A pair of newlyweds in Canada are appealing for the help of the public after a wedding crasher was filmed stealing more than $6000 worth of camera equipment as the couple exchanged vows.
The opportunistic heist occurred last Saturday at a public park in Vancouver, Canada, as Bryan Ball married his fiancée Julie Wilson, CTV reports.
Photographer Martin Gregorian said the uninvited man pretended to a be guest taking photos as he scoped out purses and other valuables to knock off.
A video of the wedding shows the man lurking around the perimeter of the ceremony before moving in to swipe a bag of expensive camera equipment as the bride and groom exchange vows.
"No one was looking at him. Everyone was looking at the couple," the photographer said.
Fortunately for the couple Mr Gregorian had his SD cards with him when his bag was stolen so no photos of the wedding were lost.
However, the photographer had the keys to his rental car stolen.He was forced to stay with the car until the hire firm arrived to pick it up hours later.
The bride's brother, Rob Wilson, said he was "pissed off" that someone would "have the balls to do that", but proud that his sister did not let the incident ruin her day.
Mr Gregorian said he hoped someone recognised the thief and reported him to police.
"I just hope I can get my camera gear back and make the couple happy," he said.
Author: Martin Zavan, Approving editor: Fiona Willan