Jennifer and Timothy Bing got married 38 years ago but had never seen any photos from their special day – until now.
The wedding was held on July 7, 1979, at Seabrook Baptist Church in Lanham, Maryland.
As noted by Inside Edition, they “decided to have their friends take photos instead of hiring a wedding photographer. “
Days after their wedding, the lab that they left their rolls of film at caught fire and all of their photographs were destroyed.
“I felt devastated. That’s the only wedding I had … the only wedding I planned to have,” Jennifer Bing, 65 told ABC News. “I was very upset.”
It was also a sad time for the mother of three because her father died two weeks after the wedding.
“That meant I would not have one picture of him walking me down the aisle. No pictures,” she said.
“While I was at my highest point, I plummeted in less than a two-week period. It was a dark time for me” (ABC News).
Their daughter Ashleigh Bing, a photographer, stepped in to restore happiness and planned a special gift for their 38th Anniversary — a surprise photo shoot.
The Bings weren’t told about the shoot until the day before — and when they found out that makeup artist (Marquia James of GlamQui) and hairstylist (Jenae White of White’s Barber Co.) were coming on board to recreate their wedding day, they were in shock.
Ashley Bing also rented outfits, including two sequin gowns for her mom, a tuxedo for her dad and matching Chuck Taylor sneakers.
The three-hour photo shoot featured backdrops of the Washington National Cathedral and John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.
“I wanted them to have a really, really nice backdrop. They got married in a small community church in Maryland, which isn’t that pretty,” Ashleigh Bing explained. “If they had to wait 40 years for some real pictures, I figured let’s make it something nice” (ABC News).
Ashley Bing also made a playlist, including songs played at their wedding and personal favorites.
The album was delivered on their special day and the final product brought them to tears.
“She has made a wish come true of mine that I thought would never happen,” the mother said of her daughter.
“They are people who give so much to me,” said Ashleigh.
“They’ll never get that day back, but I tried to recreate it, something new for them just to have. I’m really glad that they have these images, even it took almost 40 years to get them.”