When it comes to love, there’s nothing like a big romantic gesture – but this man took things one step further with his hilarious proposal. Edi Okoro gave his girlfriend Cally Read a story to remember by taking photos of her with her engagement ring for a month – without her knowing!
Edi, 30, knew he had found the one in Cally – but he couldn’t think of the right way to pop the question.
He explained, “some plan a flash mob, a fancy meal, or even arrange a ‘marry me’ sign. I couldn’t do this because ‘Edi doesn’t plan’”.
Things were made even more difficult because Cally knew him so well – he went on, “the moment I planned a holiday or meal she would have clocked on to what I was about to do. Because of this I took the ring with me everywhere hoping the ‘moment’ would arise in line with my spontaneous style”.
One day, Cally almost caught him while he was sitting on their sofa and looking at the ring. Realising that he’d just had a close call, Edi had a moment of inspiration. He decided to photograph all of the possible moments that he could propose, until the perfect one came along – or until he got caught!
He didn’t hold back, either – whipping out the engagement ring for a quick photoshoot while Cally was busy on her phone, or looking the other way, or even asleep.
It travelled with them from their home in Hertfordshire, England, to a DIY store, and even to the beach, where Edi managed to snap a sneaky photo while Cally napped in the sunshine. Most boldly of all, he left the ring on her jewellery stand for two whole days without her noticing.
After a month of secretly photographing his girlfriend with the engagement ring, Edi finally found the perfect moment to show it to her for real – and to share his collection of photos, too! Of course, she said yes – and the ring now has a permanent home.