“To forgive is the highest most beautiful form of love. In return you will receive untold peace and happiness.” (Robert Muller)
Before reading this post I would like to say that it ends happily…..
A few days ago I blogged about our wedding photographers who ran away with our photographs and $1200. I was very grateful that a few friends saved the day by giving us some pictures of our big day since the professional photographs were missing in action.
After my wedding in 2005 I tried to reach the photographers by phone, email and mail. I could not reach them at all. It was as if they disappeared into thin air.
In 2005, when we had our wedding photographer fiasco Facebook was just launched. When our photographers became unreachable there was nothing we could do except file a complaint against the Better Business Bureau and file a court case in small claims.
Since I was a newlywed I did not want to start my marriage off with a court case so we decided to just make a complaint with the Better Business Bureau. I was hoping that the photographers would get a conscience and give us our pictures or our money back.
For many years I would do Google searches to track the photographers down. The phone number I had was disconnected so I would send the occasional email that was never answered. Life went on, I had kids, and for many years I did not think of the crooked photographers or my missing pictures until I wrote the blog post about thanking my friends for saving my wedding day memories.
On a whim I decided to do a Google search again and I found the photographers had come back and renamed their business. They had a very professional sight and a Facebook page.
As we all know Facebook has made the world a little smaller. Facebook helped me solve the case of the missing wedding photographers.
I found their photography page and the personal page of the main photographer who I made the contractual deal with all those years ago. In the public Facebook pictures there were smiling faces of the photography team who took my $1200 all those years ago.
Facebook gave me the ability to reach out and have the closure I wanted. I sent an email saying who I was and I wanted to resolve things peacefully.
The main photographer and I are now communicating. They want to pay the full $1200 back in 6 installments of $200. I was really happy that they are going to do the right thing and fulfill their contractual agreement.
Since the photographer is recovering from an illness, while starting her business again and taking care of her children, I told her that she could just give me $400 and some other items we agreed upon.
I want my pictures back because they are priceless.
My wedding was the last big event that I had with my father before he died of cancer.
There were pictures that the professional photographers took that were only privy to a few people, like arrangements before the actual wedding and reception (when the bride is dressing up and the groom bonds with his party). Those are just some of the pictures I have missed since we have none of those on file.
This holiday season should be an exciting one because we will be opening a time capsule when we get our wedding pictures, albums, dvds, etc.
I am happy that the photographer and I are communicating. Thank you Facebook for being a catalyst for a peaceful resolution.
I hope you have a wonderful day!