They were supposed to be treasured mementoes of a newlywed couple’s big day.
But Steph and Paul Unwin were so disappointed with their wedding photos, they took legal action.
A third of David Kilcourse’s pictures were blurred and he took far more of the bridesmaids than of the happy couple, including ‘inappropriate’ shots of their bottoms and cleavage.
Mr Kilcourse took 96 photos of the bridesmaids, but only 70 of the bride, just 11 of the groom and none of the groom’s parents.
The Unwins won £600 damages in the small claims court after Mr Kilcourse failed to file a defence
But he hit back yesterday, saying the wedding day was affected by bad weather and accusing the couple of ‘cropping’ photographs to claim he focused on the bridesmaids’ bodies.
Mrs Unwin, 29, and her 30-year-old husband, who have two young sons, paid Mr Kilcourse £550 to take photos at their June 2015 wedding. But disappointment set in as soon as the couple from Bollington, Cheshire, received the first samples.
Mrs Unwin, a nurse, said: ‘When we got some of the pictures, I said to him, “is this all of them because I’m really disappointed”. He said he took thousands of pictures. When we received them, he’d taken 1,636 images and 559 were out of focus. He called them “misfires”.
‘There were none of the in-laws, one of my parents and almost 100 of the two bridesmaids.
‘He took pictures of one of my bridesmaid’s breasts, some of her bum. There were more pictures of just the bridesmaids than anything else. I’m sure he was doing that on purpose. When he takes three pictures of someone’s bum, that’s not an accident.
‘We have so many moments missing from our big day.’
Mr Kilcourse, of Middleton, Greater Manchester, said he had closed his wedding photography business in the wake of the dispute and had returned his fee to the Unwins. He said he did not attend court because the hearing was in Nottingham and it would have cost him ‘a fortune’ to attend.