Posted: Feb 26, 2014 10:32 PM by Ryan Naquin
Updated: Feb 27, 2014 6:58 AM
VACHERIE - The Internet helped reconnect a couple to their life changing moment: a proposal under the oaks of Oak Alley, one of the most iconic spots along the Mississippi River.
A pair of tourists took a picture of the famous oak tree-lined walkway up to the house. What they didn't realize was a man was proposing to his future wife at the exact time the picture was snapped.
"[The out-of-towners] unknowingly got on camera this wonderful couple getting engaged, and they knew there was no photographer around for the couple," the media coordinator for Oak Alley Plantation, Gary Dauphin, said.
The couple was visiting South Louisiana from Missouri on February 16th when they took the picture and did not realize what they captured until they returned home days later.
But, once they did, they sent the photograph to the plantation where workers posted it to Facebook. They asked people to help find out who the love birds were.
The photo went viral on the social media site. It took just six hours to track the mystery couple down.
"I cried at the desk at work and emailed Oak Alley after I saw it," Autum Rehder said.
"The emotion is there. Everything is right there. It's not something that you could create over again. It's a spontaneous moment you know," said Bradley Waguespack, the man in the picture asking Rehder to marry him.
Waguespack and Rehder were shocked to find out their proposal was captured by someone else.
In fact, Waguespack was upset he did not have a picture of it. The couple even reenacted the proposal and someone captured a picture of the reenactment.
"He was like, 'I really wish I could have had somebody down there to get the original photo,'" Rehder said. "I was like, 'I'm sure you can ask those girls over there and I'm sure they'll take pictures.' But he was bummed. He was like, 'I wanted to but nobody was down there.'"
"I figured she'd know something was up if there was a camera man creeping around the oak tree waiting for the moment," Waguespack said.
"There's nothing that can make up for the original moment. There's just not. And just overpouring thank you's to her because you don't really get that everyday," Rehder said.