Happy end­ing after rings lost

Central Otago Mirror - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - JO MCKEN­ZIE-MCLEAN

‘‘She looked like she had seen a ghost...she said she could not find my rings.’’

A Cromwell bride had to im­pro­vise last minute with wed­ding bands after her mother-in-law drove off ac­ci­den­tally with the rings on her car roof.

Elaine and Nick Scott de­cided to throw to­gether a last-minute wed­ding for fam­ily and friends in Cromwell on Jan­uary 29, for those who could not make their wed­ding in Brazil in July.

The day started smoothly for the 34-year-old bride who got pre­pared at her home, while the guests gath­ered at her in-law’s house nearby. When she was ready she handed over a box con­tain­ing two wed­ding bands to take to the cer­e­mony.

‘‘I said, ’take good care of the rings and give them to Lucca, our son, so he can give them to us at the mo­ment of our cer­e­mony’.’’

When Scott ar­rived ‘‘about to walk down the isle’’, her moth­erin-law came out ‘‘look­ing like she had seen a ghost’’.

‘‘I thought some­thing had hap­pened to my kids. I’ve never seen her look like that. She was look­ing all around the car...She said she could not find the rings.’’

While guests waited for the bride, she and her mother-in-law drove back home and tore her bed­room up­side down think­ing the rings would be in the house.

‘‘We called friends to start look­ing in the house at my in-laws. We got them to go through jacket pock­ets, through draw­ers in case she had put them in a safe place.’’ No rings.

‘‘I said, ‘it’s my wed­ding day and I’m not go­ing to think about it...I said, ‘we can’t wait any­more’, and I took off my en­gage­ment ring and put it in another box we had and we bor­rowed Nick’s un­cle’s wed­ding band.’’

The next day the houses were turned up­side down without suc­cess. On Tues­day morn­ing suc­cess came. Scott’s mother in-law went to the po­lice sta­tion to find a Chilean woman had found the rings on the road about a block from Scott’s house. Her moth­erin-law had ac­ci­den­tally driven off with the rings on the roof of the car.

‘‘That was the first time I cried. It was a huge re­lief...Luck­ily for me I am hav­ing another wed­ding in Brazil with my fam­ily so I can have my mo­ment again.’’

The mother-in-law had met with the good Sa­mar­i­tan and gave her a gift to say thank you, she said.

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