A Christchurch couple who thought their wedding photos were lost forever after last year's massive earthquake have been reunited with snaps of their happy day.
Martin Burley and his wife Fen Jeremais were married on February 20 last year - just two days before the devastating quake struck the city.
After a two-day honeymoon the couple returned to their badly damaged home in the suburb of Ferrymead, and had to scramble to evacuate.
In the rush, their digital camera - containing more than six months of photos, including of their wedding and honeymoon - was dropped and lost in the waist-high silt that covered their driveway, Fairfax reports.
Mr Burley said the couple were 'gutted' to lose the camera but had to carry on with their lives.
So when he stumbled upon the camera poking out of the driveway on Wednesday night, Mr Burley was overjoyed.
'I thought even though it was dead as a camera, maybe I can get the memory card out of it,' he said.
After a couple of attempts, he managed to recover all 2.5 gigabytes of their photos.
Mr Burley said he believed recent rain in Christchurch had 'churned the driveway up' and brought the camera to the surface.