MARTIN, Tenn. - A Tennessee woman's Facebook post about her wedding rings has quickly gone viral.
Last month, Ariel Desiree McRae shared a picture of the two rings she proudly wears, given to her by the love of her life.
"My husband doesn't have a lot, neither of us do," McRae said. "We scrape and scrape to pay bills and put food in our bellies."
McRae said ahead of her wedding, she didn't care about jewelry - she just wanted to marry her best friend. However, it meant a lot to her now-husband, Quinn, to buy her a ring.
The couple saved up enough money to purchase two matching sterling silver rings.
"That's what sits on my ring finger, and I am so in love with them," McRae said.
As they were purchasing the rings, McRae said a woman at the jewelry store made a rude comment that left her in shock.
"She said, 'Y'all, can you believe that some men get these as engagement rings? How pathetic.'"
McRae said after that, she watched her husband's face fall.
"It isn't the ring that matters, it is the love that goes into buying one that is," McRae told the woman as they bought the rings and left the store.
The McRaes eloped and got married in a court house.
"I would have gotten married to this man if it has been a 25-cent gum ball machine ring. 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+ jewelry and makes a public decree of his affection with said flashy ring? Sure they are nice, sure the sentiment is wonderful and I'm not trying to cut down any of your experiences, but when did it come to all that? Why do material possessions equate love??"
McRae said her husband was so afraid of her not wanting him because he couldn't afford a piece of jewelry, but that was never the case.
"Here I am," she said. "Court-House married, $130 ring set, the love of my life by my side and happier than I could ever imagine."
Her Facebook post has been shared more than 44,000 times and has more than 41,000 likes.