By Alexandra Whittaker
Updated Apr 11, 2018 @ 2:30 pm

When Emily Ratajkowski tied the knot earlier this year, her fans were a little caught off guard, mostly since she'd only been seeing Sebastian Bear-McClard for a few months. Even so, they married at City Hall in New York, and like all romantic fairytale proposals, this one involves a beautiful silver engagement ri—ah wait. Not a ring. A beautiful silver paper clip.

Yes, EmRata was proposed to with a paper clip, but before you dare judge Bear-McClard, the engagement story is actually adorable.

EmRata and husband lead
Credit: Axelle/Bauer-Griffin

"He proposed to me at Minetta Tavern, and he didn’t have a ring so I was like, 'mmm, nah,'" Ratajkowski told Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show this week. "And then he took the paper clip that the bill was paid with and made me a ring which I actually thought was really romantic."

Unconventional? Yes. Adorable? Also yes.

While the paper clip ring was certainly sweet, the couple did decide to upgrade them, and they took matters into their own hands by making the replacements themselves.

"We walked into Chinatown and bought a little piece of, like an ounce of gold, and he was like, ‘We’ll melt down the gold and make the rings.’ Right, so I was like, ‘I just don’t see us melting down gold, like that just seems kind of difficult. But then he ended up going to some store in midtown and met this nice man—this is the night before our wedding, by the way—and this very nice Israeli man was like, ‘I know how to do that.’" she recalled.

"So we came into his studio after-hours and then we actually hammered them out, the whole thing, used a little blow torch, yeah. And they were supposed to be temporary rings but now I’m very attached and I really don’t want to get rid of it. I just feel like making it yourself, like could you be more personal, really?"

Personal, indeed.