It was a touching marriage proposal caught on camera, except the engaged couple doesn’t know the photos exist.
Angila Golik, a teacher and self-described "soccer mom" from Carson, Nev., is looking for the couple she photographed getting engaged at the D.C. War Memorial in Washington the evening of July 2. The moment "touched my heart," Golik said Monday, adding that she's eager to send the candid photos to the betrothed pair - once she finds out who they are.
Golik, who was in Washington for an education conference, had gone sightseeing with several other teachers. While snapping pictures of the "beautiful rotunda" of the War Memorial, she noticed two figures illuminated in the center of the structure.
They turned out to be a couple - a man dressed in a military uniform and a woman wearing a black and white dress.
Quickly swapping lenses on her camera, "a Christmas gift from a couple years ago," Golik said "I had this feeling come over me, and I knew that he was going to propose."
"I saw him pull a ring out of his pocket and then put the ring on her finger. That's when I started clicking," she said.
The couple embraced and turned to leave. "When they were done we started cheering for them. But we were so far away they didn't see us. I yelled 'I have pictures,' but they didn't hear," she explains.
When Golik got home to Nevada, she showed the photos to her husband, who encouraged her to try and hunt down the couple. She said she posted one photo on Facebook and asked Andrews Air Force Base about running an ad in their newspaper, but the base said it could not run the photos without the permission of the couple.
Golik eventually made a YouTube video hoping someone would recognize the pair. The amateur photographer said she has been inspired to continue to look for the couple because the "one thing I don't have are pictures of my own proposal. I would have loved to have that."
She's also curious to know the story behind the engagement , as the groom-to-be appeared to be in an airman's uniform.
"He was in uniform, in a war rotunda. Was he going somewhere? Had he been somewhere? It would be amazing to know the story,” she said.
Golik can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.