CHINO ( — A newlywed bride and her Navy husband are left with only mental memories and cellphone pictures of their special day after they say someone stole their wedding photographer’s camera and equipment, including their wedding photographs.

Photographer Lydia Monique’s equipment was in her car when it, along with all their professional photos taken that day, was stolen.

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“It’s the beginning of a new chapter of our new life together. It was really important,” bride Susie Nolden said. “Part of me was angry, like why, why does this have to happen to us? And then (I) was mostly sad, because what if I don’t get those pictures back?”

Susie and her husband Jonathon, who is in the Navy, only get to see each other a couple times each month. The camera that was stolen still had the memory card loaded into it.

Monique says her car window was broken between 10 pm Sunday night and 11 am Monday morning outside her Hesperia home. She lives in a gated complex.

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“I hope they have a heart to at least send the memory cards,” Monique said. “I can always save up to get my cameras again.”

Lydia, meanwhile, shares in the hope that the photos from her special day will be returned to her.

“To other people, they don’t mean anything, but to us they mean everything,” Lydia said. “They’re our memories, that we would like back.”

Anyone with information on the theft, or who may come across the camera, can contact Lydia, no questions asked, at, or send a note to

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Lydia’s photography page can be viewed here.