Guy proposes to girlfriend 149 times, but she had no idea (VIDEO)

Jan 14, 2016 at 12:09 a.m. ET

A British man wanted to propose to his girlfriend, but instead of planning one big proposal, he dragged the whole thing out for five months.

Let me explain: Thirty-eight-year-old Ray Smith took 148 pictures — most of him and his girlfriend Claire Bramley — along with a note that read "Will you marry me?" on each one.

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He got the idea last year after they found out she was pregnant.

"I told her I was taking the pictures to track the progress of the baby, which was a little bit of a ruse," he told the U.K. Mirror, adding that "sometimes she wanted to see the pictures so I had to take more than one — one with the card and one without."

She wasn't getting it, so he decided to just go for it on Christmas Day.

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"It was all a bit chaotic on Christmas Day morning so I took her away and set it all up on the laptop. I got down on one knee and gave her a bit of spiel, and then popped the question," he said. The 33-year-old Bramley had no idea.

"I was totally oblivious to it all," she said. "I was totally surprised, but in hindsight it’s exactly the kind of thing he does. He likes to do romantic things."

And her answer? "I said yes straightaway, I didn’t need to think about it. I got a bit emotional but I am pregnant after all."

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