Your wedding is something that you plan and plan and plan, and you’re certainly going to want to remember it forever! With all the frills you need to incorporate: your wedding dress, flowers, and a cake to name a few, those memories come at a pretty high cost. Let’s face it: even if you and your beau decide to elope, it still takes time and money to start a life together.
But what if those costs meant you’d have to wait 27 years to get your wedding pictures?
Believe it or not, Karen Cline and her husband, Mark, have had no photographs of their wedding that took place 27 years ago until just last week. Cline was busy working at a diner in Mansfield, Ohio, when Jim Wagner, the couple’s wedding photographer, now 80, surprised her with a wedding album.
Wagner said he’d been cleaning when he found the album. After running into Cline’s stepfather, he was able to track down the bride and give her the ultimate anniversary gift.
Talk about making the effort out of the goodness of your heart! Wagner said he “just thought [Cline] might like to have [the album].” He certainly didn’t expect anything in return.
When Cline saw the album, she “just stood there and cried and cried and hugged [Wagner].” Cline said that when she and her husband were married as teenagers they were devastated because they couldn’t afford to pay Wagner the $150 they owed. Instead they had to settle for one picture that a guest had taken as the bride walked down the aisle.
When Wagner finally caught up with Cline, though, she insisted on writing him a check on the spot! Clearly the couple has come a long way from their meager beginnings.
The couple celebrated their 27th wedding anniversary this past Thursday and I’m sure it was a special event, considering that one priceless gift.