- Drew and Kayla Gottfried thought their wedding video was erased after their nuptials.
- A friend from their church ended up finding a copy of the video.
- Drew surprised Kayla with a screening of it for their 14th wedding anniversary.
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Drew and Kayla Gottfried thought they would never get to see their wedding video.
The Oregon couple got married 14 years ago, and like many couples, they had their ceremony filmed so they could relive it for years to come.
But just after their wedding, they were told their wedding video was “accidentally erased,” Drew said in a TikTok video posted on Wednesday. At the time, Kayla told her mom through tears the video was gone, The Washington Post reported.
But a few months before their 14th wedding anniversary, Drew said a friend of the couple found a copy of the video at their church. He gave the tape to Drew, who decided to turn it into an anniversary gift for Kayla.
Drew said on TikTok that he rented out a movie theater and told her they would be watching one of her favorite films. But instead, he had the wedding video play when the lights went down.
In the TikTok video, which had over 4 million views at the time of writing, Kayla starts crying as soon as she realizes what’s playing.
Drew told Insider he did not expect the post to become as popular as it was, particularly since it was the first TikTok he ever posted.
He has since shared a clip of the actual wedding ceremony on TikTok as well.
“This entire experience has been amazing, from finding the video a couple of months ago to the surprise showing for Kayla to the response online,” Drew said.
“I knew she was going to be overcome with emotion to the video and that I had to come up with a great way to surprise her,” he said. “I’m glad it all worked out so well and that everyone gets to share in our joy and happiness we felt.”
Drew added: “These last 14 years have been amazing, and Kayla and I are excited to continue building memories like this for the rest of our lives together.”