I have contacted the photographers to get copies and I'm crazy surprised that I am getting rude responses or push-back. I have even sent over my signed model releases and I'm getting less then enthusiastic responses about allowing me to use their photos. I've even offered to pay the print price for the high-rez digital image (I don't expect anything for free - although since they ate my cake at the reception I feel it's the least they can do, but whatever) and I'm getting luke warm responses.
Can someone play devil's advocate here? If I have permission from the wedding couple to use any images of the cake the photographer takes, I'm telling the photographer I will give them full photo credit if I use it in my portfolio or any publication, AND I even offer to compensate them for the image, why on earth would they NOT want to give it to me? I don't see any downside for them at all, but there must be something I'm missing?