More than 36 years after they got married, a Romanian couple has finally received photos of their wedding. Matthew Hills of Newton, Massachusetts came across the pictures when he was showing his children an album from a trip he had taken following his graduation from Brandeis University in 1981.
Hills and three of his friends had been traveling through several countries in Europe, including Romania. They happened to be outside the Stavropoleus Church in Bucharest, Romania when a bride and groom invited them inside to watch them get married.
Hills was the only one with a camera inside the church and was asked to be the wedding photographer. He snapped 23 photos of the ceremony. The couple gave him their address and he promised he would send them the pictures. Unfortunately, one of his friends lost the address. (Hills refuses to identify which one of his friends was the culprit.)
Hills did try to track down the couple in the 80’s but had no success. And then he forgot about the photos. Until this week.
When he saw the photos, Hills became determined to find the bride and groom and finally get the pictures to them. Not being on social media, Hills turned to his sister, Susan Hills Goldman, a resident of Morganville, New Jersey, who posted the pictures on Facebook on Wednesday, January 3 and, within two days, the images had been shared over 1300 times. When interviewed for this article Goldman said, “My head is still spinning from all the messages and people contacting me trying to help.”
Friday morning Goldman woke up to messages from the bride and groom’s son and niece in Romania. The niece identified the bride and groom in the photos as Zinica and Liviu Breazu. She also said it happened to be her aunt’s birthday. Goldman said she was so happy she could provide such a “wonderful birthday gift” and added that all the pictures would be e-mailed today.
Goldman said that, “it’s amazing to see how social media can be used to connect rather than divide people.” She added that, “perhaps this will encourage my brother to finally join Facebook!”
Marlene Kern Fischer is a wife, mother of three sons, food shopper extraordinaire, blogger and college essay editor at Essay Moms. She attended Brandeis University, from which she graduated cum laude with a degree in English Literature.
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