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Photographer Stumbles on Romantic NY Proposal, Asks Internet to Help Him Find Happy Couple

"I saw an aisle assembled from candles and rose petals, with people standing on each side with roses. Immediately, I knew there was about to be a proposal."

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    Photographer Stumbles on Romantic NY Proposal, Asks Internet to Help Him Find Happy Couple
    James Tran
    James Tran captured this image, but then had no way of getting it to the happy couple.

    He wasn't paid to be there, but a hobby photographer from New Jersey may have accidentally captured the perfect New York marriage proposal photograph.

    James Tran took a trip into Brooklyn on Saturday to take pictures of the Brooklyn Bridge Park on a snowy day.

    Instead of capturing the cold, he stumbled upon a romantic marriage proposal. 

    "As I was walking around, I noticed a bunch of people gathered," he said.

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    A Friday night arrest turned out to be a life-changing event for a young Mobile, Alabama, couple, but not in the way you'd expect.

    Shawna Blackmon was waiting for her boyfriend, Daiwon McPherson, to pick her up for a date when she received a phone call telling her he'd been pulled over by police. She knew McPherson was armed, and raced to the scene.

    All she could think about was one thing.

    "Me getting out and seeing that I felt like I can fix this, let me try to fix this and let me calm the situation down and let it work," McPherson said.

    She quickly ran to McPherson's side, telling the officers not to shoot.

    That's when things changed in the blink of an eye. McPherson dropped to one knee and proposed.

    The Mobile Police Department had been in on the plan the whole time. The officers used unloaded stun guns during the prank.

    Blackmon described it as the "perfect" proposal, though many who saw the video felt differently. Some posted on social media that there was nothing funny nor romantic about a staged police confrontation.

    McPherson apologized to anyone who took his proposal the wrong way.

    (Published Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016)

    "As I got a bit closer to investigate, I saw an aisle assembled from candles and rose petals, with people standing on each side with roses. Immediately, I knew there was about to be a proposal."

    He said he stuck around for the next few minutes as the woman was led by a friend down the makeshift aisle, being handed a rose by each person.

    Tran said he snapped a photo as the woman reached the love heart made from flowers on the icy ground. The beautiful image shows the happy couple inside the heart, with the Brooklyn Bridge wreathed in mist behind.

    "She said yes, and cheers ensued," Tran recalled.

    "But afterwards they seemed busy receiving hugs and kisses, so I didn't get their contact information."

    Keen to send the couple his accidental engagement photographs, he went to the web.

    Eric Charbonneau/Invision/AP

    Tran posted one of the photos he captured to community discussion website Reddit, asking for help finding the lovebirds.

    By Wednesday morning, a man on the site had come forward to say he was the person in the photograph.

    Tran was verifying whether the person was the subject of his photo, and planned to send the couple a range of photographs to remember the special day by.

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