S.C. judge sides with couple over missing DVD

A magistrate judge has ruled in favor of a Charlotte couple who got married almost a year ago and didn't get the wedding DVD they purchased.

York County, S.C., Judge Cliff Berinsky on Tuesday ordered videographer Howard Adkins Jr. to pay Ben and Kathleen Aliff the $1,000 they paid for his services plus $80 in court costs, a court clerk said Wednesday.

The Observer first reported on the dispute in August in an article giving tips on how to choose wedding vendors.

The Aliffs were married last November in Fort Mill, S.C., in a laid-back celebration with 200 guests and a cocktail hour set to fiddle music. The couple hired Adkins, who runs Hi-Defining Moments in Rock Hill, to document the event.

According to the videographer's contract, wedding DVDs take four to eight weeks to complete. The Aliffs became concerned when they hadn't received the DVD a few months after the wedding.

They decided to file a lawsuit in August.

Adkins declined to comment Wednesday on the judgment. Late this summer, he told the Observer he'd simply gotten behind and that he had a few other wedding DVDs to finish ahead of the Aliffs'.

The case has garnered interest outside Charlotte. Representatives from the “Judge Joe Brown” and “Cristina's Court” television shows contacted the Aliffs, asking if they would appear on their programs, they said. They declined.