WEDDING photographers have been bombarded with 200 complaints from unhappy couples after they took blurry pictures and failed to turn up on the big day.
Newlyweds are fuming after their day was ruined by the alleged snidey snappers Darren and Adele McDonagh.
Couples were forced to turn to guests’ snaps and ‘Selfies’ to salvage memories of tying the knot.
When their official pics did arrive they were blurred, focused on grooms’ bottoms rather than the brides’ faces and took months to develop.
Police and Action Fraud are investigating claims the couple – who run photography firm Treasured Memories – conned brides and grooms by promising drones, photo booths, and minute-by-minute capture of the weddings, and pocketed up to £100K.
‘DOWNER ON OUR 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 only Adele turned up and ruined their nuptials by crying and complaining she was depressed and suffering from anxiety.
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.
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.
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The McDonaghs, from Leeds, have been forced to refund some of their customers while others are still waiting for their pictures.
The photographers have claimed to have gone bankrupt, but there are no court records to back up this claim.
When confronted at home they refused to comment.
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