A Wiltshire couple has misplaced £1,600 and at the moment are in search of one other wedding photographer to take photos of their huge day after a Devon-based firm went bust.

Amy Thomas, 40, from Chippenham, is “devasted” after shedding £1,600 and a wedding photographer after South West Picture and Movie introduced it had filed for chapter.

The bride-to-be mentioned: “It’s horrendous. Your wedding is a vital a part of your life.

”If you find yourself making an attempt to be organized and you’ve got saved so exhausting to have the wedding of your dream after which this occurs.”

She and her would-be bridegroom have been capable of finding a brand new videographer however a nonetheless on the seek for a photographer to take photos of their wedding.

Amy mentioned: “We’re nonetheless in search of a photographer all day and our finances is actually zero as a result of we have now saved so exhausting.

“Sadly, as a result of we did not need to put the wedding on bank cards, we saved and paid Lee with our debit card.”

They’re amongst tons of of {couples} who’ve been left with out wedding photographs or a photographer for his or her huge day after South West Picture and Movie went bust and shut down its web site and social media platforms.

The Torquay-based enterprise, beforehand generally known as Lee Brewer Images, mentioned the monetary implications of Covid-19 have “confirmed an excessive amount of”.

It has resulted in lots of {couples} – some claiming as many as 800 – throughout the nation desperately trying to find a brand new photographer.

They’re additionally having to search out extra cash after having paid South West Picture and Movie a deposit or the entire stability in full.

Determined {couples} have now taken to a web based Fb group, arrange by a photographer from Devon and one other from Dorset, which hopes to assist brides and grooms discover various photographers for his or her huge day.

It has additionally turn into a platform the place determined people have shared tales of how they’ve been let down by South West Picture and Movie.

Prospects who e-mail the enterprise are being met with an computerized e-mail reply that states: “It’s with utmost disappointment we want to inform you that South West Picture and Movie, formally Lee Brewer Images, has ceased buying and selling.

”We are going to not be capable of present any of our providers to you at your wedding.

“We have now tried so exhausting the final couple of years to outlive the Covid-19 pandemic. The monetary implications have confirmed an excessive amount of for us to recover from.

“Sadly, I’ve been left with no selection however to stop buying and selling and declare chapter as of immediately, July 27. An official receiver shall be in contact with additional info.

“NB, you probably have had a wedding with us within the final 12 weeks and are nonetheless ready to your photographs/ video, we shall be in contact over the approaching weeks with the knowledge on how one can get entry to your photograph and video recordsdata .

”We recognize this is not perfect however we shall be in contact with the related info asap.

“I apologise as that is going to trigger stress and I’m extraordinarily sorry for this. Sadly, there was by no means going to be a very good time.

“I’ve listed beneath a gaggle of really helpful photographers, videographers and mirror sales space corporations who could possibly assist in your day.

”Please observe these individuals are under no circumstances affiliated to Southwest Picture and Movie and you may be reserving them in a very separate entity.”

A assist group, Let’s Discover You One other Wedding Photographer/ Videographer 2022, was created final Wednesday (July 27), and already has over 1,600 members.

Chippenham couple loose £1,600 as wedding photography firm goes bust

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