A 38-year old man proposed to his girlfriend in secret over 5 months. Ray Smith, from Grimsby, UK, was thinking of unusual ways to propose to his pregnant girlfriend, Claire Bramley, when inspiration struck. He played with idea of proposing to her in a hot air balloon and read up on flash mobs, but settled on his project of taking photos of the couple every day for 5 months with a “will you marry me?” message hidden in each one.
Telling his girlfriend that he was taking pictures for their future baby, the idea still wasn’t without challenges: “I told her I was taking the pictures to track the progress of the baby, which was a little bit of a ruse. Sometimes she wanted to see the pictures so I had to take more than one – one with the card and one without.”
Smith took a total of 148 photos. His project culminated on Christmas day, when Claire was shown a video compilation of the photos. Happily, she accepted the proposal: “I was totally surprised, but in hindsight it’s exactly the kind of thing he does…I said yes straight away, I didn’t need to think about it, she said.