38 year old Ray Smith wanted to plan the perfect proposal for his girlfriend Claire Bramley, 33, so he had the idea to take a picture everyday for 5 months with a secret Will you marry me? sign hidden in each one. He finally put them all together to deliver the ultimate marriage proposal and of course she said yes!
I originally thought about popping the question in a hot air balloon, said Ray
"I have been planning to propose for a while and I knew I wanted to do something romantic"
In June we received some great news that Claire was expecting a baby, which put a stop to that plan
I decided to come up with my own idea to take a picture every day for five months
I told her I was taking the pictures to track the progress of the baby
Sometimes she wanted to see the pictures so I had to take more than one one with the card and one without
I had no clue, I was totally oblivious to it all, said Claire
He told me he was taking the pictures to create memories for the baby so I just let him get on with it
It was really stressful putting it all together, it took a lot of hard work. She nearly caught me a couple of times but I just had to pray it worked
Ray went so far as to tease his future fiancee about proposing
I actually started teasing her saying 2016 is a leap year, and she should actually propose to me
But finally, as Christmas approached, it was time
It was all a bit chaotic on Christmas Day morning so I took her away and set it all up on the laptop. I got down on one knee and gave her a bit of spiel, and then popped the question