The minister asked the routine question at Tim Kelly IV's wedding rehearsal dinner on Friday: "Do you trust your best man to take care of the wedding ring?"
That's when Kelly, 24, sealed his fate: No problem, he said.
His father, Tim Kelly III, said Sunday that the wedding party faced big problems on Saturday afternoon when members of the groom's wedding party neared the the site of the wedding in El Dorado Hills and his son asked for the bride's ring.
Moments later, the elder Kelly said he got a frantic call from his son asking him to look around the Courtyard Marriott in Folsom. He said the best man apparently left the wedding ring box on top of the car when they drove off for wedding photos before the ceremony.
The senior Kelly, of Ridgefield, Wa., said he had a "sick feeling" and he ran out to the parking lot to begin the search. He left the parking lot, ran over to East Bidwell Street, heading to the Highway 50 ramp. He found the wedding ring box, broken and empty.
For the next 25 minutes, he and others in the wedding party searched five lanes, drawing lots of attention from passing cars and at least a dozen inquiries.
A sheriff's deputy happened by and he and his ride-along passenger joined the search. The ride-along spotted the ring next to a storm drain.
Kelly said Sunday he wanted to let people know, "We found the ring."
Kelly IV and Kaleigh Peel, 24, of El Dorado Hills were married - with the slightly scratched ring - at 5 p.m. in El Dorado County. The couple will make their home in San Francisco.