Bride sees stranger's wedding photos one year on

WEDDING DRAMA: Newlyweds Raechel and Jesse Finn (with son Xavier) were left hanging when their wedding photographer went home sick halfway through their wedding. A random woman saw Raechel, who was in her wedding dress, sitting on the stairs devastated and asked if she could take some photos. Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail
WEDDING DRAMA: Newlyweds Raechel and Jesse Finn (with son Xavier) were left hanging when their wedding photographer went home sick halfway through their wedding. A random woman saw Raechel, who was in her wedding dress, sitting on the stairs devastated and asked if she could take some photos. Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail Max Fleet

IT IS THE making of every bride-to-be's worst nightmare, just a few snaps into the big day and the photographer unexpectedly goes home sick.

Bundaberg woman Raechel Finn was heartbroken when she was left with little more than her own memory to capture her wedding day.

Overwhelmed by the sudden situation, Mrs Finn sought some fresh air on the wooden stairs of the Coral Cove Resort.

"I was devastated, she (the Dalby based photographer) didn't tell us until part way through our photos," she said.

"We had no plans for any photographs, we'd got a few and that was going to be it."

But the heels of her satin shoes had barely touched down on the timber when a passer-by approached Mrs Finn.

Coral Cove woman Michelle Stevens said the way the sunlight was catching the bride as she sat on the stairs made it impossible for her to just walk by.

Unaware of the situation Mrs Finn was facing, Ms Stevens asked the bride if she could take her photo.

"She was just sitting there and I thought she looked quite beautiful," Ms Stevens said.

"It was just the light and everything, I just went, 'That's going to be a beautiful photo'."

Ms Stevens said she had just purchased her camera and said it did not leave her neck.

Taken aback by the stranger's request, Mrs Finn obliged to a photo.

"Our photographer has just gone home sick, we didn't get many photos from her," she said.


"She said she just thought it was amazing the bride sitting at the end of the stairs with her shoes off.

"She asked if we had a photographer and then we told her that she'd literally just left and gone home sick, she was quite surprised."

But a contact detail miscommunication saw more heartache as Ms Stevens and Mrs Finn were without any way of contacting one another.

"I just thought I'll hang onto to them because one day I'll find her somewhere," Ms Stevens said.

More than one year on from the August 2013 wedding, Ms Stevens said she was going through the photos on her computer, came across the wedding shots and decided to start up a search.

The photo was posted on Bargara Facebookers and then on the NewsMail Facebook page, where the two were reconnected.

"She was trying to get in contact with us, I was just amazed," Mrs Finn said.

"We were trying to find her too and when I saw that on the NewsMail page, I was almost in tears, I was so happy."

Mrs Stevens said she had not seen the photos before.

"Until my sister in law and a few other people tagged me in the post on the NewsMail's page," she said.

"I couldn't believe it was happening, I couldn't believe after all this time she had kept the photos."

Mrs Finn said she was "over the moon".

"They are so amazing the photos she took, she said she was just starting out but honestly, they are amazing," she said.

"They're better than I could have hoped for, I still don't believe, I'm just in shock.

"We didn't get many photos from our photographer and to get those, it meant so much.

"She doesn't want any money for them, she won't take anything, she's just such a lovely lady."

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