Thieves deal major setback to Wichita couple's wedding

By: Jason Tarr Email
By: Jason Tarr Email

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NEWTON, Kan. -- The romance between Tori Thompson and Ryan Loffland began in the halls of Wesley Medical Center.

"He noticed when he'd come up to the OR where I was working, he'd notice I'd go, 'Oh, there's Ryan!'" Thompson said.

A couple years later, Ryan would take Tori on a surprise trip to Beaver Lake in Arkansas. He'd pop the question by hiding a 'Will You Marry Me' note inside a fortune cookie.

Little did they know that a year later, 10 days before their big day, thieves would deal a major set back to their wedding.

Thompson says she believes thieves stole all the wedding items and decorations she had been collecting with her family since the day she got back from Arkansas.

"I'm kind of out of the sad stage and I'm coming out of the angry stage," Thompson said. "It's kind of just 'Operation Save the Wedding' now."

Thompson says earlier in the week, she, Ryan, and her parents had taken the items to their wedding venue, a secluded cabin area just outside of Newton.

Her father did some painting Monday night and came back Tuesday to finish up. That's when he made the discovery.

"Everything was gone -- all of our stuff," Thompson said.

That stuff included bags of folded lace, table cloths and curtains. There were the Christmas lights she had bought with her family right after the holidays to get them on sale. Also among the items that were taken, bottles of red wine from Trader Joe's that Thompson had picked up while in Kansas City.

She sought support from her friends on social media as she and the families worked to recover from the crime.

"The good thing is a bad person did this but there's been so many other good people who have been reaching out and trying to help," Thompson said.

Thompson says she wants to share her story to help warn others to be extra careful when and where they store their wedding items.

In the meantime, she's trying to stay positive. She says her April 26th wedding will mean much more now that this has happened. She's confident the families will find a way to make it even better than it would have been.

But, deep down, what she wants is to have all the things back that she had picked out for their special day.

"That's the main thing: I want my stuff back. That's our hard work," Thompson said.


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