Man proposes to Scottish National Gallery after changing famous painting to ‘their love story’

A Leith man has shared the sweet moment he proposed at an art gallery by replacing the blurb of a famous painting with a heartfelt message to the delight of his girlfriend.

Jos Cava, 39, organized the special day by contacting gallery staff to ask for their help with the magical proposal.

He told his girlfriend Sophia Harrison, 40, to show off ahead of the trip to the Scottish National Gallery in Edinburgh.

Jos took her to the painting “An Old Woman Cooking Eggs” (1618) by Diego Velázquez, where she spotted the improvised plate.

The improvised plate on the painting “An old woman cooking eggs” (1618) by Diego Velázquez

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When Sophia leaned closer to read it, she realized it was telling the story of their own romance.

Sophia said: “When I came to the Velazquez painting in the gallery, I noticed the label was a bit different from the others and my eye was caught by it.

“I started reading and it took me a few seconds to realize exactly what I was reading.

“What made it even more special was that gallery staff knew about it but didn’t reveal anything.

“I turned to look at Jose and he got down on his knees and pulled out an emerald engagement ring.

“I was delighted.”

The couple, who met on Tinder three years ago, share a love of galleries.

Jos’ revised plaque for the painting, which was illustrated with wedding bells and a heart, read: “The old woman frying eggs has been Jos Cava’s favorite painting since he was little.”

“It reminded him of those summer nights, sitting outside surrounded by his family.

“And although he was away from home for almost 15 years, he used to come to the Scottish National Gallery and look at the painting and remember those times.

“He finally found a partner in Sophia Victoria Harrison.

“She was an accomplished young professional, always smart and beautifully dressed, with a rich, sweet and funny personality.

“And together they run the most incredible adventures in the heart of this beautiful country – Scotland: where they would like to start a family.

“And on June 19, 2021, he finally proposed marriage to her, right here.

“And she says…”

When Sophia accepted the proposal, onlookers started cheering.

The moment José Cava proposed to girlfriend Sophia Harrison
The moment José Cava proposed to girlfriend Sophia Harrison

Jos, who works as a technician in an architectural firm, said: “We met three years ago on Tinder and we were getting to the point where things were getting serious and we were talking about the future.

“The next step was to get married and I wanted to make it something special.

“Sophia and I love going to the gallery and this painting in particular reminds me of my home and the people I love and care about.”

He contacted gallery staff and asked for their help in making the proposal special by replacing the plaque. Everything had been arranged and Amy Patterson, the duty manager, who set up the note, sent Jos pictures the day before.

Jos added: “I was delighted with her help and I want to thank her very much.”

The couple, who both live in Leith, Edinburgh, are now planning to wed next September.

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