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Man surprises his wife with a showing of their long-lost wedding video on their 14th anniversary

A man rented out a movie theater to surprise his wife with a showing of their long-lost wedding video on their 14th anniversary after it was found at their church. 

For years, Drew Gottfried, 35, and his wife Kayla, 34, from Oregon, thought their wedding video was lost forever. When they tried to get the footage digitized as a DVD shortly after their July 20, 2007 nuptials, they were told the tape was blank. 

The couple had never watched the supposedly-erased video, but over a decade after they said ‘I do,’ a friend called Drew to say that he had found the tape at Life Bible Church — the church they attend every week. 

‘He was just going through old tapes of the church and he found one and saw that he recognized us from the video,’ Drew told Fox News. ‘He didn’t even know that we didn’t have our videos. He just found it and messaged me and said, “Look what I found.”‘

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Incredible: Drew Gottfried, 35, surprised his wife Kayla, 34, with a private showing of their long-lost wedding video on their 14th anniversary 

Shocking moment: When the couple tried to get their wedding video digitized as a DVD shortly after their July 20, 2007 nuptials, they were told the tape was blank

Shocking moment: When the couple tried to get their wedding video digitized as a DVD shortly after their July 20, 2007 nuptials, they were told the tape was blank

Drew kept the exciting news from Kayla for two months and made plans to show her the video on their 14-year anniversary.  

On the night of their anniversary, the mother of two was talking about their wedding over dinner and wished they had a video of the ceremony, The Washington Post reported. 

Kayla had no idea that Drew had rented out a movie theater that night to treat her to a private showing of the long-lost footage. 

‘I couldn’t even begin to think of a movie that he would be so excited to watch,’ she told Fox News. ‘I thought, “Shoot. What if I am not as excited as he thinks I’m going to be?”‘

Say what? A few months before their anniversary, a friend called Drew to say he found the tape at their church. He rented out a movie theater to surprise Kayla with the video

Say what? A few months before their anniversary, a friend called Drew to say he found the tape at their church. He rented out a movie theater to surprise Kayla with the video

Say what? A few months before their anniversary, a friend called Drew to say he found the tape at their church. He rented out a movie theater to surprise Kayla with the video 

Going viral: Drew filmed Kayla's heartwarming reaction to the surprise and shared the video on TikTok, where it has been viewed more than 6.2 million times

Going viral: Drew filmed Kayla’s heartwarming reaction to the surprise and shared the video on TikTok, where it has been viewed more than 6.2 million times 

Aww! Kayla was moved to tears when she saw their wedding video for the first time

Aww! Kayla was moved to tears when she saw their wedding video for the first time

Aww! Kayla was moved to tears when she saw their wedding video for the first time 

Drew filmed her reaction, and as soon as she realized what was playing, she put her hand on her husband’s arm. She then covered her face with her hands in surprise as tears welled up in her eyes.  

‘How do you have video of this?’ she asked before giving him an excited kiss on the cheek. 

Drew shared the video on TikTok, explaining that his wife had never seen their wedding video up until that moment. 

The viral clip has been viewed more than 6.2 million times and has received thousands of comments from viewers, many of whom were touched by the surprise.

Memories: A number of people asked Drew to post a snippet of their wedding video, which he did the next day

Memories: A number of people asked Drew to post a snippet of their wedding video, which he did the next day

Happy family: Drew and Kayla are now parents to two children

Happy family: Drew and Kayla are now parents to two children 

Ready for anything: The couple has digitized multiple copies of the video to ensure they always have it

Ready for anything: The couple has digitized multiple copies of the video to ensure they always have it 

‘She just fell in love again when she realized the effort you put in,’ one person wrote, while another added: ‘Imagine never seeing your wedding playback for 14 years!!!!! The pain you helped her heal.’

‘I started crying as soon as the room went dark knowing the joy she would have,’ someone else shared. ‘I love it.’

A number of people asked Drew to post a snippet of their wedding video, which he did the next day. 

Now that the couple finally has their wedding video back, they aren’t taking any chances. They digitized multiple copies of the footage to ensure they always have it.  

‘This is by far the biggest surprise,’ Kayla told Fox News. ‘There have been other little surprises. But, I’ve just learned to not ask questions and just go with it. It always turns out specular.’


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