Dale Sharpe has been wanting to marry his girlfriend, Karlie Russell, for five years. That may seem like a long time to wait when you're sure about someone, but it seems like Dale had an elaborate plan in mind for the perfect moment. And honestly, it paid off. Both he and Karlie are landscape photographers.
According to The Daily Mail, they Australian couple travels quite a bit. In fact, they've traveled to see the Aurora Borealis 30 times, which is more often than I've been to New Jersey. Nine months ago, Dale planned to pop the question during a trip to the Arctic Circle under the Northern Lights, saying, "I hadn't heard or seen anyone do it before, and I wanted to do something different from everybody else."
Unfortunately, it didn't work out. Karlie threw the ring away before he could.
The $4,000 engagement ring was hidden in a bottle of moisturizer. Dale had told Karlie the bottle was very expensive and belonged to his mother, thinking that would keep it safe until the big proposal. Nope. On the flight from the Faroe Islands to Iceland, their luggage was overweight, and without Dale realizing it, Karlie tossed the moisturizer and its romantic contents in the trash. He didn't even know until much later while looking for the ring for their big moment. He saved up and bought another ring, and tried to wait for the seven year anniversary of their relationship. But he told the Daily Mail that on that night, the lights were just too beautiful to resist.
And look at them:
Lofoten, Norway… ______________________________________ WE'RE ENGAGED! What a better way to propose than in the heart of the Arctic Circle under the Northern Lights. It's taken a few years to plan but I always had this moment in mind & it seemed fitting as we are both landscape photographers who share a passion for photographing the aurora. Originally I was going to propose in Iceland last year but unfortunately Karlie decided to discard my secretly stashed ring (yes, that actually happened 😂 lol, we were trying to cut weight on a connecting flight from the Faroe Islands). Fortunately though my plan worked & tonight the aurora was firing in one of the most incredible displays of colour we have ever seen. I tricked Karlie into believing we were shooting a selfie & used a torch to light us up for the image. Much to her shock, it wasn't any normal selfie, and much to my shock, she said yes! 😝 This is a single image that was taken during the proposal. And now we may not have any of our own images up hanging on our walls at home...we may however, make an exception for this one. 💍 Dale & Karlie
Dale set up a flashlight to give them an otherworldly glow, then asked Karlie to come take a selfie with him. She readily agreed, and the camera was set on a timer. She was completely shock when he went down on one knee. "I kept talking over him, saying what are you doing, what are you doing," says Karlie, "He was trying to get the words out but, because I was in complete shock, I tried to talk over him."
Dettifoss, Iceland… _________________________________ We've had some pretty bad luck on this trip so far with a couple of things but thankfully we have been getting some amazing light. Right now as we are posting this image the Northern Lights are lighting up the sky. For now though, we are off to the North Eastern corner of Iceland in hope of more clear skies over a spot that has taken us a long time to find. So fingers crossed & wish us luck! Dale & Karlie _________________________________ Taken on our @nikonaustralia D810. Thanks to @campingiceland for getting us there! _________________________________ For anyone interested in a ‘One on One’ photography workshop, or some excellent prices on any @nisifiltersaustralia, feel free to send us a message! 🙂
The couple says that though they take photos, they don't have any of their own images hanging up in their home. But, Dale says, "But this is one image that we want to keep for ourselves, and hang up on the wall." Well, obviously none of us can top this engagement photo, but it does inspire me to go see the Northern Lights. Who knows what could happen out there?
The Aurora Highway (Hamnøy), Norway... ______________________________________ After a really long night of shooting Aurora we were almost home at 4:30am when we looked up from our car windscreen to see an explosion of green dancing above us. We pulled over the side of the road, desperately looking for places we could shoot at nearby...but then we looked up & went "why not here?!" Lol 😂 The road was the perfect leading line into the streaming Aurora overhead & love how it turned out... Dale & Karlie ______________________________________ Taken on the @nikonaustralia D810 & 14-24mm lens. For anyone interested in a ‘One on One’ photography workshop, or some prices on any @nisifiltersaustralia, feel free to send us a message!