MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) — A Grafton woman is one of dozens of people she says paid a wedding photographer thousands of dollars for photos they will never get.
The women, spread across several states, have now joined forces to warn others not to become victims too.
The group says at least 26 women are now trying to get their money back from Erin Lundy, but they’re not confident it will happen.
Many never got her photos and fear they’re gone forever, others say she didn’t even show up at her wedding.
And one of the women said she found out the day after their wedding that Lundy wasn’t there because she was in jail.
Rachel Straubhaar lives near Madison. They married on Saturday September 17th. She said, “We didn’t have a wedding photographer on our supposedly most important day.”
Rachel and her now-husband paid photographer Erin Lundy $3,000 to photograph their ceremony and reception, but she never showed up.
Straubhaar recalled, “It’s almost noon on our wedding day, and we get a message from a random person saying she had emergency surgery and couldn’t come.”
So there was no photographer, and there was no surgery either. Straubhaar said: “Then the next day she found out that it wasn’t an operation, she was actually arrested.”
Rachel is one of more than two dozen women who say Lundy cheated on her.
But they can’t get in touch with her because she’s currently in the Dane County Jail on something unrelated to her photography: 17 counts — 13 of them felonies — for stealing more than $32,000 from a former Employer.
Jules Kranich says she was cheated on by Lundy, saying: “I want to remember the days. I want to go back. It’s just sad.”
Jules knows she may never get her money back, but she hopes she gets the memories. “I do not know what to do. I feel terrible, my heart is broken, everyone else’s too. We just want our photos.”
At least Lundy showed up at Jules’ wedding and took pictures and they could still be saved somewhere.
Lundy’s website advertises three packages ranging from $1,800 to $3,900.
Kranich said, “You know, it’s going to cost a few thousand dollars to get really good pictures.
But so far that money has only brought Jules a single photo of her with a sunflower, nothing else. Family members snapped some photos with their cellphones.
Jules and the group of women are now trying to reach someone they may have missed, like Lexi Retz of Cedar Falls, Iowa.
Lexi said upon hearing from the group, “They basically said, ‘This is what happens. Erin is not who she says she is.’”
It all fell apart shortly after Lexi paid Lundy a $1,000 advance. She said, “I’m so grateful I won’t be getting married next week and she won’t be showing up to my wedding.”
But Lundy is set to film several women’s weddings in the group in the coming weeks, and they don’t know what will happen.
Lexi said, “I feel terrible for the women who are going through this.”
The women work together and support each other, searching for clues and exchanging legal advice. But they know they may not get back what they want most.
And it’s hard to answer when people ask if their wedding was the happiest day of their lives.
Rachel said, “It’s hard to say, ‘Well, actually, our photographer ruined our day because she wasn’t there.’
Calls to Erin Lundy’s camera shop went unanswered.
As previously noted, Dane County Jail records indicate that she is in custody at this time. Calls to the prison to reach Lundy were also unanswered.