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Here's how the internet helped this couple track down their sensational proposal photo


michaeljohn Source: Facebook

MICHAEL JOHN KENT and his girlfriend Fiona Newlands went on holiday to Iceland last week from their home in Scotland.

Iceland coming up to Christmas was bound to be spectacular, but there was a major surprise in store for the pair of them.

iceland Source: Facebook

When they were in Reykjavik, Michael got down on one knee on the snowy street to ask Fiona to marry him – and luckily there was a woman passing by that snapped this sensational picture

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Fiona said yes

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She said yes.

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But as Michael explained after on Facebook, he hadn’t given the passerby the right email address – meaning that they would never see that gorgeous photo:

Dear Internet. Last night I proposed to Fiona Newlands in Iceland. A random woman took our picture as it happened (we didn’t know she was there). In the aftermath I didn’t take the ladies contact details and I’m worried I gave her the wrong email. If we could find that picture it’d be incredible. Below is the scene of the crime. If we can’t find it, that’s life I guess, I’m still very lucky.

So, he included the street that it happened on and pleaded with the internet to help him out

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Meanwhile in Reykjavik, Jessica Bowe – the female passerby - posted her lovely photo to Instagram unaware of Michael’s search

She just thought she had snapped a nice picture:

I was leaving Bravó after a few happy Friday beers and snapping some pics of the lovely falling snow…
I gave them a moment and then asked if they would like to have this picture as a memento. The man’s hands were trembling as he entered his email address on my phone, and I got some nice hugs of appreciation. Sometimes you’re just in the right place at the right time.

It was only after that she realised the email address must have been wrong – so she reached out to an Icelandic news organisation

iceland2 Source: Facebook

And with the search on back in Scotland thanks to Michael’s Facebook post going viral the original made its way to the couple.


Needless to say, Michael was delighted:

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 wrong on the night. Through me posting on Twitter we were reunited with the photo. I can’t believe it. I fucking love the internet.

While still in Iceland, the couple met up with their impromptu engagement photographer to say thanks

michaelagain Source: Facebook

Now they will always have the story of how *that* engagement photo came about.

Well played, everyone.

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