GRASS VALLEY, Calif. - Thousands of people lost more than their homes in the Camp Fire -- they lost precious memories which were reduced to ash and rubble.
Edie Lambert shares the story of one family that was able to bring a piece of their history back to life.
Lambert said Marc Taylor does not take anything for granted any more. He and his wife Mary moved to Grass Valley after losing everything they owned in November.
The memories of that day are vivid – being forced from their home, becoming trapped in traffic, and even having to run for their lives.
One of the most memorable things lost forever in the fire was their wedding album, the Taylors said.
Marc Taylor tearfully called seeing Mary walk toward him down the aisle. He said he had not seen her wedding gown, and the image will stick in his head forever.
Mary Taylor really wanted to have those photographs again so she tried to track down the wedding photographer.
They had not seen photographer Richard Briggs for more than 20 years. Briggs said he keeps every negative he ever shot on film, so was able to locate the negatives. He said several were faded so he bought a scanner and his wife jumped in to help color correct the images so they would be good as new.
When Briggs showed up at the Taylor’s Grass Valley home they opened the gift with shaking hands. Then, they were staring down at their wedding day.
“This means so much to us. Thank you!, they exclaimed. Marc Taylor said the album “gave us a piece of something back after losing everything.” He said there were really no words that could express how he was feeling.
It was more than seeing the wedding again, he explained. “This album is also filled with images of people who have now passed away.” His mom died six days before Christmas, so of course seeing her in the photos brought more tears.
The Taylors will celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary on August 14, 2019.