SANTA MARIA, Calif.- It's a bride's worst nightmare, precious wedding memories stolen. One Santa Maria bride tells Central Coast News that's what happened to her, until she took matters into her hands.
The first kiss as husband and wife and one of the many moment's Melinda Hale says she couldn't wait to relive forever through her wedding video.
"Everything was lost. It's all the speeches, the bad dancing, the vows," said newly bride and Santa Maria resident, Melinda Hale.
This past Sunday, Melinda's videographer, Nik Koyama, was on his way to deliver the video, when Nik's car got broken into in Old Orcutt. His MacBook Pro and hard drive with Melinda's wedding footage was gone.
"I felt devastated. This footage is absolutely irreplaceable and second to the birth of a child, this is the most monumental special event in someone's life," explained Hale.
Taking a chance, Melinda and Nik posted dozens of signs around Orcutt and on social media, offering a $500 dollar reward to anyone who had the hard drive.
"Immediately I was thinking I've got to try and recover something," said Hale.
On Monday evening, their prayer was answered.
"I get a private call so I answer it and it's a girl telling me she found my hard drive and she bought it. We met this morning and we made the exchange," said videographer, Nik Koyama.
Melinda says although she had to cough up an additional $500 dollars just to get back the footage, she couldn't be happier to have her special day back.
"I'm relived to see it in front of my eyes," she said.
Although the hard drive has been returned with the wedding footage, Nik tells Central Coast News he has yet to get back his laptop.
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