If it wasn't for the photo booth at their wedding, Justin and Erin Voss would have few pictures of their big day because a crook made off with their photographer's purse and took their photos in the process.
"There were tears shed. Yes, there were tears shed," Erin Voss confirmed.
After nearly two years of planning, these college students say their wedded bliss was interrupted earlier this week when they got a call from their photographer, Holly Peterson. While at The Lodge in Robbinsdale on Jan. 31 to celebrate her mom's 50th birthday, Peterson's purse was stolen. The SD card containing nearly all of the pictures she had taken to document the Voss wedding was inside her purse at the time.
"I just want everyone to know -- if they have my wallet, they can keep everything. If they found my wallet, they can keep it," Peterson said. "I just want the little white SD card that's inside of it."
Both Erin and Justin Voss are teachers in Forest Lake and don't blame Peterson. As a young photojournalism major from the University of Minnesota, the couple was impressed with Peterson's work from the start.
"I just figure people didn't know what they were taking," Erin Voss said. "Hopefully, they'll realize that's all we have of our wedding. It's a purse. They can have the purse!"
With dozens of weddings already in her portfolio, Peterson says this experience has been her biggest learning lesson to date.
"It is a bummer. I really wish I would have had it in my computer instead of my wallet," Peterson admitted. "My advice is keep them near to you and don't bring them out with you."
Now, it's a team effort. The Voss couple is turning to Facebook, Craigslist, and making flyers in the hopes that somehow, the white, 36GB SD card will turn up.
"We don't want to prosecute anybody. We don't care who they are either. We just want to see that card," Erin Voss insisted.
In the interim, the newlyweds are comforted by the fact that this is the only hitch they've had in getting hitched.
"In the end, we have the day," Justin Voss said. "It was great. We all enjoyed it, and everybody knows that."
As for anyone else who may be planning a wedding, a professional planner told Fox 9 News it's always important to ask the photographer how quickly the pictures of those priceless memories will be backed up.