A woman was walking down the beach when an interesting object caught her eye … when she reached to check it out, she found that it was a camera. Unsure of whether it was still in working condition, she took it to her brother. When the true owners found what he had done for them, they were absolutely delighted.
Heather and Kole Powell’s wedding was held in Laguna Beach, California, during a stormy weekend. After the ceremony started, one of their relatives who was responsible for taking the photos put her camera on the beach.
The joy quickly turned to sadness when a high ocean wave suddenly surged on the shore and swept the camera and a purse that contained the couple’s cellphones straight into the sea.
The bride and the groom ran into the knee-deep water to look for the camera, which contained hundreds of images, but to no avail.
“Kole’s mom looked over and saw that everything was gone,” Heather Powell, 21, told ABC News. “We were pretty shocked.”
The high school sweethearts felt very low at that time: “It was a sour mood kind of but we didn’t want it to ruin the entire day,” the bride said. “We tried to look at it as a positive, just another rough patch to get through and a sign that everything will be OK.”
They were thankful that they at least preserved some memories through those photos that were captured by a professional photographer.
However, three months after the incident, Heather received a call from the photographer, who was tagged on the Facebook post that contained the lost images, telling her that the camera had been found.
“I just was so shocked,” Heather said. “I ran over to my husband and said, ‘Oh my gosh, someone found our camera.’”
The couple quickly contacted Nick Reed, who posted the photos before making some effort to remove the memory card from the camera, which was washed to the shore about two months after the wedding and had been retrieved by Nick’s sister, Maria Reed.
Nick then sent the camera and memory card back to the Powells. He had managed to salvage all 500 photos on the camera, including about 200 from the couple’s wedding and other photos before and after the event.
“We tried to convince him to let us pay the shipping and he wouldn’t,” Heather said.
“We told [Nick and Maria] that if we make it out to California again we’re going to buy them dinner and meet them to thank them.”
“Both my husband and I are just blown away by their kindness. There aren’t enough words.”