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Wedding Album Lost in Fire. Photographer Saves the Day

Remakes album for couple who lost everything in the Camp Fire
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 18, 2019 1:09 PM CDT

(Newser) – Marc and Mary Taylor lost everything in northern California's devastating Camp Fire last year—including their wedding album. Though it's been almost two decades since their Aug. 14, 1999, wedding, and the couple hadn't seen their photographers since, Mary Taylor found them and asked if they might be able to track down the wedding photos. "They came back to me and said, 'We dug immediately, and we found them. We have them,'" Mary tells KCRA. "And I told Marc, I said, 'Oh my God, they have them.' And so we both started crying." Photographer Richard Briggs tells the station he still had the negatives, and he decided to remake the couple's wedding album at no charge to them.

"Luckily, they were intact," Briggs says of the negatives. "They were a little faded. I bought a scanner and scanned them all. And my wife, she’s excellent in editing, and she brought back the color and the life into the photos, and from those images, I was able to make an album." He also gave the original negatives to the Taylors, who lost all their other photos in the fire as well. "It’s the only photos that we have from the past. So, it meant a lot," says Mary. The photos are especially meaningful because they include people who have died in the years since the wedding, Newsweek reports: "My mom, who died six days before Christmas ... to see her pictures in there, her photos, it's just ... it's a piece of mom," says Marc. (Read more uplifting news stories.)

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