Lost wedding photo blown into gutter by Dexter tornado
A wedding photo scattered by a storm still radiates joy.
A photo showing a beaming bride and groom walking down the aisle at the conclusion of an outdoor wedding apparently was whisked into a gutter by the tornado that struck Dexter on Thursday.
Photo courtesy of the Waidley family
"We don't have a clue who they are," said Monica Waidley, who lives with her family in the Huron Farms subdivision, which was devastated by the tornado. Monica's daughter, Tori, found the photo on Ulrich Street.
"It's just crazy — the stuff we're picking up out of our yard," Monica said. "There's tons of one-inch pieces of somebody's life laying around in our yard."
UPDATE 2:41 p.m.: About a dozen AnnArbor.com readers have identified the bride and groom as Heather and Matt Leszczynski, residents of the Huron Farms subdivision. Their home was destroyed by the tornado, friends said, and they were not available to comment Friday. AnnArbor.com is taking steps to ensure the return of the photos to the owners.
It's one of many examples of personal property strewn about Dexter. Hudson Mills Metropark golf course, for example, discovered high school papers and a lawn mower on its grounds.
But it's a particularly poignant reflection of how a natural disaster shows no respect for memories.
Another Dexter resident, Dexter Lions Club member Mike Scott, told AnnArbor.com he found a high school photo that appears to be of the same women from the wedding photo.
Scott lives on Huron View Court near the Huron Farms subdivision. He found what he guessed to be a 10th grade photo of a women in a blue cowl neck sweater with red dangling earrings.
"Me and my wife were walking around after the tornado — there was underwear sitting on the street and parts of board games and we found this photo," Scott said. "I wasn't sure how to get it back to this person."
He added: "We were walking down by the curb and it was sitting down by the ground."