This dude is complete idiot douchebag and has no business being a part of anyone's wedding ~ a moment that is something so special in a person's life needs not a jackass like this to be present, let alone making money documenting it. I'm so glad you responded to his ridiculous email and I totally hope he reads every word on this thread.
Every bride is beautiful on their wedding day, whether it be her aesthetic qualities that shine through or simply the pure happiness that radiates from her ~ there is something so wonderfully stunning about a woman on her special day. Anyone who has ever been around a bride will notice it in her smile, the twinkle in her eyes, or simply the way she holds her husband's hand. A good photographer is not only one who captures the special moments, but one who can draw out that special beauty in a woman whether she be a plain jane or a rockstar diva. A good photographer need not search for that beauty, he/she will simply capture it.
In my opinion, I think any vendor associated with a wedding should feel privileged to be a part of one of the most important days in a person's life. For someone to have the audacity to question one's appearance or budget before he/she partakes in that privilege is so unprofessional and rather mind-boggling.
Steph kudos to you girl
I'm glad you brought this dude to light -- the relationship between a couple and their photographer is so important. Fortunately now, lots of brides/grooms will be put on notice as to what kind of person they're dealing with when it comes to this dumbass!