This article originally appeared in Mirror.
A couple’s perfectly planned proposal photoshoot was ruined when a cyclist rode through key moment in the romantic scene.
Blake Martin ’16, 25, had spent months planning the proposal – choosing to pop the question to his girlfriend Shannon Keene ’16, 24, on a wooden bridge in a park in Kentucky, USA.
The hopeless romantic had even hired a photographer to capture and hold on to the memories of the proposal moment forever.
But things didn’t go quite to plan when an oblivious cyclist in a bright orange jacket whizzed straight through the couple as Blake was down on one knee.
Blake, a chemical engineering PhD student, said the man apologized quickly before continuing on his way.
The funny moment on November 9 was captured on camera by photographer Christine Calacsan, a friend of the couple.
Blake, of Louisville, Kentucky, said: “I had been planning this proposal for about three months.
“I was extremely nervous. It all happened so fast. I got down on one knee and this orange blur just zipped by and screamed ‘Sorry’. It was nuts.”
Law student Shannon added: “I thought we were just going to pose for fun.
“We were on this little bridge when Blake asked me to look out over the creek for a photo which I thought was dumb.
“I did not know why he wanted me to pose on my own during a couple’s photo shoot. When I turned around he was on one knee.
“I was so shocked. He started saying: ‘I love you so much, I want to spend my life with you. Will you marry me?’
“It was at this exact moment this man flies by on a bike so fast I hardly even registered it.”
Despite the disruption Shannon, who has dated Blake for four years, accepted her boyfriend’s sweet proposal.
The couple, who live in Louisville, said the amusing moment made the proposal even more memorable.
Shannon said: “It wasn’t until after we hugged that Christine said: “You won’t believe the photo I got”.
“When we saw it we both cracked up. It was a good reminder that you shouldn’t take things too seriously.
Blake added: “Afterwards I was like ‘What in the world was this guy thinking?’ When we saw the photo we just laughed.
“It made the proposal so much more special because it was unique.”
The happy couple, who met while studying in Centre College, Kentucky, plan to wed in 2020.
by Patricia Murphy & Abigail O’Leary—Mirror