Who doesn’t appreciate an eye-opening bridezilla story? This unpleasant tale, provided by a photographer, details an episode in which a bride who was a friend tried to get the camera pro to pay her for the privilege of taking photos at her wedding.
The photographer shared his story on Reddit in a post entitled, “Bridezilla asks friend to pay her to photograph her wedding, unleashes hell on him when he refuses.”
According to the unnamed pro, the bride-to-be was a friend and months before her ceremony, she asked him to shoot the wedding, but with a catch. “You pay us $50 and then start taking photos that you can sell at the wedding to people who want them,” she suggested. “That way we can use the money for the wedding and you still might get paid.”
“I said no obviously. But nicely,” he said.
After she threw a crying tantrum his way, the guy caved a bit. “She was very upset with this and started to cry when I said I’d do the wedding for just $50 which is way below my rate. She called me a ‘bad friend,'” he wrote.
Then the plot thickens.
“Eventually she left in a huff. I just shrugged it off,” he said in his post. “Then I started getting phone calls and messages in the following weeks from mutual friends and even her family who I’ve never met. Soon I’m getting messages from people saying I’m selfish and that I’m ruining my best friend’s wedding (they overestimate our friendship) and even that I should be ashamed for leaving a friend ‘out in the cold.'”
At that point, the photographer caved even further. “So I said I’d do it for free, because why not. Free booze. That wasn’t good enough. She was insistent I pay her.”
The bride was apparently not just insistent. She was on a single-minded mission.
“Phone calls and messages persisted, getting all scorched earth,” wrote the cameraman. “Several dozen calls in the same day and several HUNDRED texts. We would get a ‘stop in’ at least once per day which became increasingly threatening. It was turning into a s*** show. So I finally just told her I’d do it and pay her on the wedding day. I never had intention of showing up at this point. Because they just wouldn’t f*** off no matter how many times I told them to. This was about 3 weeks before from the wedding.”
So at that point, in the minds of some observers weighing in on Reddit, the photographer took on some level of guilt or responsibility, since he told the bride he would be at the wedding.
“Silence, beautiful silence. Not another word of contact. Then the wedding day arrives. I made sure to sleep in and have a real nice, lazy day off. Around noon the calls start rolling in,” the guy wrote. “‘Where the f*** are you?’, ‘Wheres my money?’, ‘I can’t believe you ruined blah blah blah'”
“I got literally a hundred or more texts in 30 minutes and a half a dozen phone calls complete with angry voicemails. I didn’t pick up. Around 3, I see a car roll up to my place and it’s her dad. He starts beating on my door and yelling after I won’t answer. After a few minutes he f***s off, and the text messages stopped later in the evening,” he said.
“The next day I start getting even more texts and calls. People saying I really f***ed everyone over, the bride needed $50 to pay her officiant which they had to then crowdsource. There were no pictures other than cell phone shots from guests. Apparently I was ‘called out’ in the best man’s speech,” he continued. “My wife [is] on my side, but the story is all over all my social media and everyone is mad at me. My Mom even gave me s***. I see no need to defend my actions to anyone. My wife and I are cool and that’s all I really need.
“AITA?” the photographer asked readers, looking for a little love. (AITA means “Am I the a**hole?”)
As many bridezilla episodes are warnings of what not to do, this one results in the arrests of the bride and her father, since the alleged harassment continued after the photographer’s original Reddit post and he reported it all to the police.
“Got a call from an officer, my wife and I went down and did one more statement,” the photographer wrote in an update. “The bride and her dad were both arrested last night after I called it in. They had all the evidence they needed from social media and the messages I submitted. I’m not sure what happens next but I’m glad action is being taken and the state is taking the case. The phone calls and stop-ins have muted and I’ll likely be subpoenaed to testify I think.”
One person posting in response to the story wrote: “I have never in my life heard of a photographer paying a bride for the pleasure of taking her wedding day photos. I hope to god this is not a new trend amongst the professional moochers and ‘influencers.’ This bride and her loser family should be ashamed of themselves but it seems to be a concept they don’t grasp.”
“I had to read that three times just now to make sure I was reading it correctly,” another commenter wrote. “The most alarming part of this entire thing to me is not the bride. I have read thousands of stories of crazy brides. But what gets me the most is that so, so many people back up the bride in her insanity.”
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