I've tried to keep most, if not all of the wedding planning stuff out of my blog. I don't think I've mentioned it more than once or twice just in passing. I know that most people don't care about going to look at different DJs or reception halls. I don't blame you. If it wasn't my wedding, I wouldn't care to hear about it either.
But something happened last night that I have to share with you readers. The fiancee and I went to check out a photographer. Seemed simple enough. My mother got the name from someone she works with who said this guy was good and his prices were pretty good too. So we made an appointment for 8pm.
We were good and showed up at 7:30pm figuring we could get everything started a little early. The guy was right in my town so luckily we didn't have to travel far. So we went in to the place and the owner wasn't there yet. But his associate was. And boy was this guy a nut.
He tried to do something as simple as show us a video on a laptop computer. Well he couldn't get the computer to work, mostly because he tried to open the video 4 different times without giving the computer a chance to actually play it. So it got bogged down and I had to help him out to get it working. That took a good 10 minutes. Meanwhile while all that was going on he was talking about how women don't cook anymore because they all work so he was telling me and the fiancee that we should learn how to use a microwave. Mind you, the fiancee is italian and a great cook and we both actually enjoy cooking. But even when we told him this, I believe his exact words were "yeah well, she might cook for the first year but after that you should probably just forget it". So we watched the stupid movie which was just a whole bunch of photographs set to some music.
Then the owner walks in. Sits down and starts talking to us. The guy was unbelievable. Its like a rule that wedding photographers have to be completely goofy with a stupid sense of humor and unprofessional. I wasn't in the mood for it last night.
So the guy finds out that I'm half Italian and that the fiancee is completely Italian so the proceeds to refer to our wedding as a "guinea wedding". I swear, he said it at least 3 times. I was waiting for the fiancee to haul off and hit him. On top of that, he kept saying these stereotypically Italian things in a stupid Godfather-like voice. It was just beyond insulting. On top of that, he kept making a stupid buzzing noise with his mouth that got on my nerves after about 30 seconds.
He also kept trying to convince us that we should see each other before the wedding ceremony on the day of the wedding. Generally its considered bad luck for the groom to see the bride in her dress before the wedding. Yet he kept pushing the issue, telling us that it would allow more time for better pictures. Even after I said "look, you keep bringing it up, and its a good arguement, but its just not going to happen", he kept bringing it up. He even joked around about the fiancee getting annoyed at him for continually bringing it up. Finally she said "I don't want to mislead you at all into thinking that we might consider it. Its absolutely not going to happen so just drop it". That apparently was clear enough for him to understand.
By the way, the name of the place is Allan Reider Photography. If you want to be insulted or hear someone use the ethnic slur "guinea" as if it was commonplace, you should stop by. Needless to say, we aren't going to be using him. I'm not real sensitive about words or anything like that, but when you are in a business that depends on you working with clients, I feel its important to be as professional as possible. This guy was anything but.
Oh yeah, he also kept calling "photography" pornography thinking that it was funny. At one point he got a phonecall from an employee and he answered it on speaker and goes "Hey John, I'm with some clients right now. they're putting their clothes back on, can I call you back". What the fuck???