Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

This woman didn't notice her boyfriend proposing to her - 148 times

ThinkstockPhotos-91741990.jpg

At some point, your friends have probably accused you of being totally oblivious to what somebody's trying to tell you. But spare a thought for Claire Bramley, who didn’t notice that her boyfriend had proposed to her 148 times - through the medium of the selfie. 

Bramley’s now-fiancé, Ray Smith, spent five months taking photos of the couple together, secretly flashing a sign reading ‘Will you marry me?’ in each one, before finally proposing on Christmas Day.  

proposal

Smith told the Mirror that he'd been planning on proposing during a hot air balloon ride, but that plan was scuppered in June when the couple discovered that Bramley, 33, was pregnant. After researching ideas online, he came up with the idea of a string of secret proposal selfies, which he then compiled into a (very sweet) YouTube video

The images track the couple’s daily lives for almost half a year, from hanging out at home to dinner dates and days out in their hometown of Grimsby. In time-honoured novelty proposal tradition, Smith, 38, also roped in the couple’s family, friends and co-workers to help. Our favourite, by far, are these absolute heroes:

Proposal 2

Presuming that her boyfriend was just documenting her pregnancy, Bramley didn’t suspect a thing. (Quickly, though - have we inadvertantly discovered the only person in the world who never asks to see a photo of themselves after it's been taken?! We're deeply, deeply impressed by Bramley's lack of vanity.)

Smith finally showed Bramley the video on Christmas morning. “I said yes straight away,” she told the Mirror. "I didn't need to think about it. I got a bit emotional, but I am pregnant after all.”

Watch the full proposal video below:

Related

ThinkstockPhotos-503540490.jpg

The Instagram clichés we're all guilty of in one mesmerising video

7_humor_summer2015.jpg

Behold the funniest wedding pictures of 2015

rexfeatures_5528378dw.jpg

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Jason Statham are engaged

bread facing.JPG

Bread facing: Meet the woman taking the internet by storm

this-new-marchesa-wedding-dress-collab-is-ridiculously-dreamy-1613501-1452044316.640x0c.jpg

Marchesa announces beautiful new wedding dress collaboration

man-kissing-cat.jpg

Man brilliantly recreates his sister's baby posts - with a cat

Capture.PNG

Couple go viral with unusual post-wedding celebration

proposal.jpg

The amazing story behind this fairytale proposal

10881617_10154981582160564_7551376330382287938_n.jpg

Is this the most innovative wedding proposal ever?

More

The best A-list Instagrams from the week so far

From Madonna’s touching tribute to a Cruel Intentions reunion

by Nicola Colyer
18 Oct 2017

Cher is starring in the Mamma Mia! sequel and we can’t wait for 2018

Can you hear the drums, Fernando?

by Susan Devaney
18 Oct 2017

Game of Thrones’ Lena Headey shares shocking sexual harassment story

“I got in my car and cried”

by Susan Devaney
18 Oct 2017

Jennifer Lawrence was forced into a naked line-up by a producer

In the name of weight-loss “inspiration”

by Amy Swales
17 Oct 2017

Abigail Breslin’s photo reveals how domestic abuse can stay with you

The actor has opened up about the realities of living with PTSD

17 Oct 2017

“Why Liar is proof that TV's depiction of rape is damaging to women”

The proliferation of rape in TV and film is a real problem for the representation of women

by Harriet Hall
17 Oct 2017

Nigella Lawson reveals why red is the ultimate foodie colour

As she tracks her gastronomic love affair with all things crimson

by Stylist
17 Oct 2017

Reese Witherspoon says she was sexually assaulted at 16 by a director

“Producers made me feel that silence was a condition of my employment”

by Amy Swales
17 Oct 2017

Courtney Love tried to warn us about Harvey Weinstein in 2005

This video shows her speaking out against Weinstein over a decade ago

by Susan Devaney
17 Oct 2017

Hillary Clinton praises NHS after receiving medical treatment in UK

Clinton spoke about the UK’s health service during an appearance on The Graham Norton Show

by Moya Crockett
17 Oct 2017