Groom Sues Photographer – Disgruntled groom Todd J. Remis is suing photographers who took his wedding photos and is demanding his $48,000 nuptials be re-staged – even though he is divorced and his ex-wife may have moved to Latvia.
The out of work equity research analyst from Manhatten, New York, wants the entire wedding replayed to capture the final 15 minutes of his wedding to Milena Grzibovska, which took place in 2003.
Remis alleges that established firm HandH Photographers of Irvington, Westchester County, missed the last dance of the day and the moment his new bride tossed her bouquet.
Stunning: The Castle on the Hudson where Todd J. Remis married. He is seeking that his 2003 wedding is re-staged at the upmarket venue and that the photographers on the day foot the bill.
Claims: Out of work New York equity research analyst Todd J. Remis says photographers missed a crucial 15 minute period of his wedding and wants them to pay $48,000 have it re-enacted.
And he has demanded in court papers that the firm repay him the $4,100 cost of the wedding photos and that he is awarded $48,000 to allow him to re-enact the day and fly in guests to New York.
The photographic studio have pointed out however that the bride is believed to have moved back to her native Latvia and has proved uncontactable.
The couple married in front of 40 guests at Castle on the Hudson in Tarrytown, Westchester, but separated in 2008. Their divorce was finalized in 2010.
Photos of the day show a happy bride and groom surrounded by family, including the bride’s mother, Irina, and her sister Alina, who traveled from Latvia for the occasion.
But a few months after the contract to photograph and video the event had been signed, Remis complained to the firm that the three man crew had missed the last 15 minutes of his wedding day.
“I need to have the wedding recreated exactly as it was so that the remaining 15 percent of the wedding that was not shot can be shot,” he testified. “We would like to have it documented for eternity, for us and our families.”
But photographic boss Curt Fried, 87, who handed over his half of the firm to his son in 2004, said: “He wants to fly his ex-wife back and he doesn’t even know where she lives.”
Anger: Remis claims that the photographers for his wedding day missed the moment his bride threw her bouquet to waiting guests
Fried maintains that Remis was given 400 proofs to allow him to choose final images for the wedding album.
Remis claims “the office kept everything.”
A 2004 magazine article, however, published a photo of the bride and groom, which Fried says his firm took.
The next court hearing into the case is scheduled for next Thursday.