Stranger captures stunning photo of proposal, search for couple goes viral

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Man Uses Instagram to Find Couple After Capturing Photo of Their Engagement
It was a picture perfect night in Reykjavik, Iceland when Michael John Kent proposed to his girlfriend, Fiona Newlands. So perfect in fact, that a passerby, Jessica Bowe, unwittingly captured one of the most important moments in the couples' life while snapping photos of the beautiful scenery.

Desperately wanting to share the photo, Bowe enlisted the help of the Internet to help her find the couple-- and the online community did not disappoint.

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Bowe, an American who has lived in Reykjavik for several years, told The Reykjavik Grapevine that while walking home from Bravó on Friday night, she decided to stop and take a picture of the snow falling on Skólavörðustigur. As she was taking pictures, the couple walked up the street, and before her eyes, the man got down on one knee and proposed to his girlfriend.

As the only passerby who saw it happen, Jessica captured the moment from a distance in a picture. Afterwards, she said in her Instagram post that she approached the couple and took down the man's email address to share the photo with them. But only after the moment was over did Bowe realize that a mistake had been made. "When I got home after taking the photo, I checked my 'sent mail' folder and noticed nothing there," said Jessica. "I found the email with the photo stuck in my outbox, lingering with no email address. It was a bit of a panic moment. So I went to Plan B: the power of the internet."

Bowe got in touch with Grapevine, who posted the picture on their own Instagram, asking for help from anyone who could put her in touch with the couple. The caption read:
"If you happen to be from the UK, and happen to be travelling in Reykjavik, and happen to have gotten engaged at midnight on Friday night, we want you to have this memento of your special moment. Get in touch!"
Little did Bowe know, the couple was trying just as hard to get in touch with her.

"Dear Internet. Last night I proposed to Fiona Newlands in Iceland." Kent posted on Facebook the day after the engagement. "A random woman took our picture as it happened (we didn't know she was there). In the aftermath I didn't take the ladies contact details and I'm worried I gave her the wrong email. If we could find that picture it'd be incredible. Below is the scene of the crime. If we can't find it, that's life I guess, I'm still very lucky."

Dear Internet. Last night I proposed to Fiona Newlands in Iceland. A random woman took our picture as it happened (we...

Posted by Michael John Kent on Saturday, November 28, 2015

Luckily, the Internet gods answered both of their prayers, and the couple was able to reunite with Bowe and receive their photo.

Reunited with @jrbowe, the photographer of the now infamous picture.

A photo posted by Michael John Kent (@themichaelkent) on

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