Dale Sharpe and Karlie Russell first bonded over their love of landscape photography seven years ago, so it’s only fitting that their proposal took place in one of the most stunning locations on Earth.
Under a celestial ballet of light dancing across the night sky, Dale proposed to his then-girlfriend Kylie. And his photo of the moment will put all others to shame.
Speaking to UNILAD, Dale, from the Gold Coast, Australia, said he thought of the idea five years ago: “I hadn’t thought that anybody else had done it and it just popped into my head and I thought I better do something pretty big and different or dramatic.”
And it definitely was:
As professional landscape photographers, Dale said he thought the idea of proposing under the Northern Lights would emulate their relationship. “It’s a bit of a reflection of what we like to do,” he said.
As for how he planned the stunning proposal, Dale told UNILAD:
It was only a few nights ago and the KP, which is the index for how you measure the aurora, was really really high for Norway so I decided the opportunity was then. Basically I got down on one knee but I tricked her into thinking it was a selfie so it was pretty funny because the whole time she was saying ‘hurry up I want to shoot the landscape’ but I managed to convince her.
But this isn’t the first time he’s tried to propose to Karlie.
After ‘saving up for ages’ for a $4,000 engagement ring, Dale said he originally planned to ask Karlie to marry him in Iceland last year.
Putting the ring in a moisturiser container, he gave it to his then-girlfriend claiming it was his mother’s. He told her not to lose it.
And you can pretty much guess what happened next.
We had to cut down weight when we were going between the UK and the Faroe Islands because of the small plane so she decided to throw it in the bin. So literally there is a wedding ring somewhere out there in a rubbish bin. I didn’t find out about it until I was going to propose to her in Iceland and I was looking for it everywhere in our camper van and it was nowhere to be seen. And then she told me what she did with it.
So Dale had to come up with plan B.
While the couple were in Norway, Dale said the KP – the index for how you measure the aurora borealis – was ‘really really high’, so he decided the opportunity was then.
He explained: “I got down on one knee but I tricked her into thinking it was a selfie so it was pretty funny because the whole time she was saying ‘hurry up I want to shoot the landscape’ but I managed to convince her.”
Moments later, the two were engaged and their incredible photo was born.
It’s going to be hard to top that one, guys.