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article imageImage of a sunrise proposal goes viral

By Leigh Goessl     Oct 16, 2012 in World
Bondi - A photographer unknowingly captured a private moment shared by a Sydney couple. While photographing an Australian beach at sunrise, he accidentally captured a marriage proposal.
A man had planned a quiet romantic moment at Bondi Beach, however, an unexpected turn of events made his proposal a very public one. The photographer, described as a university student, was snapping photos of the beach sunrise hundreds of meters away from the couple. It was later on after he examined his photos he noticed people in his shots, so he zoomed in.
"I saw the couple's silhouette on the cliff, so I started taking pictures with them in it because I thought it would be cool in the pictures,'' said Michael Keane, according to the Australian.
"It wasn't until I got home and was looking through my camera that I realised 'holy crap, he is down on one knee in this one, holy crap in this one before it he is in the PROCESS of getting down on one knee'", the 20-year-old amateur photographer from the Texas. "That's when I realised I had completely by accident just captured a wedding proposal.''
Screen grab of Michael Keane s accidental capture of couple getting engaged
Screen grab of Michael Keane's accidental capture of couple getting engaged
Michael Keane
The man posted the series of images on Reddit, and it was not long before the post went viral on the network. At time of publish, the post has almost 2,500 upvotes and over 300 comments.
Initially, it was not known who the couple was, however after friends of the couple saw the story appear on the web, the couple was told.
The couple has been identified as Steven McConnell, 32, and Irene Kotov, 29.
News Limited put the couple in touch with Keane, and the couple plans to frame the photos, telling the media, "It's really awesome".
"The funny thing about it is I really wanted this to be a private moment," McConnell told Ninemsn. "Some people propose in front of lots of people but I really wanted to keep it intimate just between me and her so it's kind of ironic how it turned out."
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