Ariel McRae isn’t about to let anybody ruin the happiest moment of her life. After being shamed by a jewelry store employee about the $130 matching ring set she and her new husband Quinn had just picked out, the 22-year-old Martin, Tenn. resident took to social media with a heartfelt message about love.
“My husband doesn't have a lot, neither of us do,” she began the lengthy Facebook post alongside a photo of the sterling silver and cubic zirconia set on her ring finger. “We scrape and scrape to pay bills and put food in our bellies, but after almost two years of dating we decided that we couldn't wait anymore, so we didn't.”
She said didn’t care about a ring, and would have been just as happy to marry her best friend with a “25¢ gumball machine ring," she wrote. But Quinn insisted, and scraped up just enough money to buy her two matching rings from Pandora. But their celebratory trip to pick up their new hardware took a sour turn after an off-hand comment from an employee.
“While we were purchasing my rings, another lady that was working there came over to help the lady selling them to us. She said, ‘Y'all can you believe that some men get these as engagement rings? How pathetic.’ When she said that I watched my now husband's face fall,” Ariel recalls.
Although she considered a rude response, Ariel says she looked at the woman and said, “It isn't the ring that matters, it is the love that goes into buying one." And they walked out of the store happy.
“My husband was so afraid of me not wanting him because he couldn't afford a piece of jewelry. He was afraid that the love I have for him would pale because he couldn't afford the wedding set I wanted. The world has made it this way and it is so sad,” Ariel went on to write in the post that has since gone viral. “But here I am though, Court-House married, $130 ring set, the love of my life by my side and happier than I could ever imagine.”
Now that’s a love story we can all learn from.