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.

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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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