NEAR CAMAS, Wash. – A couple in Oregon was shocked to discover they had become the subject of a viral manhunt after an amateur photographer took a perfectly-timed photograph of their proposal.
According to KATU-TV, Alex Gensitskiy and his now-fiancee Katie Verkovod were hiking at Mount Hood National Forest on Thanksgiving Day when he knelt down to one knee and proposed.
What the couple didn’t know is amateur photographer Paul Wolfe was hiking nearby. When he saw Gensitskiy on one knee offering up a ring, he snapped a picture of the moment on his phone while keeping a respectful distance.
The image, which captured the couple atop an Oregon hill in front of a foggy backdrop, quickly went viral after Wolfe posted it online with the hope the couple could be identified in order to share it with them.
Eventually, a friend called Gensitskiy after stumbling across the photo online.
“He was like, ‘Dude, this is crazy, there was a picture and it wen viral and people are looking for you,’” Gensitskiy told KATU-TV. “I was like, ‘Whoa.’”
Verkovod said the picture brought back some of the emotions she felt that day.
“It was just beautiful,” she told KATU-TV. “It brought back so many good memories.”
The soon-to-be groom remembered seeing people on the trail, but was more concerned with getting through the proposal than being noticed.
“I hope they don’t come up to us,” Gensitskiy recalled thinking to KATU-TV. “I’m a about to propose. I don’t want people around.”
Now the couple have an impromptu photograph to commemorate their engagement as they begin planning their wedding and life together.