Candid proposal photos go viral; social media connects photographer, couple

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by Lisa Fuller-Magee and Heidi Goitia

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GMAZ interview by Yetta Gibson

Posted on July 24, 2013 at 10:33 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 24 at 10:45 AM

PHOENIX -- Kim Mattina is a professional photographer. She was working at the community park in the Anthem area over the weekend when she happened to glance over and see a couple strolling along.

They stopped. He got down on one knee and Mattina knew immediately what was happening. With her photographer's instinct, she turned her camera and started shooting. She was still working so she ran over gave the couple her card and then went back to work.

When she didn't hear from them, she thought maybe she forgot to give them her card. Not knowing their names, Mattina turned to Facebook in an effort to find them. She posted one of the pictures and asked friends and family if they knew the couple.

The story went from Facebook friend to Facebook friend, picking up speed as more and more people shared Mattina's post. It went viral, registering half a million hits in about 36 hours.

The thousands of people were pleading to make sure the newly engaged couple could see their spur-of-the-moment pictures. One of the people who saw the post just happened to be the groom's mother. She contacted the couple, who then contacted the photographer.

 

Josh Partridge and Audrey Laws were surprised and excited that someone caught their special moment.

Laws is originally from the Northwest, and missed grass, water and trees. When Partridge decided to propose, he took her to a park. While she said, "Yes," they haven't set a date yet.

The best part of it all? Mattina normally charges a fee for shooting parties or weddings and events, but this time around she was just happy to give them a look at what might have been lost if it weren't for her being in the right place at the right time.

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