Photographer stumbles upon stranger’s cliffside proposal and can’t resist taking snaps

A photographer out for a walk happened to stumble upon a couple’s romantic cliffside engagement at sunset and couldn’t resist snapping a few pictures of the pair to surprise them

Lui passed just at the right moment

A couple have become an online sensation after their cliffside engagement was caught on camera by a passing photographer.

Dan Rutterford, 31 popped the big question to partner Kay Lewis, 43, in what he thought was a totally secluded spot on the Cornish coastline.

And at the perfect moment, as the sun was setting, photographer Lui Gazzard happened to be passing and he also just so happened to have his camera with him.

While Dan was down on one knee the 26-year-old quickly took some snaps of the pair’s romantic moment on a headland at Tintagel, Cornwall.

Lui then approached stunned Dan and Kay to say he’d captured the engagement on camera – a moment that was recorded on a TikTok video – and has since garnered more than a million views and 191,000 likes.

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Dan, who works as a telecoms engineer, said: “I can’t believe it’s over a million views. It’s a bit surreal.

“Lui came up to tell us he got the photos and we were like ‘bloody hell’.

“I never thought I would be part of something like this.”

Holidaymakers Dan and Kay, from Romford, Essex, were staying in Tintagel with Kay’s three kids when they headed out for their weekly date night on Monday evening (Aug 23).

He managed to capture Dan down on one knee


Lui Gazzard /

The couple were stunned


Lui Gazzard /

The couple, who met four years ago and were out that evening enjoying a picnic by the sea before Dan mustered up the courage to propose.

Dan said: “When I popped the question she said I was being really fidgety and nervous.”

Afterwards, the couple celebrated with Kay’s three children and shared a bottle of prosecco.

Lui, from Forest of Dean, was on holiday with his family in nearby Boscastle when he captured the pictures on an evening walk.

He said: “It was one of those moments where everything came together.

“The guy was already down on one knee, then he got up and they were hugging.

“It was nice that it was just the two of them on that headland. Normally there are people around watching the sunset.”

Lui waited half an hour before telling the couple he’d caught their engagement on camera – a moment that he recorded for TikTok.

Lui said: “In the video they’re surprised really.

“There’s no way you could have seen me taking the photos from where they were.

“They were really thankful that someone was there to capture the moment.”

At the end of the video, he shows his handiwork, which required a little bit of editing, but shows the silhouette of the couple getting engaged, with a stunning pink sunset sky behind them.

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