Photographer locates Carmel couple he caught getting engaged during fireworks

CARMEL , Ind. – A photographer who captured an engagement while shooting photos of the Fourth of July fireworks in Carmel has now found the lucky couple.

Tyler Huffman says he didn’t realize he had captured the special moment until he got back home.

“(I) got home and put it on the computer and the full-size image showed me what I really had,” said Huffman.

Huffman happened to be on the Monon Trail, near Main Street, which happened to be where Brad Rider decided to pop the question.

“I wanted to remind Wendy how much I loved her and how much I wanted to marry her, so I just shocked her and dropped to my knee,” said Rider.

The proposal was just part one of the surprise. The picture of the moment was just as unexpected.

“I was lucky I was standing here and lucky that he decided that was the spot he was going to make that move,” said Huffman.

Huffman didn’t know who the couple was, so he took to social media.

“I surprised Wendy. Tyler surprised us. The photo was just beautiful, captured perfectly. You cannot plan something like that,” said Rider.

A couple days after the picture was taken, all three connected and realized they weren’t strangers.  In fact, they were neighbors.

“We happened to live on the same floor of the same apartment building, about 10 doors apart,” said Huffman.

They newly engaged couple now has a chance to look back at a memory they didn’t even know existed.

“The innocence of it, it was just very spontaneous. We had no clue,” said Wendy Albrecht, the newly engaged Carmel woman.

As for wedding planning, the couple says they’ll most likely be on a beach.

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