Couple Finds Lost Wedding Photos After Earthquake
Good news amid the wreckage
Eighteen months after an earthquake destroyed their home, two newlyweds from New Zealand have uncovered some good news.
On Feb. 20, 2011, Fen Jeremias and Martin Burley tied the knot. They then left for a honeymoon. Upon their return to their neighborhood of Ferrymead in Christchurch, New Zealand, they found their home damaged by a massive 6.3-magnitude earthquake. In his rush to flee the danger zone, Burley dropped the digital camera which contained pictures of the most important day of their lives.
"We didn't actually notice we lost the camera at the time," Burley said. The last six months of photos were included on the camera, including the couple's wedding and their two-day honeymoon at Governors Bay.
Just last week, the couple returned to the remains of their home and began examining the destruction. Then, they noticed something — it seemed to stand out amid the mud and debris. Burley told New Zealand's Stuff:
"You could just see the outline and I thought, 'What is that?' Then I looked closer and it was the camera."
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While the body of the camera was destroyed, the memory card was salvageable. They plugged the card into his computer, and after a couple of tries, the 2.5 gigabytes of photos opened for them.
Burley believes the recent bad weather likely "churned the driveway up," making the camera visible atop the gravel.
"I really didn't expect to find it there at all. Everyone's pretty amazed."
Photo: Courtesy of Martin Burley
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