ATLANTA — Brides from everywhere in the nation are complaining about an Atlanta-based wedding pictures enterprise, Lace & Vine Pictures.
Pissed off shoppers say the photographer both didn’t present up or didn’t present the ultimate product.
Channel 2 Shopper Investigator Justin Grey talked to Mimmi Phan, who solely has images of her September New England wedding as a result of a visitor stepped in on the final minute to take photos.
She obtained a textual content from the proprietor of Lace & Vine at 2:30 pm on the afternoon of the wedding saying he was not coming and wouldn’t be offering a substitute.
“We had tried to provide them outs a number of occasions like, ‘If you cannot make this wedding, we are able to get one other photographer as an alternative.’ However they advised the coordinator they have been going to indicate up,” Phan mentioned
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She says the photographer advised the wedding planner the morning of the large day that he could be there, earlier than bailing with a textual content message simply hours earlier than the ceremony.
Phan nonetheless hasn’t gotten her a refund.
“The day of the wedding we have been very indignant. We’re extra pissed off at this level as a result of we simply need it to be over,” Phan mentioned.
Jasmine Murphy employed Lace & Vine to shoot and edit a video of their April wedding.
Almost six months later, she nonetheless doesn’t have the video that was alleged to be offered inside 90 days.
“It isn’t like we’re about to return and do that over again,” Murphy mentioned
Channel 2 Motion Information has talked with a number of different brides with related tales.
There’s even a “Victims of Lace & Vine” Fb group.
A bride who wished to stay nameless as she fights to get a refund wrote us “they fully no confirmed my wedding. No communication in any respect after I despatched them the ultimate cost.”
“Would you like the reality, otherwise you need me to validate what your issues and emotions are?” Lace & Vine’s co-owner Anthony Brown advised Channel 2 Shopper Investigator Justin Grey by telephone.
Grey spoke for greater than 30 minutes to Brown, who additionally despatched us dozens of textual content messages however solely allowed a small portion of the dialog to be on the document.
“Now that we’re on the document, sure, Mimmi Phan, I didn’t present up for her wedding. My engine blew up. I advised her that I would not be capable to be there, and I advised her to file a dispute for her refund,” he mentioned.
Lace & Vine says the automotive breakdown occurred in North Carolina on the wedding day. However Phan received the cancelation textual content simply three hours earlier than the ceremony. North Carolina is a 14-hour drive from the wedding location north of Boston.
Lace & Vine’s web site is now shut down.
The couple who owned it have gone their separate methods and inform me that has led to a serious backup of labor.
Mimmi Phan nonetheless has not obtained a promised refund.
Lace & Vine advised her by textual content that detrimental critiques and canceled weddings have led to a deficit of their account.
“In the event you have been already at some extent the place it is an excessive amount of to deal with why would you retain taking extra weddings or not letting your shoppers know what’s going on,” Phan mentioned.
Lace & Vine’s proprietor says the corporate is now not accepting new shoppers, and tells Channel 2 they’re working to finish all of the backlogged edits and get images and movies to clients.
Simply helped an hour earlier than Grey’s story was scheduled to air, Lace and Vine turned their web site again on. In addition they posted a press release for purchasers that learn, partially:
“Lace and Vine has skilled a shift in administration prior to now few months that has, sadly, impacted the standard of service and communication with our shoppers.”
The assertion does object to among the detrimental on-line critiques the corporate obtained, saying that “some critiques which were posted on-line are fully fraudulent in nature.”
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