It took five months for Ray Smith to finish proposing to his girlfriend, because his elaborate proposal consisted of him taking 148 pictures in which he popped the question. Smith’s now fiancée Claire Bramley somehow never realized that her partner had spent months taking pictures of the two of them while displaying a card that read “Will you marry me.” Finally on Christmas Day, Smith asked Bramley to her face. This time she figured out what was happening, and said yes.

Smith was able to hide his proposal for so long by claiming his photo obsession was related to Bramley’s pregnancy. “I told her I was taking the pictures to track the progress of the baby, which was a little bit of a ruse,” Smith told the Grimsby Telegraph.

“I was totally oblivious to it all,” Bramley added. If she had no idea her boyfriend was asking a very important question in all their selfies, then who knows what everyone else is missing in the pictures they pose for.

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