Mystery Bondi proposal couple identified

By Martin Zavan, ninemsn
8:00pm October 15, 2012
October 15, 2012: A Sydney couple at the centre of a search after a photographer snapped them in the middle of a wedding proposal say they are shocked their romantic sunrise proposal turned up on the internet.

A couple whose Bondi Beach proposal was unwittingly photographed and became a viral hit have been identified as a pair of love-struck Sydney photographers.

Steven McConnell, 32, thought yesterday's proposal to fiancé Irene Kotov, 29, would be a private moment only the two would share — so he was shocked when his friends and family phoned him to say they had seen photos of their romantic encounter online.

The images, taken by a stranger from far away, were posted on Reddit this morning along with the comment: "accidentally captured a sunrise wedding proposal this morning at Bondi Beach in Sydney".

The photos quickly shot up to the site's front page where other users tried to help track down the mystery couple.

After ninemsn published an article about the search for the pair this afternoon, one of Mr McConnell's friends wrote in and identified them.

Mr McConnell told ninemsn finding the photos of his proposal was "completely unreal".

"The funny thing about it is I really wanted this to be a private moment," he said.

"Some people propose in front of lots of people but I really wanted to keep it intimate just between me and her so it's kind of ironic how it turned out."

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The couple, who have been dating for around 18 months and work together as photographers for Family Photography Sydney, said they were keen to meet the man who captured their proposal and get copies of the images that were viewed by thousands of web users before them.

The location at Bondi Beach holds a special significance for the couple — it is where they spent part of their first Valentine's Day together and they have visited the spot a number of times since then.

Perhaps because of its familiarity Ms Kotov said "it was a total surprise" when Steven popped the question.

The second picture in the series.

"I had a feeling it was approaching but I didn't know it was going to happen at that moment," she said.

"It was also my birthday that day."

Author: Martin Zavan, Approving editor: Matthew Henry

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