Dozens of locks proclaiming love have appeared on the Falls of Feugh bridge in Banchory over the last 12 months or so.
The fad echos the tradition of using the locks as a symbol of eternal love by locking them on to the Pont de Arts bridge in Paris.
However, last month it became clear someone had taken it upon themselves to remove the locks with bolt cutters.
Recently-married couple, Nicol and Corrie Rosie, from Banchory, put their locks up to celebrate the one year anniversary of their elopement to Gretna Green.
Photographer Nicol, 23, said: “We went out for a walk there about a month ago and just noticed all these locks on the bridge.
“Corrie was reading them all and saying ‘I know her, and them.’ Since then it became a bit of a game to go along and read them.
“It’s actually been a way to keep up with people we haven’t seen since school. You see some of the locks and go ‘oh I didn’t know they were together’.
“It’s like an old fashioned Facebook.”
Knowing that Corrie loved the love locks, old romantic Nicol sneaked away to install his own marking their anniversary.
Beauty therapist Corrie, 21, said: “I jumped with joy when I saw it.
“I never expected something like this from him.
‘‘He always says that he thinks the locks are cheesy but I think they’re really romantic.”
On another walk by the bridge the next week, Nicol noticed his lock had been snipped off.
He said: “I’ve no idea why someone would do it.
‘‘However, I just bought another and clipped it to the same spot.
‘‘A friend of mine counts them and says at least 40 have gone missing.”
Philip McKay, Aberdeenshire Council’s head of roads and landscape services, said: “The council doesn’t have a formal view on the ‘love locks’ appearing on the Falls of Feugh bridge, but we’re keen to encourage tourism in our communities.
“We have no plans to remove them, but if the use of this popular bridge is affected we will of course look again.”