By Olivia Scheck
MANHATTAN — Before he could pop the question, the ring popped out of his pocket.
Musician Trey Turner was about to propose to his girlfriend, Kelsey Kramer, on the Brooklyn Bridge when he dropped a diamond engagement ring through the bridge's wooden planks, CBS News and the New York Post reported.
"I heard a click and I turned around and he was just white as snow and in shock," Kramer, a Brooklyn nurse, told CBS.
"He looked at me and he said 'Will you marry me?' and I said 'Of course I'll marry you!' and he said 'Without a ring?' And I said 'Of course!'"
The two decided to get each other's initials tattooed on their ring fingers instead, according to CBS.
But Turner's understanding fiancé didn't have to go ringless for long – just two days later, the couple got a call from the New York City Department of Transportation, the network said.
After hours of searching, city construction worker Doug Reese recovered the ring on scaffolding, which had been erected for the bridge's ongoing renovation, according to the Post.
"Now that it's a happy ending everyone has permission to make fun of me," Turner, who was on the road with his band, told CBS via phone.
A similar diamond disaster occurred on the bridge last year, when Long Island teacher Don Walling dropped the ring he was about to give to his girlfriend onto the Brooklyn Bridge roadway below, NBC reported. Walling quickly jumped down into the traffic lane below and retrieved the ring, while his sister-in-law caught the whole thing on videotape.