With all the excitement of getting married, it's easy for brides and grooms to overlook certain details—like taking off your wedding ring while during adventurous honeymoon activities. For one bride and groom, a trip to Australia's Great Barrier Reef went from a vacation of a lifetime to a total nightmare when the groom dropped his brand new, nearly $800 gold wedding band while scuba diving.
Newlyweds Stuart and Amie Brown were blissfully enjoying their romantic honeymoon in Australia during which they signed up for a scuba diving trip at the Agincourt reef in Port Douglas, Queensland. But just minutes after he got in the water, the groom, 29, discovered that his brand new wedding band had fallen into the ocean.
"When the ring came off Mr. Brown's finger and he told me I didn't believe him at first because he is a bit of a joker," the bride, 27, told The Daily Mail, adding that their search efforts were unsuccessful. "And because the water over there is crystal clear he actually saw the ring going under but a fish swam past and he couldn't see it anymore."
She continued: "I was absolutely devastated. I knew it could be replaced but it wouldn't be the original ring. We mentioned to the tour company that we had lost the ring but that was only for insurance purposes. They just laughed at us because they knew we wouldn't be able to find it. We just had to fill out the lost property form."
The couple tied the knot in Scotland on October 6 and immediately jetted off to their honeymoon to Dubai and then Australia. According to the Daily Mail, the couple returned on October 31, sadly without the ring.
But 18 days later, the two received an email they never expected: a diver had managed to find the ring. "I have some good news for you," the email from travel company Quicksilver read, per the Daily Mail. "One of our divers found your wedding ring sitting nicely on coral under the pontoon."
The company sent back the jewelry to the couple, who were as thrilled as they were astonished by the miracle.
"We had an amazing honeymoon. It was sad to see that Mr Brown had a tan line from where the ring was before he lost it. But when we got the email saying they had found it, we were in absolute disbelief," Amie said. "Stuart came through and told me, I just couldn't believe it, all of Stuart's friends don't believe him they think he made the whole thing up. We got the ring back at the end of last week."
If there's anything we can learn from the news this week, it's that grooms need to be a lot more careful with those rings.