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 sealed his fate: No problem, he said.
His father, Tim Kelly III, said Sunday that the wedding party faced big problems Saturday afternoon when the groom's wedding party neared its destination in El Dorado Hills and his son asked for the 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 ring box on top of the car when they drove off.
The senior Kelly, of Ridgefield, Wash., said he had a "sick feeling" and ran out to the parking lot to begin the search. He left the parking lot and 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 on East Bidwell Street, 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 III, 24, and Kaleigh Peel, 24, of El Dorado Hills were married with the slightly scratched ring at 5 p.m. Saturday in El Dorado County. The couple will make their home in San Francisco.