The Inaugural Dumbass Couple of the Year goes to…

(Huffington Post) A jury in Dallas has said a couple must pay their wedding photographer $1.08 million in damages for launching a public campaign intended to defame and discredit her after the two parties disputed over a $125 fee.


Wedding photographer Andrea Polito said Friday’s decision was the end of a long journey.


Andrew and Neely Moldovan had hired the photographer and her studio to take their engagement photos and capture their October 2014 wedding and rehearsal dinner. Polito said she had been a busy wedding photographer in the Dallas area for over a decade, and her studio was usually booked every weekend.


After the nuptials, Polito’s contract stipulates that once she sends proofs, the couple must put in an order for their album, which carries an additional fee of at least $125 for the cover.


According to the lawsuit, Polito filed in March 2015, Neely Moldovan, a lifestyle and beauty blogger in Dallas who has previously blogged for HuffPost, requested copies of high-resolution photographs from the event after she received proofs. Despite contractual protocol, the couple did not submit their order for the album.

Polito told The Washington Post that she, like many other wedding photographers, does not release high-res images until after the entire package is complete and paid for because “photographers will hand over the images and the bride disappears.”

After several emails back and forth reiterating the contract, Polito said she waived the fee in an attempt to move on with the process. Then she learned the couple had told local news stations Polito was “holding their photos hostage,” according to the suit. The couple appeared on Dallas’ local NBC News station, lamenting their experience working with Polito.


They also complained on social media, posting comments on Facebook and Instagram and writing a review trashing the photographer as “scamming” them on WeddingWire, a site couples use to find wedding vendors. The suit also said multiple one-star reviews appeared on the review site Yelp in the days after the Moldovans appeared on TV.

Polito wrote candidly about the experience on her blog, and she ultimately filed a defamation lawsuit that alleged that the couple’s campaign defamed her and destroyed her business. The photographer said in her lawsuit and to multiple news outlets that the viral news story eventually caused her to close her studio. She told CBS News she hasn’t photographed a wedding in two years.


Holy shit. I honestly don’t even know where to start with this. If you didn’t read any of that, basically this couple had a wedding damn near three years ago and I guess there was a dispute over the fee and like any other newlywed white hair-above-the-shoulder let-me-speak-to-the-manager woman would, she took to Yelp and bashed the fuck out the poor photographer.
I am an avid believer in “karma is a bitch” and this couple had some saved up. The fee was $125. I’m not a douche and talk about people’s financial situation but this is some Grade-A bullshit. They just had a full wedding in which I would bet my left nut, came out the pocket of the father of the bride. So since she didn’t pay for anything, she has some cash lying around. And even if she didn’t have any, you already know she has one of those uncles that completely ignored the gift registry and just slid some cash to the groom when no one was looking. This is also the same uncle that just looks at your sister a little too long past comfortability. We all have them.
So this $125 fee turned into $1.08 million to the photographer from this couple. To put that number in perspective, this lady is making more money off this than most of the NBA’s second round rookies will make this year. One Yelp review fucked her whole business up for two years. Apparently after the incident media outlets bombarded her and started accusing her, so she had enough.
There’s one part in the story that really stands out to me though.
After the nuptials, Polito’s contract stipulates that once she sends proofs, the couple must put in an order for their album, which carries an additional fee of at least $125 for the cover.
So she has them under contract, takes the pictures, sends them proof she took them and then they pay. These are the people who immediately accept every newsletter on any website because they obviously aren’t proof reading anything. How much of a terrible person do you have to be to try to get over on someone on the “happiest day of their lives.” This is the lady you’ll see in the grocery store counting everyone’s items who walks into the express lane and she doesn’t even work there. This would’ve fucked up my whole week if this poor innocent lady didn’t win, but these two warriors of Satan lost and all is good with the world.
Just to help this lady out I was going to link her website, but I go to check it out and she’s actually throwing shade at these two people.
What a legend. I think it’s amazing that she’s being a good sport, but I think a cool million will do that to anyone.
Usually after a while I’ll start to feel bad for people who messed up and hope they realize their mistake, but not here. Fuck that couple. I hope they pull a Bartman and stay in hiding or even better, get divorced so all the 1.08 million will be over a $125 fee that eventually benefitted neither of them.
Honestly, the real reason they never paid the fee is probably that their email inbox is swamped with Crate & Barrell’s weekly newsletter.
Isaac Fox

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