‘Britain’s worst wedding photographers’ bombarded with death threats over ‘blurred photos and no shows’

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A WEDDING photography couple accused of being Britain’s worst photographers have accused newlyweds of sending them death threats.

Darren and Adele McDonagh say furious customers told them their kids deserved CANCER after the blurry pictures went viral – and were forced to close down their business.

Darren and Adele McDonagh say they were bombarded with death threats
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Newlyweds are fuming after their big days were ruined
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Couples say they were forced to turn to guests’ snaps and selfies to salvage memories of tying the knot.

When their official pics did arrive the newlyweds complain they were blurred, focused on grooms’ bottoms rather than the brides’ faces and took months to develop.

Adele, of Leeds, West Yorks said: “We just want to move forward with our lives and now want to be left alone.

“The claims of us pocketing £100,000 is totally ridiculous, we never made that in the two years we traded.

COUPLE AXED BUSINESS

“Since our business went under, we’ve had people kicking on our doors and beating on our windows over this.

“I’ve read some horrible things about me and my personal life and Darren got a text threatening him saying he’s never going to work again.

“I had to get the police involved after I got a message saying I was going to get shot and another wishing my kids get cancer.”

The couple were forced to shut down their business in September after the botched photos went viral.

I had to get the police involved after I got a message saying I was going to get shot and another wishing my kids get cancer


Adele McDonagh

Darren added: “It was a very hard decision to admit to myself that our business was done.

“Adele and I worked so hard to make it a success and often worked 16 hours a day.”

Chantelle and David Maconochie, of Chester-le-Street, Co Durham, booked Treasured Moments to capture their wedding on June 15, last year.

Mum-of-four Chantelle, 30, and bus driver Darren, 36, shelled out £500 to book the couple.

But she claims only Adele turned up and ruined their nuptials by crying and complaining she was depressed and suffering from anxiety.

When Adele turned up she told me the day was the anniversary of her baby’s death, which put a downer on the day.


Michelle Machonochie

Other brides and grooms also complained the McDonaghs blamed hospital appointments, accidents, family bereavements and vandalism for not delivering the promised wedding photos.

Chantelle said: ”When Adele turned up she told me the day was the anniversary of her baby’s death, which put a downer on the day.

“She demanded the DJ play the first dance early so she could get home sooner and she was asking me what poses I wanted to do.

“She was crying all the time and missed our first kiss and mucked up me walking down the aisle.

“For our first dance all she captured was photos of Darren’s butt and when we eventually got the pictures, after months of waiting and complaining, many were out focus and unusable in a wedding album.”

The couple were forced to drive from Chester-le-Street to Leeds to pick up a USB stick with the unedited photographs.

‘THEY BROKE OUR HEARTS’

Samantha Fulcher Jones, 34, and her husband Kevin Fulcher, 49, from Stockton-on-Tees, County Durham, say their hearts have been broken.

The couple say they paid £700 for pictures of their August ceremony at the Clarence House Hotel in Dalton-in-Furness, Cumbria. But the only pictures they have were taken by a relative.

Kevin said: “They turned up on the day with no photo booth or drone which we had paid for but we didn’t get our money back.

“We’ve been nice with him [Darren] but he’s broke my wife’s heart. Her dad walked her down the aisle and he’s 82. He might not be here much longer.

“I’m hoping to get them back when we track him down. The last time we heard from them was in October but nothing since.”

The Facebook group “Treasured Moments Photography (McDonagh) – Client support group” is full of such stories from its 149 members.

The group asks: “Have you lost money to Adele and Darren McDonagh, trading as Treasured Moments Photography and more recently as Ivy Photography based in the Yorkshire area?”


Laura Louise Hughes, another bride claiming to have been affected, said: “Adele and Darren McDonagh. You are vile, and no one believes you. This woman is delusional and believes she’s done nothing wrong.”

Another bride, Ella Stevenson, said: “This is my last resort. I have been patient and tried my best with Darren and Adele until they stopped messaging me. Does anyone know their whereabouts?”

Karen Sewell posted on behalf of her son’s wedding pictures by saying: “It’s not about the money. It’s about ruining a couple’s precious wedding days.”

Chantelle and David Maconochie were furious with the photos of their big day by Treasured Moments
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The Maconochie’s were furious with their wedding pictures
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Adele McDonagh allegedly turned by to the Maconochie’s wedding and said she was depressed and repeatedly burst into tears
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Darren McDonagh who runs Treasured Moments wedding photographers
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Newlyweds Chantelle and David Maconochie who were forced to take selfies on their big day
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The Maconochie’s accused their wedding snappers of ‘putting a downer on the day’
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