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A boyfriend spent days sneakily presenting an engagement ring to his girlfriend without her realising - taking photos of each moment before eventually proposing for real.
Wil Odinsson, 29, had a bespoke ring made for partner Sharilyn Owens, and initially intended to take just one snap of it secretly posed alongside her.
But the thrill proved all too exciting, and he ended up taking a total of 18 photos over the course of two days.
Sharilyn, 26, said she was 'completely oblivious' to Wil's 'playful' antics, and was delighted when he finally popped the question last month while they were on a skiing holiday in Pennsylvania.
The fordite ring was inspired by her 'dream car', a 1965 Mustang that was originally a twilight turquoise colour, which she is currently restoring.
Wil, a roof inspector living in Fairfax, Virginia, said: "I took one [photo] and I thought it was really funny and I just wanted to see how many I could get.
"There were so many times I was worried I was going to get caught out - I'm curling my fingers over the top of it to get her not to see.
"My favourite one is the chess one - I put it down and she didn't notice it was right there in front of her."
Sharilyn, of Louisville, Kentucky, said: "I was completely oblivious to him capturing the photos.
"There's one I'm trying to put a hat on both my dogs and get them wrangled in and he's holding it in front of me - all I had to do was look up.
"We're very playful - we've been best friends for years so it's just how we are with each other.
"He revealed the photos after the proposal - I was surprised and had no idea - it was an emotional rollercoaster of a day."
Wil wanted to find something extra 'personal' for Sharilyn's ring, knowing she wasn't a 'diamond person', and ended up finding inspiration from her beloved Mustang.
Sharilyn said: "It's been a labour of love as I'm trying to restore it - he knows how much the car means to me - it's my absolute dream car.
"When it was made in 1965 there was a colour that was put on it called 'twilight turquoise' - it's my favourite colour - it was only made that year and only 3% of the cars had that colour.
"He contacted the Henry Ford Museum and learnt there was something called fordite - they used to hand spray the cars and the overspray would collect on the floors so they'd scrape it off, store it and it's been petrified and made into jewellery.
"They referred him to the jeweller that they used and he asked if they had any from the factory where my car was made from 1965 and in its colour - they called it the 'holy grail' and told him they didn't think they could do it.
"A month later they contacted him and they had one piece left that they found."
Wil proposed on 15 January while they were skiing in Whitetail Resort, having secured a ring box made from white geode - which Sharilyn initially mistook for a 'potato'.
She added: "It was perfect - if it had gone exactly how it was planned, it wouldn't have been us."
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