This couple’s Northern Lights proposal photo will melt even the coldest, most cynical heart

Getting engaged in the digital age requires a little more effort than it used to, particularly if you’re trying to stand out among all these wonderfully creative proposals that routinely flood our timelines. But here’s one that has us seeing stars: This couple shared their Northern Lights proposal picture, and it’s absolutely magical.

If there was ever a doubt in anyone’s mind on how to propose under the Northern Lights, photography couple Dale Sharpe and Karlie Russell’s dreamy photo pretty much nails it. Although the pair have taken many trips to see the Aurora Borealis in person, this voyage was especially memorable. During a previous trip to Iceland in which Sharpe planned to propose, Russell had accidentally thrown away a $4,000 engagement ring that was hidden in a moisturizer bottle. The picturesque lights more than made up for that mishap.

Needless to stay, Iceland’s stunning nighttime sky did not disappoint.

"It was the most amazing display of color in the Aurora that we've ever seen," Sharpe said. "I wanted to take full opportunity and make it happen at its absolute best. The moment was right, it felt good, so why not."

Since they both specialize in landscape photography, Russell couldn’t understand why Sharpe insisted on the pair taking a selfie with the lights as a backdrop. She thought the image would come out better with no people, until Sharpe got down on one knee and popped the question.

Congrats to the couple! Russell and Sharpe are currently continuing their tour of the Arctic Circle while still marveling at the popularity of the photo, which has brought them more work. Sharpe says they shot the photo strictly for themselves, but are overwhelmed with gratitude at the global response the picture has received.