This has got to be the most romantic, and unique, proposal ever:
Ray Smith, a 38-year-old delivery driver from Grimsby, UK, spent 5 months sneaking the words “Will you marry me?” into photos of him and his pregnant girlfriend, 32-year-old Claire Bramley.
He took 148 photos in total, each with the words “Will you marry me?” cleverly hidden from Claire but visible to the camera.
“I searched online for unusual proposals and I saw ideas like flash mobs and that sort of thing,” Smith told the Metro. “So I decided to come up with my own idea to take a picture every day for five months.”
He told his girlfriend that he was taking the pictures to track the progress of the baby. Sneaky.
“I have been planning to propose for a while and I knew I wanted to do something romantic. In June we received some great news that Claire was expecting a baby, which put a stop to that plan.”
“Sometimes she wanted to see the pictures so I had to take more than one — one with the card and one without.”
As for Claire’s response? “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.”
“I had no clue, I was totally oblivious to it all,” said Claire.
“He told me he was taking the pictures to create memories for the baby so I just let him get on with it.”
“It was really stressful putting it all together, it took a lot of hard work. She nearly caught me a couple of times but I just had to pray it worked,” Ray said.
But it was worth it.
Ray even teased his future fiancee about proposing so she wouldn’t suspect anything.
“I actually started teasing her saying 2016 is a leap year, and she should actually propose to me.”
But finally, as Christmas approached, it was time.
“It was all a bit chaotic on Christmas Day morning so I took her away and set it all up on the laptop. I got down on one knee and gave her a bit of spiel, and then popped the question.”