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Couple Finds Lost Wedding Photos After Earthquake

Good news amid the wreckage

By Kristin Wong Oct 24, 2012 3:56PM

Eighteen months after an earthquake destroyed their home, two newlyweds from New Zealand have uncovered some good news.

Photo; Courtesy of Martin BurleyOn 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.

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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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Oct 25, 2012 8:18PM
 The average marriage lasts slightly less than the average time served for murder. 7 years for marriage - Eight for murder.   You didn't like my comment about the story being trivial, well I don't care.  Save this story to tell your children? Just don't save it too long because most kids hate their parents and don't want to hear their sappy stories especially after the divorce. Ask your mother where her wedding photos are, and she'll probably tell you she cut your dad out of them years ago but saved the good ones of herself.  Or maybe she'll get out her box of photos and sort through the wedding photos and try to separate the first wedding from the second,  third, and fourth. 
Oct 25, 2012 2:24PM

this is news?

I found my socks  print that

Oct 25, 2012 1:46PM
must have been a real slob of a housekeeper !
Oct 25, 2012 1:31PM
What brand of memory stick was it?
Oct 25, 2012 1:04PM

They must have prayed to "Saint Anthony".

It is a very heartwarming story to be reunited with memories captured on film.

Good luck to you in your lives together

Oct 25, 2012 11:14AM

Great news, for a change! Congratulations!!!

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