Hundreds of couples without wedding photos after photography business goes bankrupt

Up to 800 couples were left without a wedding photographer or their shots after a business went bankrupt.

South West Photo and Film filed for bankruptcy and shut down its social media channels on Wednesday.


Jessica Hambly paid South West Photo and Film days before the company went bankrupt1 credit

Many had paid a deposit or the full balance to the Torquay-based firm, also known as Lee Brewer Photography.

Jessica Hambly, from Wadebridge, Cornwall, said: ‘It was the vulture that took my money just two days ago.

“Thousands of people lost money because of him.”

Amy Thomas, 40, from Chippenham, Wiltshire, paid £1,600 on July 7.

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She said, “Our wedding is in seven weeks and I don’t know what to do.”

Leah Karen, of Torpoint, Cornwall, also claimed the company owed money to contract photographers.

The Let’s Find You Another Wedding Photographer self-help group was launched on Wednesday and has 1,600 members.

South West Photo said it “struggled to survive the pandemic, but the financial implications proved too great”.

A statement added: “If you have had a wedding with us in the last 12 weeks and are still waiting for your photos/videos, we will contact you to find out how you can access your photo and video files.

“I apologize. There would never have been a good time.

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