Photo catches mystery couple’s marriage proposal

“Dude, you really need to look at this. I think it’s you.”

Al Gensitskey, 24, from Camas, and fiancé Katie Verkovod, 21, from Spokane were captured in this photo as he proposed marriage. She said yes, December 2014 (Courtesy photo: Paul Wolfe)
Al Gensitskey, 24, from Camas, and fiancé Katie Verkovod, 21, from Spokane were captured in this photo as he proposed marriage. She said yes, December 2014 (Courtesy photo: Paul Wolfe)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — It started with a simple online plea. “I happened upon this marriage proposal Thanksgiving,” wrote photographer Paul Wolfe. “I have no idea who these folks are, but would like them to have this photograph.”

Wolfe captured a couple atop Munra Point in the Columbia River Gorge.  The young man was on bended knee, extending a ring to the young woman.  The photograph was taken from far away, and the couple appears in silhouette.

Wolfe’s picture – and plea – spread.   It wound up on Reddit, where a friend of Al Gensitskey saw it. The friend told Al, “Dude, you really need to look at this. I think it’s you.”

Al Gensitskey, 24, from Camas, and fiancé Katie Verkovod, 21, from Spokane in an undated courtesy photo.
Al Gensitskey, 24, from Camas, and fiancé Katie Verkovod, 21, from Spokane in an undated courtesy photo.

Turns out it was.

Al Gensitskey, 24, from Camas, and fiancé Katie Verkovod, 21, from Spokane are indeed the mystery couple in the photograph.

The young electrician scoped out scenic spots on his day off and decided Munra Point, across from the Bonneville Dam, would be the perfect location. But he didn’t tell Katie.   Instead, he nonchalantly pulled over and pretended they were going on a “random hike.”

He said she knew something was up when he started the proposal by saying, “I love you with every fiber of my being.”

He told KOIN 6 News, “I got down on one knee, extending the ring.: He then asked, “Will you marry me?”

Katie’s reply?   “YES! YES!  Like that – so overjoyed!” he said

And the feeling was mutual.

“Score!  I just got me the best girl in the entire world!” he said.

The couple is planning to marry next July travel to Southeast Asia on an “epic honeymoon” that may involve some charity work.

If you’d like to help them, they’ve set up a GoFundMe account: http://www.gofundme.com/i7wzqw   

Al Gensitskey, 24, from Camas, and fiancé Katie Verkovod, 21, from Spokane were captured in this photo as he proposed marriage. She said yes, December 2014 (Courtesy photo: Paul Wolfe)
Al Gensitskey, 24, from Camas, and fiancé Katie Verkovod, 21, from Spokane were captured in this photo as he proposed marriage. She said yes, December 2014 (Courtesy photo: Paul Wolfe)

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