When a couple decided to get married, they cared about nothing but declaring their love and making a lifelong commitment. However, they had an unpleasant experience when a stranger mocked their choices.
Few things compare to the joy of finding a soul mate, and creating an unbreakable bond with someone is priceless. While many people dream of having a flashy wedding with all the trimmings, that’s not the case for everyone.
Countless couples only care about saying their vows and signing the papers. One such duo from Martin, Tennessee was inseparable from their first date, but sadly, not everyone understood their unique love story.
Quinn and Ariel McRae. | Source: Youtube.com/InsideEdit
LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT
Ariel and Quinn McRae met when they were 20 and spent days talking on the phone. After their first date, eating chicken wings and driving around chatting and singing together, they fell in love.
Ariel admitted that she would have married Quinn after their first date because the feelings were intense and mutual, but they decided to wait a bit. They were still young but also knew that the kind of connection they had was rare.
The couple quickly became best friends and romantic partners, and their desire to get married grew day by day. After two years of dating, they made a bold decision that allowed them to realize their biggest dream.
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Ariel and Quinn have decided to run away. Regarding the decision, she shared, “I’ve never been happier in my life, and I couldn’t imagine spending it with anyone else.”
In a shocking twist, one of the employees approached them and studied the rings they had chosen. His words left the couple speechless.
Their special day was unique, and while it might not be the wedding other people had imagined for themselves, it was perfect for them. However, before taking their vows in court, they faced a humiliating and discouraging encounter.
In a now-viral Facebook post, Ariel recalled a heartbreaking moment she and her husband-to-be faced in 2016. They excitedly entered Pandora to buy wedding rings, but their joy quickly turned to sadness.
AN UNEXPECTED NOTE
The couple looked at the store’s many ring options before deciding on a sterling silver, pearl and cubic zirconia set. Ariel was dizzy and her partner was happy to have found something for the woman he loved.
In a shocking twist, one of the employees approached them and studied the rings they had chosen. His words left the couple speechless. She says:
“Can you all believe some men get them as engagement rings? How pathetic (sic).”
Ariel and Quinn McRae show off their wedding rings. | Source: Youtube.com/InsideEdit
HE FELT LIKE A FAILURE
The remark stung, and Ariel watched Quinn’s face fall. He was upset and felt like he had failed. Fortunately, another worker helped them wrap up and pay for their items, which totaled $130.
Ariel shared a lesson with the employee and said, “It’s not the ring that counts. It’s the love that goes into buying one that counts. She also spoke about her experience to show others that love trumps material possessions. Ariel said:
“Y’all, I would have married this man if it had been a 25¢ gumball machine ring. When did our nation fall so far…Why are material possessions synonymous of love (sic)??”
Although the encounter devastated the duo, they didn’t allow it to steal their excitement for their wedding day. They got married a few days later and the couple was proud because they followed their hearts, unbothered by other people’s opinions.
Ariel McRae shows off her wedding ring. | Source: Youtube.com/InsideEdit
COMMITMENT MEANT MOST
Ariel and Quinn didn’t have unrealistic expectations in their relationship and knew their financial situation wouldn’t allow for a glamorous wedding. Watching her husband collect all his money to buy her a ring meant everything to Ariel.
She was not preoccupied with material things and only wanted to engage with the man of her dreams. They struggled to pay their bills and buy food, but they weren’t short on love. She shared:
“My husband was so scared that I wouldn’t want him because he couldn’t afford to buy jewelry. He was scared that the love I have for him would fade because he didn’t have couldn’t afford to buy the wedding dress I wanted.”
SPREAD AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE
Ariel’s story captured attention online and netizens were blown away by her perspective on love and marriage. She revealed that countless people have reached out to her to thank her. She added:
“I got so many messages from people telling me that I gave them the courage to propose or get married, even if they couldn’t afford a ring.”
Helping people has been a moving and rewarding experience for the happy wife. She and her husband were planning to adopt two children in the future, and they were thrilled that their unpleasant experience was leading to something positive.
THE RING IS A BONUS
Ariel was adamant that no one should run up debt because of a marriage. She said it was possible to get married without rings and hoped others would focus on the only thing that mattered: love. She noted:
“I wanted people to understand that…a ring is just a bonus. You don’t marry someone for a ring. You marry someone because you love them.”
Fashion and beauty editor Shelley Brown revealed that, on average, in 2015, partners spent around $6,000 on engagement rings.
Diamonds were popular but very expensive, so she suggested that hopeful spouses on a budget opt for other gemstones like sapphires or morganites.
Questions to ponder:
- How would you react if your partner offered to use a ring worth $130?
Many people have mapped out the exact details of their wedding day, including dress, venue, and ring. However, if you’re meeting the right person and can’t afford all the glitzy details, it might be wise to reconsider your wishes before you miss out on a great relationship.
- What do you think of the Pandora employee’s comment?
Preference is personal and employees serving customers should be aware of this. Although their opinion can guide buyers, they should never insult people or make them feel unworthy. The customer experience is of the utmost importance and employees must do everything to ensure that their customers leave the store satisfied.
Ariel and Quinn have had a great journey, proving that the price of her wedding ring doesn’t determine the depth of love between a couple. Please share your engagement memories and tell us the value of your rings.
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