There is good news for a Staten Island couple who feared they might never see their wedding video; despite several problems with the company they hired, the newlyweds are finally getting a chance to see the footage from their special day. NY1's Anthony Pascale filed the following report.
They are the words Michelle and Nick Secchini have been waiting to hear.
"Your long journey of not seeing your wedding video has come to an end," said Dennis Goldberg of Acme Video Productions in New Jersey.
The company they paid to shoot and edit their wedding video stopped returning phone calls and failed to produce their video, but they have finally received video footage of the day.
"Here it is," Goldberg said. "Touch it. Feel it. It's real. We got it!"
Goldberg said VIP Video Illusion hired him to shoot the Secchini wedding. He said after numerous canceled meetings with the company's owner, he never received full payment, so he kept the video.
However, after seeing our story about the situation, Goldberg said he couldn't hold on to it any longer.
"It doesn't do me any good, but I see it does you a lot of good," he said.
For the Secchinis, it was an emotional moment, finally getting to watch all of their wedding day events.
"I just can't believe that I actually, we actually have it, and I get to see how his morning went and he gets to see how my morning went," Michelle Secchini said.
While the Secchinis are grateful to have their raw video, they're still upset for several other couples who told NY1 that they, too, hired VIP and haven't gotten theirs.
Goldberg said while he was hired by VIP in the past for other events, he had always been paid for his work and therefore doesn't have anyone else's footage.
NY1 reached out to VIP Video Illusion owner Tommy Falcone by phone. He told NY1 that he has already started making good on his outstanding contracts, and will continue to finish all of the work he said he got behind on, including editing the Secchinis' video.
"We were always honoring our stuff," Falcone said. "It just took a little extra long, and at this point, we just want to get our stuff back so that way, our name isn't worse that what it is."
Meanwhile, the Secchinis said they'll treasure their video after first fearing it was gone forever.
"By you guys helping us, it got recognition," Michelle Secchini said.