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Update: Long shot pays off; couple gets wedding photos after photographer’s car, camera stolen

Updated: Jun. 1, 2021 at 3:58 PM CDT
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - Update: A long shot paid off for a newlywed couple who offered a reward for their wedding photos after someone stole the photographer’s car and the camera inside of it that was used at their wedding.

In a Tuesday night update, Mayers said he and his wife’s wedding photos had been successfully recovered.

“It means the world. Like, it’s a miracle. It’s like winning the lottery. It was a needle in a haystack. We thought they were lost forever,” said newlywed Zachary Mayers.

The couple says they are happy to have their wedding photos but are also hopeful that the photographer will soon be able to reclaim what was stolen from him.

A newlywed couple is offering a reward after a thief stole their wedding photographer’s car and with it, the camera that captured hundreds of photos from the couple’s special day.

“More in disbelief than anything,” said newlywed Zachary Mayers.

Zachary Mayers said the wedding photographer’s blue 2018 Ford Fusion was stolen in Wichita on May 19. In that vehicle was the camera with which the photographer took photos of Zachary and his wife, Ava’s May 15 wedding.

It was a ceremony the Mayers had long been waiting for after postponing their wedding last September during the pandemic.

“We’d been worried about it since we started planning it. Nothing was really going right but the day came and it was pretty perfect,” said Zachary.

Zachary and Ava lost about 500 photos from their wedding. They have a few others that family and friends took, but they were looking forward to seeing the professional shots.

Zachary said, “We did a first look before the wedding, so those pictures, only the photographer had that.”

While admitting it’s “a long shot,” Zachary reached out on Facebook groups like Wichita Buy/Sell/Trade, hoping to track down the stolen photos.

“Photographer, he has already filed out a police report and everything for the car and camera and everything. I started getting on all the buy, sell and trade groups on Facebook,” said Zachary.

“We are willing to pay a reward of $500 for the return of the photos – NO QUESTIONS ASKED,” Zachary wrote. “You can mail them or we can meet up. WE JUST WANT OUR WEDDING PHOTOS! REWARD FOR RETURN OF SD CARD WITH PHOTOS INTACT!”

Zachary said people can reach him on Facebook with information.

THE PHOTOS AND SD CARD HAVE BEEN TURNED IN. THANK YOU TO EVERYONE This is a long shot, but our wedding photographer's...

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