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OFF BEAT: Man sues photographer, wants to re-enact wedding for missed shots

Posted On: Nov. 4, 2011 12:00 AM CST

A state Supreme Court judge in Manhattan has dismissed most of a lawsuit that a man levied against his wedding photographer—not only for the cost of his services, but also for the $48,000 it would cost to recreate the 2003 ceremony.

According to the lawsuit, Todd Remis, a former financial analyst from New York, claimed that the studio did not shoot the final moments of his 2003 wedding reception, including the bouquet toss and last dance. Out of the services that were provided, Mr. Remis found the photographs to be “unacceptable of color, lighting, poses and positioning” and also said he expected the wedding video to capture the full six hours of the event, rather than two.

“I need to have the wedding recreated exactly as it was so that the remaining 15% of the wedding that was not shot can be shot,” said Mr. Remis during testimony.

Curt Fried, the 87-year-old owner of Bronx-based H&H Photographers, said that re-enacting the wedding would be especially tricky because Mr. Remis divorced his wife in 2009, the same year he filed the lawsuit.

“It was unfortunate in the circumstances,” Mr. Remis said in the deposition, referring to the separation, “but we are very much happy with the wedding event and we would like to have it documented for eternity, for us and for our families.”

Though Justice Doris Ling-Cohan has allowed Mr. Remis' breach of contract claim to proceed, she questioned his motives for filing the suit six years after the ceremony.

Quoting Barbara Streisand's film “The Way We Were” in an opinion on the case, Justice Ling-Cohen wrote, “This is a case in which it appears the ‘misty watercolor memories' and the ‘scattered pictures of the smiles…left behind' at the wedding were more important than the real thing.”