One man wanted to give his girlfriend a proposal with style, so he decided to propose 148 times — without her knowing.
So from July 31 until Christmas Eve of 2015, Ryan Smith, 33, only proposed to Claire Bramley, 28, by taking a photo while strategically hiding a card that read “Will you marry me?” Smith took 148 photos in total, which are now part of a video that’s now been viewed more than 1,000,000 times.
Smith told Metro UK that he was able to get Bramley to agree to so many photos because she recently became pregnant.
“I told her I was taking the pictures to track the progress of the baby, which was a little bit of a ruse,” he said.
He says “It was hard work not getting caught. I took numerous photos in case she asked to see them and I’d show her the ones I wanted.”
Throughout the video, Smith’s proposals show up in any number of creative ways: On signs, notes, even a TV screen. And Bramley never caught on.
“I had no clue, I was totally oblivious to it all,” she told Metro UK. “He told me he was taking the pictures to create memories for the baby so I just let him get on with it.”
But after 147 proposals, Smith realized he had to do it the old-fashioned way: Face-to-face.
“It was all a bit chaotic on Christmas Day morning, so I took her away and set it all up on the laptop,” he said. “I got down on one knee and gave her a bit of spiel, and then popped the question.”
And he got the answer he hoped for! “I said ‘yes’ straight away; I didn’t need to think about it,” said Bramley. “I got a bit emotional, but I am pregnant after all.”
Congratulations to the adorable (and enterprising) soon-to-be-Mr. and Mrs.!