It's the stuff of brides' nightmares.
A newlywed couple from the North Shore is desperately hoping someone can help them find the stolen laptop that contains the only copies of their wedding photos.
Caitlin Henderson and Jim Beland were married in Lillooet on July 12. While their wedding photographer Jourdan Tymkow was shooting another wedding in Burnaby Sunday night, her car window was smashed and the thief made off with her backpack, which contained her computer and the thousands of photos stored on it.
"I literally just found out about this last night," said a tearful Henderson. "I have no interest in going forward with legal action. I don't have any hard feelings. I'm not angry. My husband isn't angry. We just really want to see our photos and start our marriage off on the right foot."
Both Henderson and Tymkow are offering a $500 reward for the laptop. Henderson and Beland returned to the scene of the crime late Monday night in hopes of finding anything that may help. They came back again on Tuesday with a large poster advertising what happened as well as the reward.
Henderson is hoping good-willed strangers will help spread her story in a social media blitz on the off
chance someone recognizes the photos or comes across the laptop.
The thief will get very little for the computer, which is now several years old, Tymkow said.
"It's worth nothing but the wedding photos were on there, which are priceless," Tymkow said.
Police have told her they are limited in what they can do.
"I spoke with Burnaby RCMP. They took a file down but basically, because my computer is so old, there's no serial number to track it so the only way I can find it is by putting the word out and checking Craigslist constantly." Tymkow said she normally backs up wedding photos but in this case, she had just come from a wedding held at a campground and the laptop was her back up.
While the stress of losing the photos has been traumatic, Henderson still reflects positively on her special day and Tymkow.
"She's the nicest person ever. She basically offered to do our wedding out of the kindness of her heart," she said. "(The wedding) was amazing. I wouldn't change anything. It's still the happiest day of our lives. It's still great. It's not going to ruin that for us but having our photos put our memories into a physical, visible context," she said.
Anyone with information about the theft or laptop can contact Henderson at 604-290-1430, Tymkow at 778-251-8445 or Burnaby RCMP at 604-294-7922.