BELLEVILLE, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Dozens of newlyweds say they have been scammed out of their wedding ceremony photographs.
As CBS2’s Ali Bauman reported, they stated the identical photographer took their footage and cash after which disappeared.
Gabrielle and Chris Kuzio now have just one wedding ceremony photograph to embellish their new house and keep in mind their huge day. It was taken by the bride’s father.
They paid Jorge Valdivia, of Mirage Inventive Images, about $four,000 to do the remaining. However because the September wedding ceremony, Valdivia has been out of the image.
“In March, he stated he’s so sorry, every thing’s on its approach. now He had some kind of hiccup, no matter, well being challenge,” Gabrielle Kuzio stated. “I nonetheless haven’t acquired it.”
And they don’t seem to be the one ones. Dozens of on-line evaluations over the previous yr by different newlyweds name him a rip-off artist and share comparable tales.
“For our first dance, I recorded a video for her enjoying a music on the guitar and truly singing to her, and that might have been actually, very nice to have on video,” stated Michael Semler. “And I won’t ever see it.”
Semler, a Navy sailor, and his spouse Ashley, have moved to Florida since their July 2016 wedding ceremony in New Jersey.
“We particularly paid this man to have a video so we might hear our household’s voices as a result of we’re not house,” Ashley Semler stated.
Just like the newlyweds, CBS2 tried calling, emailing and messaging Valdivia’s social media accounts. There have been no solutions.
Totally different web sites listing a number of totally different addresses for Mirage Inventive Images. The corporate’s Fb web page introduced CBS2 to Belleville.
It seems Valdivia was renting area from an occasion planning firm to satisfy with shoppers. He left in December they usually haven’t heard from him since.
Former landlord Chris Andres stated about one to 2 brides and grooms have been coming in each week since Valdivia left.
“You get married solely as soon as endlessly and also you need these reminiscences,” Gabrielle Kuzio stated. “And whenever you cope with somebody like that, it ruins your day.”
The misplaced prints and movies value the couples hundreds of dollars. What was on them is invaluable.