NEW YORK – The wedding was eight years ago, and has since ended in divorce, but a New York man wants to recreate his special day so the moments missed by a professional photographer can be captured.
Todd J. Remis is suing H & H Photographers, claiming the last 15 minutes of his 2003 wedding ceremony were missed -- including the last dance and bouquet toss, The New York Times reported.
Remis is seeking a refund on the $4,100 charged by the studio along with an additional $48,000 to recreate the entire wedding so it can be re-shot by another photographer.
But it is unknown whether Remis' then-bride Milena Grzibovska would even attend such a re-creation as the couple divorced last year and it is understood she has returned to her native Latvia.
Justice Doris Ling-Cohan of State Supreme Court in Manhattan has allowed the suit to proceed to determine if there was a breach of contract, but has dismissed some parts of the lawsuit, including a claim for "infliction of emotional distress."
"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," the judge wrote in an opinion, quoting lyrics from the Barbra Streisand song "The Way We Were."
"Although the marriage did not last, plaintiff's fury over the quality of the photographs and video continued on."
Remis said in his lawsuit that the photographs were "unacceptable as to color, lighting, poses, positioning" and he had expected the wedding -- which lasted six hours -- to be included in full on the videotape he received, instead of just two hours of highlights.
"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 said.
The next court hearing on the matter will be held Thursday.