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Just For Fun: Divorced Man Pursues Damages to Recreate Memorable Wedding

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A former groom is suing his wedding photographer for not photographing two key parts of his 2003 wedding ceremony: the last dance and the bouquet toss. Since the wedding, the bride and groom have divorced and the bride allegedly has moved back to her native Latvia. Even though the marriage is over, the man is still seeking a refund for the cost of the photography services as well as an additional $48,000 to fly specific guests from the wedding to New York to recreate the event for another photographer. In his lawsuit, the man complained that the photographs were "unacceptable as to color, lighting, poses, positioning" and that the two-hour video taken of the six-hour wedding was insufficient. The judge assigned to the case dismissed most of the grounds for the lawsuit, but has allowed the case to proceed on breach of contract grounds, stating "[t]his is a case in which it appears that the 'misty watercolor memories' and the 'scattered pictures of the smiles...left behind' at the wedding were more important than the real thing". The judge further noted, that "Although the marriage did not last, Plaintiff's fury over the quality of the photographs and video continued on."