MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) — A Grafton woman is one of dozens of people she says paid a wedding photographer thousands of dollars for photos they’ll never get.
The women are spread across several states and have now banded together to warn others so they are not victimized as well.
The group says there are now at least 26 women trying to get their money back from Erin Lundy, but they are unconvinced that will happen.
Many never received their photos and fear they are gone forever, others say she didn’t even show up at their wedding.
And one of the women said she found out the day after her wedding that Lundy wasn’t there because she was in jail.
Rachel Straubhaar lives near Madison. She got married on Saturday September 17. She said, “We didn’t have a wedding photographer on what is supposed to be our most important day.”
Rachel and her husband paid photographer Erin Lundy $3,000 to film 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 needs to have emergency surgery and can’t come.”
So there was no photographer, and there was no surgery either. Straubhaar said: “Then I found out the next day that it wasn’t surgery, she was actually arrested.”
Rachel is one of more than two dozen women who say Lundy scammed them.
But they can’t get in touch with her because she’s currently being held in Dane County Jail for something unrelated to her photograph: 17 counts, including 13 felonies, of stealing more than $32,000 to a former employer.
Jules Kranich says she got ripped off 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 back. “I don’t know what to do. I feel bad, my heart is broken, just like everyone else. We just want our pictures.”
Lundy at least showed up at Jules’ wedding and took some pictures, and they might 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 shots. And I thought I did all the research.”
But so far, this money has allowed Jules only one photo of herself with a sunflower, nothing else. The family members took some pictures with their phones.
Jules and the group of women are now trying to reach anyone they may have missed, like Lexi Retz from Cedar Falls, Iowa.
Lexi said when she heard the band, “They were basically like, ‘This is what’s happening. Erin isn’t who she claims to be.'”
Shortly after Lexi paid Lundy a $1,000 retainer, it all fell apart. She said, “I’m so thankful I’m not getting married next week, and she won’t be showing up at my wedding.”
But Lundy has to film several weddings for the women in the group in the coming weeks, and they don’t know what’s going to happen.
Lexi said, “I feel bad for the women who have to go through this.”
The women work together and support each other, seeking leads and sharing legal advice. But they know they might not get what they want most.
And it’s hard to answer when people ask if their wedding was the best day of their lives.
Rachel said, “It’s hard to think, ‘Well, actually our photographer ruined our day because she wasn’t there.’
Calls to Erin Lundy’s photography business went unanswered.
As mentioned, Dane County Jail records currently list her in custody. Calls to the jail to reach Lundy were also not returned.