Wisconsin newlyweds ‘devastated’ after card box stolen from wedding

MAYVILLE, Wis. -- A Wisconsin couple's first day as husband and wife was ruined after the newlyweds realized their card box from the wedding was stolen, according to WITI.

While the Ryan Koll and Amber Burtard are enjoying a honeymoon, the groom's mom and best man are trying to track down those responsible.

They say it's not about getting the money back, it's about reading the heartfelt messages on those cards -- and at the very least, warning others.

"We're sad, we're disappointed, we're devastated," said Pam Koll, the groom's mother.

Pam Koll was one of a dozen guests who was helping put gifts in the couple's truck after the wedding on Saturday.

The second-to-last item loaded into the back seat was the card box full of hundreds of well wishes from family and friends.

"The truck was not locked for that last trip we made. So it had to be within a minute's time that those cards were gone," Pam Koll said.

The next day, the newlyweds realized someone had stolen all of their cards.

"He devotes all of his time to help others -- and for someone to take this from him is just unthinkable," said Peter Graf, the best man.

Graf said the newlyweds are always putting their community first. Ryan Koll is an assistant fire chief and Burtard is an EMT for the Theresa Volunteer Fire Department.

Mayville police are investigating. Meanwhile, Graf and Koll are sharing the story in the hopes of sparing another couple the same heartache.

"I really don't want to see it happen to anybody else. Guard those cards with your life," Koll said.

"It's not like a birthday. You're not having another wedding," Graf said.