November 3rd, 2011

Long After Divorce, Groom Sues to Have Wedding Photos Recreated

When a bride and groom are unhappy with their wedding photos, they sometimes demand a refund. Former groom Todd J. Remis is currently suing H&H Photographers, alleging breach of contract because the photographers missed the last 15 minutes of the ceremony and took lousy photos. Remis takes his claim even further: He has also demanded that the studio pay him $48,000 to fly the wedding party back to New York and recreate the entire ceremony and reception.  Here’s the sad part of the case, reported with fitting poignancy in today’s New York Times: The wedding took place in 2003. Remis and his wife separated in 2008, and divorced last year. Her whereabouts are unknown.

A judge in the State Supreme Court in Manhattan is letting Remis’s claim of breach of contract proceed. But in her opinion, she noted a sad truth that many wedding photographers already know: Sometimes the wedding photos mean more to the couple than the marriage itself.

Quoting the Barbara Streisand hit “The Way We Were,” Judge Doris Ling-Cohan writes, “This 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.”

Veteran New York Times reporter Joseph Berger explores many angles in the case, and interviews the founder of H&H Photographers, Curt Fried, an émigré from Nazi-occupied Vienna who opened the business 65 years ago.

But our real concern is Remis.  We hope his friends have told him: It’s time to move on.

We pity the photographer he hires to shoot his Match.com portrait.