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My Perfect Proposal

“My proposal really was ‘out of this world’!

Having been together for nearly six and a half years, Tim thought the perfect time to propose was for my 30th birthday in August, but for Tim a typical proposal was out of the question…

He began planning back in May while at a stag party where he met a friend who works for the aircraft manufacturer, Airbus. Both of them are keen engineers and over a few drinks they chatted about how amazing it would be to send a helium balloon to the edge of space to take pictures. It was at this point that Tim suggested making it into a proposal.

To put his plan in place, Tim needed the ‘Me to You’ bear I bought him for our first Valentine’s day together, the ring, Civil Aviation Authority approval to launch the balloon, a camera, a mobile phone, and lots of technical wizardry! The balloon was launched about two weeks before he proposed and reached an altitude of 120,000 feet or 22 miles, which is about four times higher than a passenger plane flies. Thankfully the balloon, along with the bear and my ring, was successfully recovered.

Having already asked for my father’s permission, Tim decided to propose the day before my 30th birthday. Knowing I’d prefer the personal touch, he set up our front room with champagne, all my favourite chocolates, flowers and the bear and ring that went in to space. For maximum impact he used a projector to display a huge picture of the bear in space onto the wall.

Having told me I was getting my birthday present early, but that it was a surprise and I had to close my eyes, he led me into the front room. Our song started playing and when I opened my eyes, all I could see was the image of the bear and a message saying “Marry me Judith”. I then saw Tim standing in front of me holding my ring in his outstretched hand. That’s when he asked “Judith Bell, will you marry me?”

Through lots of tears, I eventually found my voice to say “Yes!”. Once the emotional shock had worn off and we had enjoyed a glass of champagne and some chocolates, Tim whisked me off to the Merchant Hotel in Belfast where we spent the day in the jacuzzi on the roof terrace, had a fantastic dinner in the Great Room and stayed over night in one of their stunning suites.

“The balloon was launched about two weeks before he proposed and reached an altitude of 120,000 feet or 22 miles, which is about four times higher than a passenger plane flies.”

Tim’s proposal took me completely by surprise. I had hoped he would propose to me on my birthday, but in no way did I think it would be quite so unique and original. Let the wedding plans begin!”

Judith Bell.