It was almost perfect. He had the ring. He had the place. He even had a little sign. Unfortunately for one woman, a camera-hogging stingray had other ideas.
On Thursday, Reddit user McYay shared photos of her boyfriend's recent marriage proposal - starring an uninvited third party.
"My boyfriend proposed to me at Ripley's Aquarium in Toronto," wrote McYay, "this stingray photobombed every picture!"
Sure enough, the sting-tailed interloper can be seen in every shot, fishing up an otherwise straightforward question.
Of course, an easy way to avoid such intrusions would be to propose somewhere without captive animals. Even that, however, might not be enough.