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Bride loses ring an hour before the wedding...little boy saves the story


Of all the things that could go wrong on a wedding day, losing a diamond ring that's also a 100-year-old family heirloom is up there with a bridal hair bee infestation and being forced to wear big, grey knickers under your gown.

It happened to one bride an hour before she was due to walk down the aisle - but thanks to an eagle-eyed eight-year-old, her wedding woe turned into a heartening tale of honour and thankfulness.

Wisconsin bride Erica Fenske was posing for photographs in front of the picturesque Lake Michigan shoreline minutes ahead of her wedding on Saturday when she realised her grandmother's solitaire diamond had popped off her finger.

"It's a small solitaire ring,” Fenske tells WISN. “My mother wore it in her wedding. I think my grandmother wore it in her wedding as well.”

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Bride Erica Fenske's family heirloom ring

Initially, the bride was hopeful of being able to find the sentimental band before the ceremony Schlitz Audubon Nature Center in Milwaukee.

“The first thing I thought of is, 'Oh good, I have eight groomsmen and eight bridesmaids," she explains. “I'm sending them all down to look everywhere we've been for the ring.”

The minutes flew by and the bridal party had no luck scouring through grounds of the centre, which has 185 acres of land covered in trees and rocks.

Despite losing her precious "something old," Fenske had a “beautiful” wedding day with 200 relatives and friends - but gave up hope of finding the ring. She admits another worry was “My mother's going to kill me.”

nature centre

Even Sherlock would struggle in this

But less than a week into married life and trying to put the loss behind her, she received a call from the centre that added an extra touch of magic to her special day.

“'Hey, we found a ring,” she was told. “I thought, 'No way it's mine,'” Fenske says.

Thankfully, it was. An eight-year-old boy who had been scouring the dense rocky landscape and beach for fossils spotted the gold band and handed it in.

“When they brought out the ring, I instantly started crying just because it was a miracle,” Fenske says.

The boy's family says they're "thrilled” the bride has got her ring back.

“It proves that the one little thing that went wrong that day got fixed and that was more of not an omen, but a sign to us that this is it. This was right. This was perfect,” Fenske says.

Images: istock/WISN/Schlitz Audubon Nature Center

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