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Best Man Loses Wedding Ring at Altar

Alex Stedall(LONDON) -- As Elizabeth Gray and Lewis Aubrey were in the final stages of becoming husband and wife at a church outside London, the ceremony was interrupted by a loud ping.

“Suddenly you just hear this noise that sounded like metal dropping and with that the vicar said to the best man … ‘Was that the ring?’ and he went, ‘Yeah,’” Gray told ABC News.  “Then all eyes turned to the floor.”

“When I heard the ring I just assumed it had fallen on the floor and was just going to be a foot away from my foot,” Aubrey said.  “When I looked down to see, there was no sign of it.”

They lifted drainage grates, tore apart floral arrangements and searched formal wear, but no one in the congregation was able to locate the ring.

“No one knew where it had gone at all,” said Gray.  “I was kind of just thinking, Oh, God the show’s got to go on.  I’ve stood at the altar, all my friends and family are here, I want to get married.”

Gray had spent six months looking for the perfect ring and the best man who dropped it wasn’t just Aubrey’s closest friend, it was his brother, Matt.  Unable to find the ring, they went on with the wedding ceremony, using Gray’s mother’s wedding ring.

“It kind of felt nice and it felt right to use my mum’s because it means something. So I used that and then the service continued,” Gray told ABC News.

Following the service, the newlyweds took photos and headed off to the reception, while guests stayed behind and scoured the church for the ring to no avail.  After eating dinner the vicar returned to the church, determined to find it.

“In the end, there was a crack between the step and the raised dais,” Rev. Nicholas Calver told The Telegraph.  “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.”

Calver made his way to the site of the reception with the ring and gave it to Matt Aubrey, who entered the reception hall holding it triumphantly.

“My brother was holding the ring like Frodo from Lord of the Rings, and everyone erupted,” said Lewis Aubrey.  “The vicar actually blessed the marriage then and so I kind of got married twice.”

“The vicar is definitely a hero,” Gray said.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Shark Attack in Seychelles Kills Honeymooner

File photo. (Comstock/Thinkstock)(LONDON) -- A man snorkeling on his honeymoon in the Seychelle Islands was fatally attacked by a shark as his bride, who was sunning on the beach, heard his screams.

Ian Redmond, 30, died of his injures Tuesday.

Redmond had been swimming in tranquil waters of Anse Lazio beach on the island of Praslin Tuesday when the attack occurred.

He and his wife of two weeks, Gemma Houghton, were one of thousands of couples who flock to the Indian Ocean islands from Europe yearly. Newlyweds Prince William and Duchess Kate visited North Island in Seychelles for their honeymoon earlier this year.

Sunbathers and fellow tourists were alerted to the deadly incident when they heard Redmond's cries for help.

One American tourist who witnessed the attack told The Telegraph, "I saw a swimmer who was missing a huge chunk of flesh from his left leg - so much so that I could see the bone of his thigh. He was sickeningly pale, but still had his flippers on both feet. "

Redmond was pulled to shore by witnesses in a boat and died shortly afterwards of blood loss in a hospital.

This is the latest in a recent outbreak of shark attacks on the beach of Anse Lazio in the Seychelles. A French tourist was killed two weeks ago by a shark under similar circumstances while snorkeling in the waters during late afternoon.

Seychelles ambassador to the U.S., Ronald Jumeau, told ABC News that reports circulating about the killer shark's size of 6 feet were false.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Pakistani Army Helps 45 Poor Couples Wed

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(ISLAMABAD, Pakistan) – Thanks to the Pakistani Army, 45 couples were married at a mass wedding in Islamabad despite that fact that their families have no money.

The ceremony, held in the Swat Valley, gave daughters from poor parents an opportunity to get married that they otherwise would not have had due to their family’s financial constraints.

"I have no words to express my joy," Mahboob Ali, one of the 45 bridegrooms, told the Express Tribune. "I was sad because I could not bear the expenses of a wedding ceremony as my financial status is very weak. But then the army selected me on merit and provided this opportunity which has gotten me very excited," Ali said.

The Labaik Foundation, an NGO that assisted in organizing the event, said that the militancy and floods have left many of the region’s poor without a source of income, let alone the finances to marry.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Prince William's, Kate Middleton's Royal Wedding Date Set

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LONDON) -- It's finally time for millions of Britons, celebrities, and foreign leaders to save the date. After a flurry of speculation, the royal family said Tuesday that recently engaged Prince William and Kate Middleton have set a date for their wedding.

The royal couple will be wed at Westminster Abbey Friday, April 29, 2011, according to a statement by the royal house of Prince Charles, William's father.

As one of the most anticipated events of 2011, the date will be declared a national holiday and, in addition to the thousands of guests expected to attend the wedding, millions more will be watching on television and online.

The wedding could be an emotional return to Westminster for Prince William. It was the same place he said his final goodbyes to his mother, the late Princess Diana, at her funeral in 1997.

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