Seattle newlyweds pleading for return of wedding photos

by: Siemny Kim Updated:


SEATTLE - Seattle newlyweds are pleading for the return of their wedding photos -- taken when thieves broke into their photographer's car.

“They're invaluable to us and for someone else, they're just nothing,” Jessie Green said. “It's heartbreaking.”

Jessie and Liana Green have been on cloud nine since tying the knot on October 3rd.

“It was perfect,” Liana Green said.

Like many other newlyweds, they anxiously waited for their photographer, David Oh, to finish editing their pictures.

Oh shared just a sample of photos with them immediately after the wedding.

“I'm such a girl. I've been looking at the photos, the preview photos. I look at them every day,” Liana said. “I’ve been super anxious. Oh my gosh. He said two weeks.”

Oh had just finished editing the photos the night before and he saved them on his laptop.

Then, the unthinkable happened.

Thieves smashed the rear window of Oh’s SUV in broad daylight Tuesday afternoon while he was parked on 13th and Barclay near Seattle University.

They took his laptop and back up external hard drives.

Oh lost a lot of his work but it's the stolen wedding pictures that bother him the most.

“I just feel like I let them down,” Oh said. “It's not about me. It's really about them.”

“It's a gut punch,” Jessie said.

Liana is from Victoria, Canada. Jessie is from Arkansas.

They were hoping to share their pictures with a lot of family and friends who couldn't witness the beginning of their new lives together.

“That's what was keeping me awake last night,” Jessie explained. “Our future family, things like that. Can’t put a price on that.”

All three are devastated, but they're not just sitting around.

”Immediately, I go into ‘let’s fix it mode,’” Jessie added.

They're searching sites like Craigslist, eBay and calling pawnshops to see if anyone is trying to sell a 15-inch MacBook Pro.

Meanwhile, Liana and Jessie are trying to stay positive. They're grateful for the few photos they do have and, of course, their memories - which have become more of a blur as the days go on.

“Now we're just sad we don’t have the photos to relive that,” Liana said.

Liana and Jessie say they want the pictures back, no questions asked.

They say they hope the thieves will empathize with them and turn a selfish act into a selfless one.