Romantic husband-to-be hires plane with huge 'I love you' banner for extravagant marriage proposal
10:57am Thursday 31st October 2013 in Bolton
A HIGH-FLYING plan to pop the question involved a pilot, hoteliers, and a perfectly-timed schedule.
University of Bolton student Karen Heyes thought she was on a simple break with her boyfriend of five years, at the Stanley House Hotel and Spa, in Mellor, near Blackburn.
So she was completely unaware that a plane was circling overhead pulling a banner with the message: “Karen, I love you, will you marry me?”
However, she had taken so long getting ready, boyfriend David Roberts had to tell the pilot to ‘circle’ until he could get her outside.
The 32-year-old had already put in place a very carefully timed plan, with numerous emails and texts to hotel staff, and the pilot, in order to line up the perfect moment.
The former Turton High School pupil had even arranged for a photographer to hide in the bushes to capture the event for eternity, in spite of torrential rain on the day.
However, as 37-year-old Karen, from Westhoughton, stepped outside, the plan came together perfectly.
As the pilot from Blackpool firm Air Ads appeared, Mr Roberts grabbed his chance.
He said: “The sun came out for 10 minutes and the plane flew over just at the right time. I got down on one knee and she made me the happiest man in the world and said ‘yes’.
“The staff at the hotel were brilliant and had arr-anged everything over e-mail.
“They were also incredibly patient while I rearranged it four times.
“They also brought us some champagne just after I proposed, and we are thinking of having our wedding reception there now.
“Because I love her so much, I wanted her to remember the day I proposed for the rest of her life. She was shocked, but excited. And it was a big task to get the plane at the right time.
Miss Heyes, although shocked by the romantic proposal, immediately said ‘yes’, and is now looking forward to planning her wedding.
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