This past Monday, Amy Plotkin and Laura Parsons wed in a small ceremony at Miami Beach City Hall. The two met about four years ago through a women's bike racing team. Plotkin was an MD/PhD student at the University of Miami, and Parsons was manager at a research lab at the University of Miami's marine school.
"We're both science people and into bike racing, and we just really hit it off," Plotkin says.
Plotkin picked out a white dress, and Parsons put together a black-and-white ensemble, and this past Monday, they got hitched in South Beach as their friend snapped hundreds of photos at the ceremony and later on the beach.
It was supposed to be the happiest day of their lives, but now it's one they will have to relive mostly through memories. That's because on the way home that night, the photographer believes his Nikon D5100 camera was stolen from his camera bag inside an UberPool as he headed back home.
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The photographer called his Uber driver, who checked the car to no avail. He said the company wouldn't give him the name of the two other riders because of privacy reasons but was told if those riders took the camera by mistake and later contacted Uber, the company would let him know.
Plotkin and Parsons are grateful to still have a couple of iPhone photos of the ceremony, but they're holding out hope they can recover the full range of pictures taken on their wedding day. They're offering a $1,000 reward for the return of the camera's memory card.
"We can replace the camera, but we can't replace those pictures," Plotkin says. "Our families couldn't be there, and we were really excited to share the pictures with them so they could experience our day."
The couple is willing to make anonymous arrangements for the return of their photos and says they aren't interested in pressing charges. Anyone with information can contact the couple at firstname.lastname@example.org.