A Scots couple are over the moon after a dog walker who secretly snapped their romantic engagement, tracked them down through the power of social media.
James McCaig popped the question to his now fiance, Lisa Muirhead, at Seamill Beach, North Ayrshire on Saturday.
The lovebirds, from Hamilton, South Lanarkshire, had no idea that their big moment was caught on camera by another couple.
Claire-Anne Ogilby, 23 and Connor Gorman, 24, were out walking their dogs when they spotted the romantic gesture and took a few photos.
Claire-Anne and Connor approached the couple at the beach car park but took down the wrong phone number.
Desperate to track them down, Claire-Anne, from Greenock, shared the images on social media in a bid to get the photos to the newly engaged couple.
Claire-Anne’s Facebook appeal read: “So Connor and I were at Seamill beach with the dogs and witnessed this lovely couple getting engaged.
“I snapped some quick photos and I got the girls’ number but I must have taken it down wrong so I can’t send these to her.
“I’m hoping the power of Facebook will help me find this lovely couple so they can have these photos if you guys can share I’m sure they’d be grateful.”
Miraculously they found the loved-up pair online and surprised them with sweet snaps of the moment they got engaged.
Delighted James, 28, told the Record: “We couldn’t believe it.
“When I proposed to Lisa the whole world faded away.
“It felt like we were the only ones on the beach, obviously we weren’t!”
Software engineer, James matched with 25-year-old microbiologist, Lisa on dating app, Tinder in May 2017.
“It was love at first sight with Lisa, I just knew she was different,” James added.
“Our first date was at cocktail bar, Blue Dog in Glasgow and it’s been amazing from then on.”
For the first year of their whirlwind romance, doting boyfriend James would often travel from his work in Bellshill to pick Lisa up from lectures at Glasgow Caledonian University, before heading to her them home in Beith, North Ayrshire.
The pair moved in together in 2018.
James had been planning a marriage proposal from Christmas last year.
“I just knew Lisa was the one and was so excited to marry her, it’s like having your best friend around all the time,” he said.
“But I wanted to pick the right moment.
“I knew I wanted to spend the rest of my life with Lisa on our fourth date.
“We watched the sun go down at Portencross Castle, her favourite place, in West Kilbride.”
He added: “Saturday was a really sunny day, we wanted to go for a walk and I had the ring in my pocket so I thought, ‘this is the day’ and went for it.
“The Portencross Castle car park was closed so we headed to nearby Seamill Beach.
“When I got down on one knee Lisa was in total panic, she couldn’t believe it and was screaming.
“Of course she said yes.”
James and Lisa told the Record they are ‘so thankful’ for Claire-Anne’s kind gesture.
“It was so nice of her to think to take the photos,” he added.
“It made our already special moment even more special.
“Now onto wedding planning, once coronavirus calms down we hope to get married inside Portnecross Castle, then onto one of the wedding venues at Seamill.
“It’s such a special place to us.”