- Marlee and Andrew Kent got married at Lake Tahoe.
- Andrew dropped Marlee’s Tiffany & Co. diamond wedding ring into the lake during the ceremony.
- A scuba diver was able to rescue the ring.
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Something always goes wrong at a wedding: The veil rips, the groom is late, or the cake gets delivered to the wrong place.
But for one couple, a matrimony mishap took a dramatic turn when the groom dropped the wedding ring into the bottom of a lake.
Andrew and Marlee Kent, a Washington-state based couple, eloped at Lake Tahoe, California, in March, Fox40’s Gurajpal Sangha reported.
The couple said their vows on a dock, with the water looking dreamy behind them. The wedding was initially going smoothly, Marlee told Fox40.
But everything went haywire when it was time to exchange rings.
Marlee’s diamond ring from Tiffany & Co. was in Andrew’s pocket in a box, as Fox40 reported. When Andrew pulled it out to put the ring on Marlee’s finger, he opened the box, and the ring fell out.
It tumbled from his hands onto the dock, slipped between a crack, and fell into the water below.
The experience was captured on video, which Inside Edition shared on Thursday.
After it fell, both Marlee and Andrew leaned down in their wedding attire to try to see the ring, as Inside Edition’s video showed. In the video, they said they could see the ring sitting on a boulder but couldn’t get to it.
Andrew wanted to pause the ceremony to jump into the lake for the ring, but the couple’s officiant advised against it. Because the lake is still cold this time of year, he would have been risking hypothermia, as Inside Edition reported.
The couple continued the wedding without Marlee’s ring, and Marlee told Fox40 she didn’t really mind because she was “so happy to finally be marrying Andrew.”
“There was a smile on my face the entire time even though I was like no,” she told Fox40.
Andrew’s ring did not fall into the water, so he was able to put his on during the ceremony. Marlee pretended to throw his ring over her shoulder before putting it on his finger, as Inside Edition’s video showed.
Luckily, the couple was able to retrieve Marlee’s ring a day after the ceremony with the help of Phill Abernathy, a scuba diver they found on the Tahoe Scuba Diving Facebook group, according to Fox40.
Abernathy asked the Kents to drop a pebble into the same crack to help him figure out where the ring might have fallen, according to Inside Edition’s video. He found it about five feet underneath the surface.
“We were just ecstatic,” Marlee told Inside Edition of how they felt when the ring was safely returned.
The Kents told Fox40 they visit Lake Tahoe every summer. Hopefully, this will be the only visit where Marlee’s ring takes a dip in the lake.
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