NEW YORK (VINnews) — A couple who chose to get married on the pier of Lake Tahoe thought they had the perfect location – until the groom dropped the ring into the lake.
“It was going off without a hitch, and I was thinking in my head, ‘No weddings just go without a hitch, or did we just crack the code,’” said bride Marlee Kent.
But then Andrew, her groom, opened the box holding Marlee’s diamond ring and the ring slipped through a crack in the dock and fell into the lake.
“I’m so happy to finally be marrying Andrew. There was a smile on my face the entire time even though I was like, ‘No,’” Marlee Kent said.
The ceremony was paused as the couple tried to come up with a plan to get it back. Andrew even toyed with the idea of jumping in the water himself but was dissuaded by the minister due to the temperature of the water and the lack of diving gear. The ceremony continued with Marlee’s ring and without Andrew’s.
After the wedding, the couple went to Facebook for help and found Phill Abernathy, the founder of the Facebook group Tahoe Scuba Diving.
“It’s one of those, the sooner the better, don’t hesitate,” said Abernathy.
The next day, Abernathy went to work and after 30 minutes of moving rocks, he sent the couple a picture: “I go, ‘Hey guys I have one last question, does your ring look like this?’ That is probably the picture you have seen, where I have the ring and they are going ‘hurray!’”
“That moment is an ecstatic feel-good moment,” Abernathy said.
“We have a memory of a lifetime,” Marlee Kent said.
“He says, ‘Effectively, yeah, you are famous now but for being a klutz.’ I was like ‘That’s alright,” said Andrew Kent.