Devastated Andrea and Gareth Boycott plead with thief to return wedding photos
A married couple have made a desperate appeal for the return of their wedding photos, after their photographer was robbed in Belfast last Thursday.
Gareth Boycott (30) from Wales and his wife Andrea (27) from Moneyglass, Co Antrim were wed in the bride's hometown on August 27.
Despite enjoying "the most perfect day imaginable" the couple said they were devastated when their pictures were pilfered.
Their photographer had the photos stored on his Acer mini laptop and Seagate 2TB portable hard drive, both in his green and black Sea to Summit backpack.
But the bag was taken from a yoga studio on the Ormeau Road in Belfast between 6pm and 7pm on Thursday, October 6.
"I'm sure our photographer would like his equipment back. It might be long gone but the bit we're clinging to is the conscience of whoever took it," said Gareth.
"I suppose you have to believe in the goodness of people and just hope they anonymously give back the memory card. We were so looking forward to seeing all those shots. There was one outside the chapel of me and my grandparents who are very old and it was quite an ordeal for them to make it over from Wales. It's very upsetting to think we might never see those shots."
After the wedding ceremony in Moneyglass the couple enjoyed their wedding reception at the Larchfield estate in Lisburn.
Gareth said: "It was a lot of effort as we live in England and getting everyone over from Wales, bussing them around, but it was just perfect."
Today the newlyweds live in Southampton where Andrea works as a radiographer and Gareth as an agent in the entertainment industry for several bands and comedians.
The couple met eight years ago while on holiday in Malia, Crete.
"It was a holiday romance that got out of control," said Gareth.
"I was on a lads' holiday, she was away with the girls and we just literally fell in love. She was studying in Jordanstown, I'd moved to England withmy job. We did the long distance thing for two years while she studied and then she moved over."
Gareth added: "I know we would be relying on the conscience of a thief but we are just so desperate to get these photos returned and would be happy to offer a small reward, no questions asked if it helped."
Police have urged anyone with information on the theft to contact Lisburn Road Police Station on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference number 667 of October 7, 2016.
Information on the whereabouts of the photographs can also be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org