London, September 10: An couple from England were in them middle of their wedding vows when the groom's brother dropped the ring.
Flower displays were pulled apart, carpets lifted and floor grates removed, all to no avail. The mortified best man, Matt, even allowed the guests to rummage inside his sporran, but the ring was nowhere to be found.
After 10 minutes of fruitless searching, the bride's mother offered the use of her own ring so that Elizabeth Gray and Lewis Aubrey could be married.
The guests continued to search St John's Church in Redhill, Surrey, while the bride and groom posed for photographs.
The newlyweds then headed off to their reception, believing they would never see the ring again.
However, the reverend - Nicholas Calver - did not give up easily. He returned to the church armed with a spade and, after two hours, found the missing band.
"I couldn't believe something could disappear so thoroughly," the Telegraph quoted Calver as saying.
"I was determined to find it and went back to the church in the evening. In the end, there was a crack between the step and the raised dais.
"I thought it must be down there so I levered them apart with a spade to make the gap bigger, shone a torch down and saw the ring. I was delighted to find it.
"I took it down to the reception and the best man was standing outside. I poked him in the ribs and said 'you owe me a drink'. He was overjoyed," he said.
Rev Calver accompanied Matt into hotel The Cambridge Hotel in Surrey where the bride was presented with the ring by her husband.
"We went in and the groom put the ring on the bride's finger and I did the little bit about 'take this ring' in front of everybody," he added. (ANI)