When Ray Smith decided to propose to his now-fiancée, Claire Bramley, he wouldn’t settle for doing it the old fashioned way; instead, the man proposed to his girlfriend 148 times in selfies — all without her noticing. After finding out in June that Bramley was pregnant, Smith spent the next five months taking photos of himself with her, under the guise of documenting the pregnancy. But what was really happening was a seemingly endless stream of proposals, as Smith flashed a card with the message “Will you marry me?” in image after image, all without Bramley’s knowledge. It might be creepy if it weren’t so stinking cute.
Smith, 38, told the Mirror how he came up with the idea:
I have been planning to propose for a while and I knew I wanted to do something romantic, so I originally thought about popping the question in a hot air balloon. But then in June we received some great news that Claire was expecting a baby, which put a stop to that plan. So I had to have a rethink.
I searched online for unusual proposals and I saw ideas like flash mobs and that sort of thing. So I decided to come up with my own idea to take a picture every day for five months.
Bramley, 33, said she didn’t suspect a thing, and explained, “He told me he was taking the pictures to create memories for the baby so I just let him get on with it.” Most of the photos are of Bramley and Smith together, but Smith also got the couple’s family and friends to pose with his proposal message. The images track months of daily events, from hanging out at home to running errands; one image even shows Bramley standing directly in front of a television that bears the message “Will you marry me” in giant letters.
Smith finally showed Bramley the video on Christmas morning. She recalled, “I said yes straight away, I didn't need to think about it. I got a bit emotional but I am pregnant after all.”
Watch the whole saga below:
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