Joel Bush proposed to girlfriend Jennifer Orr the other night on the state capital grounds in Austin, Texas, with no one around but the two of them.
So he thought.
Photographer Patrick Lu happened upon the couple, took some amazing candid shots of the moment and them posted them on Austin’s Reddit.
Hoping to share them with the newly-engaged couple (Jen said yes, thank god), he wrote, “Did any of you propose at the capital last night?”
Lu received 1,400 “up” votes (the most ever in that sub-reddit), but didn’t even need to track down his mystery man: Bush himself found the post.
“The thread found me through friends,” Bush said, adding that he’s active in the Austin tech meetup scene, so “I’m not surprised it found me.”
Bush says he unwittingly got the best of both worlds, with a private moment shared by just the two of them, yet fantastic photos to cherish forever.
Lu said Reddit was a logical spot to look for the soon-to-be-newlyweds.
“Austin is actually a growing haven for tech companies and startups, and I had a gut feeling that the couple worked somewhere in that space. With techies, you have a lot of Redditors. I figured someone would have recognized them eventually.”
Not even 48 hours later, it turned out.