Matt Taylor, 32, shocked his girlfriend of six years Becky Kidner, 28, by producing an engagement ring seconds before the old-fashioned photo booth bulb began to flash.
The perfectly-timed photos taken in the booth show bride-to-be Miss Kidner’s shock – then sheer joy as she accepts her boyfriend’s surprise proposal.
The snappy couple, from Shipley, in West Yorkshire, were enjoying a romantic weekend away in Manchester when Mr Taylor planned his unique proposal.
Miss Kidner, 28, explained: “Matt said he was taking me away for the weekend to Manchester, which we nicknamed Romanchester, I did think for a moment ‘I wonder if he might propose?’ but then quickly thought no.
“I thought it was just for a nice weekend away.
“I knew one day we would get married, but that moment in particular was a complete surprise”.
Mr Taylor had chosen the location of his proposal after the couple, who work together at Leeds University, discovered a shared love of photo booths when holidaying together in Vienna, Austria.
Miss Kidner said: “There’s something about the black and white old photos which we both love, and being able to look back on these moments in time and reminisce.
“Since we realised we both share a love of them we have to have our pictures taken whenever we see a booth.
“We were both quite emotional for the rest of the day, calling our family and getting so many lovely responses from all our friends and family was overwhelming.
“Everyone is so happy for us, and we’re super happy”.
The West Yorkshire lovers have been together for a little under six years, after meeting through an online dating site and braving a first date in a pub in Leeds, on September 3, 2008.
Miss Kidner recalls their first meeting: “Our original plan was to go for a casual coffee, but having been at work all day and being nervous we decided to go for an alcoholic drink instead.
“I’m an artist so I showed him some of my drawings, and he let me listen to one of the tunes he’d made.
“We really hit it off and conversation flowed very well which was great”
Miss Kidner and Mr Taylor are now set to get married in September next year, and have already started to save for their big day.
Mr Taylor said: “The day of the proposal was a bit nerve-wracking, there was even a moment when I thought I was going to be rumbled.
“In the end I can’t believe how well it went, the photo strip came out so well that people think it looks staged but it really isn’t.
“I feel so incredibly lucky to have met Becky, I can’t imagine a life without her”.
Looking through the perfectly timed photo strip of their engagement – it’s clear that whoever is picked to be the couple’s official wedding photographer has a lot to live up to.