This Marriage-Proposal Photo Snapped Under the Northern Lights Is a Must-See


Updated 03/08/17

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In case you were looking for inspiration for your marriage-proposal photos, the Internet just gifted us with one of the most stunning proposal pics we’ve seen in a long time.

Australian photographer Dale Sharpe, 34, proposed to his girlfriend (now fiancée!), Karlie Russell, 29, in front of the Northern Lights and got the engagement photo most couples dream about. But while it may look like a perfect moment on camera, getting to that moment wasn’t exactly an easy feat.

According to the Daily Mail Australia, Sharpe had planned to propose during a trip to Iceland nine months ago, hiding the ring inside a bottle of moisturizer in their luggage. When the couple found out their bag was overweight, Russell threw the moisturizer into an airport garbage can, having no idea that she was also throwing away her engagement ring.

“I didn’t know until weeks after, when we were in Iceland and I was looking everywhere for the ring,” Sharpe told Daily Mail Australia. “I asked her where the moisturizer was, and she told me she threw it out in the airport.”

Talk about a vacation-proposal nightmare....

After his failed first attempt, Sharpe saved up to buy a new ring (this poor guy!) and planned to try again on the couple’s seven-year anniversary, during a trip to the Arctic Circle. When he saw the spectacular display of Northern Lights, he changed his mind and got down on one knee right then and there.

Sharpe happens to be a landscape photographer, which helped him capture the spectacular moment on film. When the lights started glowing, he set up a light behind them and put his camera on a timer, then pulled the engagement ring out and proposed.

“I tricked Karlie into believing we were shooting a selfie & used a torch to light us up for the image. Much to her shock, it wasn’t any normal selfie, and much to my shock, she said yes!” he wrote in an Instagram caption.

The couple, who are both photographers (Russell specializes in landscapes too), doesn’t have any images of themselves hanging in their home. Thankfully, they plan to make an exception for this one.

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