LORAIN COUNTY, Ohio– A heartbreaking case of he said, she said after a heartwarming story seen by millions of people around the world.
Pictures taken in late September by LaGrange photographer Delia D. Blackburn went viral and were viewed well over 70-million times and appeared in news reports in dozens of countries including Australia, the UK and Mexico.
The images captured a touching moment at the wedding of Brittany and Jeremy Peck.
Just before the wedding was to start, the bride’s father stopped everything to go get her stepdad. Both men then walked her down the aisle.
“It was a great moment,” said Delia Blackburn, “I, myself, was teary over it.”
But now the photographer is tearful for a very different reason; stress, she said, is being caused by events that have transpired since all of the media attention.
She said the bride’s father threatened to sue her for making money off the photos, a claim she flatly denies, and she said family members and friends of Peck have been slamming her on social media sites.
One person wrote in part, “Throw her a bullet. Then say the next one will be coming faster.”
When Fox 8 sat down with Blackburn she broke down in tears and said, “They’re trying to ruin me.”
But the new bride– Brittany Peck– denies any ill will toward Blackburn, and said she doesn’t even know the person who wrote the perceived threat. Peck’s mother deleted the comment and posted an apology.
Peck also said questions were raised over a Facebook post where Blackburn mentioned possibly printing posters, something the family is staunchly against.
However, Peck said there has been stress building within her family over the pictures. The contract scheduled two weeks for them to be completed, but it’s now been about seven.
“We don’t want anything out of this,” said Peck, ”Hand us our pictures and we’ll go our separate ways.”
Blackburn said two weeks has never been a problem in the past but the overwhelming attention from around the world with calls coming in at all hours of the day and night has delayed her work.
Both sides have now obtained counsel and a date has been set for the photos to be completed and delivered to the family.
Blackburn said she hopes the “slanderous and untrue character attacks” on social media sites will stop so that no further legal action is necessary.
While Peck said she doesn’t think there will be lawsuits and she is still grateful for the pictures which immortalized one of the most special moments of her life.
“I love my pictures,” said the newlywed, “I couldn’t imagine having anyone else take them; honestly I couldn’t.”