It usually takes a couple of weeks for newlyweds to get their wedding photos, but a couple had to wait 46 years before seeing theirs.
Joanne Markham (63) and Adrian Hutson (66) were married in Louth, Lincolnshire (Great Britain) in 1975. 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 for reprint. However, the couple never heard from Nihell.
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They told the news agency that they forgot the photos until last week when the photographer’s nephew, Will Stevenson, tracked them down and returned the photos in an album.
Joanne Markham and Adrian Hutson leaf through their wedding album 46 years after their marriage. The couple never received their wedding photos until recently.
Nihell died of pneumonia last February at the age of 75, according to the SWNS. Earlier this month, Stevenson went 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 hadn’t been touched since the day they were added to the album. They were flawless and looked like brand new photos with so much color. The box was a little grubby and full of dust and dead Spinning so I wasn’t expecting much. “
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Stevenson said he asked his relatives if they recognized the couple. When nobody did, he decided to reach out to Facebook for help.
The missing photo album was found earlier this month by photographer John Nihell’s nephew, Will Stevenson.
“I thought I’d better find out who they are because they could be whoever they are,” said Stevenson. “The only clue was their first name on the back of the album and the church they were married in.”
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Stevenson posted photos from the album on local Facebook groups and friends of Markham and Hutson said they recognized the couple. Stevenson then extended his hand directly to Markham.
Although Markham and Hutson were divorced, they did not remarry and remained friends. They told SWNS they were thrilled to see their wedding photos again.
Adrian Hutson and Joanne Markham are pictured on their wedding day, June 28, 1975.
(Courtesy of SWNS)
“Receiving the photos after all this time was a nice surprise, especially after all the downfall and darkness of last year,” Markham told SWNS. “It was a bit of a shock to see the photos because I never thought I’d see them again.”
“It’s hard to imagine why we never got the photos back, it’s been so long,” added Markham. “In the back of my mind, I sometimes wondered what became of them.”
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Markham said her only daughter with Hutson, Toni, was particularly excited to see the album and show it to their two daughters.
Although Markham and Hutson are now divorced, they said they were thrilled to receive their wedding photos after all these years.
“The excitement of looking through the photos of my mom, dad and family members looking so young, the vintage clothing and an important piece of my family history to be able to share with my two daughters is truly a miracle,” Toni told SWNS.
“Memories are always important and I’m sure we can keep the album safe, now it’s back with us,” she added. “It is nice that the possibilities of social media can be used so positively that I would also like to say a big thank you to Will for starting the search.”