A nature Photographer got more than he bargained for when he stumbled across an intimate proposal in the woods.
Gary Glark had gone to his favourite woodland in Cleeve to photograph the beautiful bluebells when he stumbled across Nicholas Luker, 30, popping the question to Rebecca Ayling, 27.
Before the couple arrive Gary saw people setting up, putting up bunting between the trees and hanging photographs of the love-up pair.
The couple then arrived, and Gary, 53, captured the proposal on his camera.
But he didn't want to disturb their private moment, and so instead turned to Facebook to try to find them. He posted the pictures online and Rebecca and Nicholas, who are both teachers, got in touch.
The couple met at the secondary school where they work and have been together for nearly three years.
Nicholas had spent seven months planning how he would propose and decided to choose the bluebell field in North Somerset.
Rebecca said: “I had an idea that something might be up that morning, because Nick was acting oddly. I think he was very nervous.”
Under the guise of going for a walk to build up an appetite for lunch, Nick took her up to the bluebell wood.
The strings of photographs caught Rebecca’s eye and she went over to look - and recognised the pictures as holiday snaps from trips the couple had made.
She then noticed that the bunting spelt out ‘Will you marry me Rebecca Jane Ayling?’.
She said: ''I said yes before Nick had even got down on one knee,. When I went to look closer I realised that the pictures were me and Nick in various locations.
“They were pictures of us all over the world. At that point I realised what was coming.
“Beneath the bunting was a box that said ‘Nick and Becca 2018’ and inside was a bottle of champagne, chocolates and bridal magazines.”
Thoughtful Nick had taken inspiration from Pixar film Up and compiled an ‘adventure book’ chronicling their travels together.
And two coffee mugs were branded with the motto ‘the future Mrs Luker’.
Rebecca added: “He gave me a ring, I don’t know how much it cost but it is very sparkly. He had put a lot of thought and effort into it.”
Unknown to the couple, amateur photographer Gary Clark had ventured out with his camera to take pictures of the bluebell woods.
He snapped away as they embraced, and Rebecca said she would always be grateful that their moment was preserved.
She said: “Gary sent us the pictures, it’s lovely that it was preserved forever.”
Amateur photographer Gary said: "You can only see the bluebells a couple of weeks a year.
"It just looked so romantic, I thought I'd try and get a shot but they looked to be enjoying themselves so much I didn't want to disturb them.
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