Usually it takes a couple of weeks for the newlyweds to get their wedding photos, but a couple had to wait 46 years to see theirs.
Joanne Markham, 63, and Adrian Hutson, 66, were married in 1975 in Louth, Lincolnshire, UK and although they saw their wedding photos once after the ceremony, they only saw them again last week.
According to SWNS, the couple returned the photos to photographer John Nihell so he could make reprints. However, the couple never heard back from Nihell.
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They told the news agency they forgot about the photos until last week, when the photographer’s nephew, Will Stevenson, tracked them down and sent them back in a scrapbook.
According to SWNS, Nihell died last February of pneumonia at the age of 75. Earlier this month, Stevenson was passing through some of his uncle’s boxes when he found Hutson and Markham’s wedding album.
“It was amazing,” Stevenson told SWNS. “They looked like they had never been touched since the day they were put in the album. They were immaculate and looked like brand new photos with so much color. The box was a bit shabby and covered in dust and dead spiders, so I wasn’t expecting much. “
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Stevenson said he asked his relatives if they recognized the couple. When no one did, he decided to turn to Facebook for help.
“I thought I’d better find out who they were because they might be someone’s lost treasure, that’s what they were,” Stevenson said. “The only clue was their first names on the back of the album and the church they were married to.”
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Stevenson posted photos from the album to local Facebook groups and friends of Markham and Hutson said they recognized the couple. Stevenson then contacted Markham directly.
Although Markham and Hutson were divorced, they did not remarry and remained friends. They told SWNS that they were excited to see their wedding photos again.
“Receiving the photos after all this time was a nice surprise, especially after all the disaster and gloom of the past year,” Markham told SWNS. “It was a bit of a shock to see the photos because I never thought I would see them again.”
“It’s hard to think why we never got the photos back, that’s so long ago,” Markham added. “Deep down, I sometimes wondered what had become of them.
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Markham said his only daughter with Hutson, Toni, was especially excited to see the album and show it to his two daughters.
“The excitement of looking at pictures of my mom, dad and family members looking so young, vintage clothes, and being able to share an important piece of my family history with my two daughters is really a miracle, ”Toni told SWNS.
“Memories are always important and I’m sure we can keep the album safe now that it’s back with us,” she added. “It’s nice that the powers of social media can be used in such a positive way, so I would also say a big thank you to Will for kicking off the research.”