It goes without saying that a proposal is a big step in any relationship. And when offered a lifetime of commitment to another person, some like to go above and beyond to make the moment incredibly romantic by hiring a full on band, say, or through popping the question to special destination. Often, too, the request of marriage comes totally out of the blue for the one being proposed to. That may have been the case when Michael Kent and Fiona Newlands were in the Northern European nation of Iceland on a trip that Kent had decided to make even more memorable. Hello, wonderful people.
Yes, when the British couple were wandering around the capital of Rekhovic, Kent got down on one knee and their surroundings couldn’t have been more picture perfect. Newlands and Kent got engaged, surrounding by snow on a quiet street and under a Bell made up of fairy lights loaded. Kent and Newlands know at the time, however, that they had company a stranger who immortalized the proposal by taking a snap of the proceedings. Indeed, the couple were initially so overwhelmed that they didn’t notice the photographer. It was only when she approached them that they realized that she’d been there the whole time.
And graciously, the mystery woman offered to share her image with the newly engaged pair. Kent and no one is accepted, of course. So with shaky hands, Kent Typed out his email address in order for the photographer to send the picture across. However, Kent didn’t receive any email, leading him to believe that he may have mistyped the contact information he had given. Nor had he any way of getting in touch with the photographer, meaning the chances of seeing her again were pretty slim.
In 2015, Kent explained the situation to today, saying, we went back to our apartment, I checked, and there was just no email. So I went, oh, I wonder if I put it in wrong. So I worried and the next day it still wasn’t there, but he wasn’t going to give up entirely. Instead, Kent decided to employ the power of social media to find the person in question, he posted on Facebook. Dear Internet, Last night I proposed a Fiona Newlands in Iceland.
A random woman took our picture and as it happened, we didn’t know she was there. In the aftermath, I didn’t take the lady’s contact details and I’m worried I gave her the wrong email. Kent went on to say that it would be just a nice surprise to get the photo, although it wouldn’t end the world if he didn’t. If we could get that picture, it would be incredible, he wrote. And he added, in reference to a photo of the street where the proposal had taken place.
Below is the scene of the crime. If we can’t find the picture, that’s life. I guess I’m still very lucky. However, at first, Kent’s post attracted Congratulations rather than any information on the photographer well wishes flooded in with one Commenter writing, oh, you big romantic, you. Congratulations to you both.
But although the messages have been well received, they didn’t help Kent with this case. The post was shared dozens of times, to no avail too. As a result, then Kent decides to take his quest onto Twitter, tagging a handful of accounts from Iceland in his plea for help on the social media site. And thankfully, the tweet caught the right eyes, since one Twitter user replied to say that they recognized just chute Kent was looking for. They wrote, I know this woman, her name is Jessica Arbo.
Kent’s delight shown through too, when he replied, Jessica Arbo, oh thank God, thank you so much. Bo, who was originally from Wisconsin, had been a resident in Iceland for seven years at the time when the photograph had been taken, and on her way home from the pub on the evening of the proposal, she had come across Kent and Newland standing in the snow. In fact, it had been the snow that had initially charmed Bo and led her to get her camera out. Then, out of nowhere, Kent and Newland walked into view. He had gotten on one knee, and Bo had taken the shot of the pair, and Bo later admitted that she had been overwhelmed to witness the proposal.
She told Today, I can’t say I was more excited than them, but I was pretty excited, she carried on. I was just standing there in shock, thinking, Is this happening? Is this what I think it is? It was surreal. It was like a scene from a movie.
Sometimes you’re just in the right place at the right time, Beau added. She also recalled seeing Kent’s hands shaking when he passed on his contact details, adding, the man’s hands were trembling as he entered his email address on my phone. Then, when she got home, Bowie tried to email Kent the picture. Ultimately, though, the message failed to send and that setup left the snapper disheartened, not least because the couple had seemed so thrilled to receive the Photo, Bo told Today, I kind of panicked, thinking, oh God, they were so excited to have this photo and now they’re not going to get it. But that didn’t stop her from sharing the image with the world via her personal Instagram account.
By way of explanation for the incredible reception the photos received then, Bo told Today, Amidst everything that’s happening in the world right now, it’s just nice to see a little humanity happening, and I think that’s a big part of why the image has been picked up and spread as widely as it has, and Kent’s efforts eventually had the reward as he and his fiance got to meet Bo again, he posted a snap of the get together on Instagram too, with the caption Reunited with at Jr Bow, the photographer of the now infamous picture. Furthermore, Kent took to Facebook to express his elation at eventually finding the mystery photographer. There, he wrote, I can’t believe what’s happened. The woman who took the picture of me proposing to Fiona in the street posted it online after I put my email in on the wrong night. Through me posting on Twitter, we were reunited with the photo.
I can’t believe it. When today asked Kent and Newland whether they would invite Bo to their wedding, however, Kent laughed and said that they hadn’t even decided on a date yet. He added, Honestly, we don’t know what we’re going to do. But of course she’s more than welcome if she can make it. But Ken and Newlands aren’t the only couple to have their proposal snapped by a stranger.
In 2018, a similar story emerged of a photographer who captured a man popping the question to his girlfriend while the pair stood on a cliff edge in Yosemite National Park. More specifically, the two had been at Taft .1 of the Park’s many landmarks, and this time around, Matthew Dippel had taken the shot of the proposal, although he’d actually been lying in wait to snap his friend Josh at the cliff edge. Upon having captured the image, however, Dippel was eager to uncover the identity of the happy couple. And much as Kent had done when trying to find his own mystery photographer, the Michigan man went on to Facebook in order to begin the search. Dippel posted on the social media network.
All right, internet, I need your help. Help me find these two. This was taken at Taff Point in Yosemite National Park on October 6, 2018. I took this photo and I would love for them to find it since the Snapper made his request. Moreover, the post has been shared more than 200 times.
It’s also received a staggering 12,000 reactions. Nor did some hesitate to comment on the beauty of the shot, with one Facebook user writing, Congrats, this must be every photographer’s dream photo. Then, just ten days after the initial plea was made, Dippel announced that he discovered the identities of the couple. He explained on Facebook update, I found them. Everyone meet Charlie bear and his fiance Melissa, the happy, happy couple that was out on the point in my TASPO proposal.
In short, I captured the second proposal, the more special and official one. In Charlie’s words, Dippel continued, Huge Congratulations to you too. I wish I was able to meet you in person and hug you. I’m glad I finally found you to share the special moment with you. Thanks for being so awesome and maybe one day we’ll finally meet in person.