A newly-married couple have launched an online plea in a bid to recover their wedding pictures. The pair were left distraught after their wedding photographer was mugged shortly after the big day, with thieves taking the camera that still had the only copy of their wedding pictures inside.
Jade Metherell, 30, and her fiancé Eddie Simpson, 36, got married in a rustic ceremony in the UK, with family flying in from as far as the Far East and Canada.
However, their wedding celebrations were cut short following the devastating news that their photographer and close family friend Hugh Lloyd was mugged upon flying to Rome shortly after the ceremony.
The couple have a few nice images from the day taken by friends, including one cutting the cake, but clearly it pales in comparison to that of the entire collection by a professional photographer.
Photographer Lloyd took to Facebook to ask guests of the wedding to send through any images they had, so that he could assemble an album from any pictures captured. Writing in a status, he said “Today the worst thing ever to happen to a photographer happened to me. At Rome Ciampino airport I had all my cameras and lenses stolen. In my camera bag were all the memory cards for the cameras and on two of them were all the pictures from a friends wedding I shot last week.” To make matters worse, the groom’s mother was unable to attend the day.
Bride Metherell added:
We were devastated that someone could be so heartless to steal a camera. He got tricked by a passerby asking for directions and then another person came by and took the camera bag while he was distracted.
Hugh has quite a dry sense of humor so when he did ring to say what had happened I wasn't sure whether he was joking around. I didn't think something like this would happen to any bride post wedding so it was very much of a shock.
The couple are now hoping their message is read by someone in Italy, and remain optimistic the photos may be recovered once the thieves realize what the memory cards hold.
Inset images used with permission.