Newlywed Ariel McRae had the best response when she and her now-husband were criticised for their "pathetic" engagement ring.
The groom, Quinn, said he saved as much money as possible to purchase a ring from Pandora and while purchasing the piece at an unnamed store in their hometown, an employee made a scathing comment about the jewellery.
Ariel recalls in a Facebook post that when they went to collect the ring, their initial excitement turned to devastation.
"My husband doesn't have a lot, neither of us do. We scrape and scrape to pay bills and put food in our bellies, but after almost 2 years of dating we decided that we couldn't wait anymore, so we didn't," she wrote.
"I wasn't even thinking about rings, I just wanted to marry my best friend, but he wouldn't have it. He scraped up just enough money to buy me two matching rings from Pandora. Sterling silver and CZ to be exact.
"While we were purchasing my rings however, 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. He already felt bad because he couldn't afford the pear-shaped set that so obviously had my heart and covered my Pinterest page.
"He already felt like a failure, asking me again and again ‘Are you sure you'll be happy with these? Are you sure this is okay?’"
She said she was devastated that her future husband thought the ring meant more than their relationship. In an open letter on Facebook page, Ariel lamented the increased value placed on material possessions, saying she was thrilled to marry the "love of my life" at a courthouse and shared a picture of their big day.
"It isn't the ring that matters, it is the love that goes into buying one that is. We bought the rings and left. I would have gotten married to this man if it had been a 25 cent gumball machine ring," she added.
"When did our nation fall so far to think the only way a man can truly love a woman is if he buys her $3,000+ jewellery and makes a public decree of his affection with said flashy ring?
"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.”