Wedding photos returned to couple, after equipment stolen from Madison photographer

MILWAUKEE, Wis. - A Milwaukee couple is celebrating a happily ever after, now that their beloved memories have been returned to them.

According to Milwaukee CBS affiliate WDJT, a good Samaritan in Madison helped return wedding photographs to Chelsy and Alex Holat. 

The Holats hired Madison photographer Erika Diaz to capture their big day. After driving back from the wedding in a rental car, Diaz said she accidentally left her equipment, including memory cards containing the Holats' photos, inside the car. When she realized she forgot them, they were already gone.

"Trying to recover my equipment, nobody could find it," Diaz said, while talking to News 3 Now. "The bag is completely gone. It's not there anymore."

The equipment was worth about $15,000, and of course, priceless memories for the Holats. They told WDJT they were hoping someone saw something, and would have compassion.

On Friday, that happened.

Scott Ellis saw someone selling camera equipment at a Madison gas station, and had a feeling it was the equipment he saw on the news.

He bought the equipment for $500, and returned everything, including the memory cards containing the Holats' pictures, back to Diaz.

He said Diaz gave him back his $500 for the recovery.



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