The image of a father who stopped the wedding processional to grab his daughter’s stepfather so that they could both walk her down the aisle warmed hearts all over the globe. The wedding of Brittany and Jeremy Peck was photographed by Delia D. Blackburn in late September was viewed over 70 million times and appeared on news outlets worldwide.
But now the heartwarming story has turned sour as both sides are involved in a dispute in the weeks since the wedding day. Brittany’s father has threatened to sue Blackburn for allegedly trying to profit off the images. According to the bride, Blackburn had mentioned the possibility of selling posters of the image on social media. The family did not like this idea and a social media war ensued, complete with veiled threats that have since been deleted and negative reviews for Blackburn’s photography business.
“I captured an amazing moment for them in their life and they’re trying to destroy my life,” says Blackburn in an interview with Fox 2 St. Louis. The bride claims the dispute began when the bride’s mom took to social media asking for advice since the couple hadn’t received their photos yet. Their contract stated that delivery would be two weeks after the wedding date. Now, seven weeks later, the conflict has escalated with both sides lawyering up. Brittany’s mother ended up posting an apology on her Facebook page, saying that they don’t know the person who wrote the threat, but that they just want their wedding photos. Says Brittany,
We don’t want anything out of this. Hand us our pictures and we’ll go our separate ways.
Blackburn cites that the overwhelming response to the photos caused a delay in her work. Now both parties involved, through their lawyers, have agreed on a delivery date in December.
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