraction we did not need at that time,” she said.
“A couple of days later he phoned again to demand the money. He shouted down the phone at my mother and hung up on her, then wouldn’t answer any of our calls.
“It was all so upsetting that I didn’t feel I could see him on my wedding day so we asked him to cancel the photography for the Indian wedding and we would just pay him for the civil ceremony footage, which must have been 90 per cent complete by that stage.”
The couple booked a separate photographer for the Indian wedding yet explained how further problems developed shortly after.
Mrs Ladwa added: “A fortnight after our Indian wedding, we were told that our [initial photographer] was attempting to sue us for 75per cent of a cancellation fee as well as the full cost of the Indian wedding photo-shoot.
“We were taken to court where he was told he had no claim and was forced to pay our court fees and give our deposit back.
“We still offered to pay him the full amount for the photos and video which he had captured from our ceremony but he still won’t do it.”
Vipul and Jaspreet do have photos and video from their Indian wedding, which they say they now ‘cherish even more’, and hope to one day be reunited with their civil ceremony footage.