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FOX 5 I-Team: Newlyweds search for missing photos

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After a wedding it's the wedding picture that really holds the special place after the event. Massa Hoff wanted the pictures to be right. After all she made the poor 'fella' wait long enough.

"Well, it's definitely the 5-year engagement," she laughs.

This Lawrenceville woman said 'Yes' to him and ‘Yes' to the suggestion to use "2 Girls and a Camera Photography." There seems to be a lot of photo shops with that same name, but this one is owned by Marcia Hooper who'd worked with the bride-to-be's sister, she says, on many business projects.

"The family knows her. You've seen her work. Someone you can trust. So I was, like, great I don't have to stress. You hear all of the crazy horror stories and I didn't want to be one of those," says Ms. Hoff

But nine months after her wedding, Massa Hoff has filed a civil suit against Ms. Hooper for "refusing to abide by the contract." You see, the photographer actually showed up at the wedding....even several hours early....

Ms. Hoff remembers, "To take photos of the groomsmen, the family, me in the dressing room with my mother lacing me."

But Massa Hoff says her photographer left early, then oddly, the videographer, who'd already gone, came back to take pictures during the reception. But the bride says she never worried because text messages after the wedding didn't indicate there were any problems.

A May 18th text read, "I've uploaded the pictures to the site...."

But they weren't there.

Texted 10 days later, "I'm putting your package in the mail...."

Still, nothing.

Ms. Hoff says she never heard again from the woman she hired to take her wedding pictures.

"My biggest fear is that she doesn't have them," she says crying. "I'm sorry."

What happened? Well, at this wedding "2 Girls and a Camera Photography" was a one-woman operation. The videographer tells the I-Team he was asked to come back and shoot stills because the wedding photographer's camera broke mid-wedding.

Massa Hoff says the sheriff's department hasn't been able to serve Marcia Hooper. So, she can't get her day in court or her money back. And, until the bride can talk to Ms. Hooper with "2 Girls and a Camera Photography," she'll have to be satisfied with memories.

"(Dana Fowle: How about give me a conversation? Would that help?) Yeah, that would help. That would help," says a frustrated newlywed.

The I-Team has tried to talk to Marcia Hooper, but she declined to comment. Massa Hoff plans to continue to pursue her civil suit and to cherish the handful of pictures she was able to buy the videographer.

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