A romantic man proposed to the love of his life in a helicopter, after persuading a farmer to mow ‘will you marry me?’ into a field.
Shyam Thakrar, known as Sam, spent months planning every detail to ask his partner Sara, to marry him with none other than a tractor and a helicopter.
Farmers 300 miles from the couple’s home in Northwood, west London, painstakingly ploughed ‘Dear Sara, Will you marry me?’ in giant letters into their fields.
The farmers at Howtel Farm, in Mindrum, Northumberland, even used walkie talkies to speak long distance to make sure the letters were clear enough.
Sam, a 27-year-old entrepreneur, said: “To be honest I had this idea since I was aged 15. I always thought this is how I’d like to do it.
“I got in touch with farmers and found one that said he’d done something similar before, but not on this scale.
“I didn’t want to spend loads of money on a holiday or something and wanted to do something thoughtful and personal.
“It was a big effort – around five months of planning in total”.
The couple took a flight to Newcastle Airport and checked into a Premier Inn as a decoy.
They checked in there, and left their luggage, where Sam suggested they use a helicopter experience voucher he had, on Sunday, August 21st.
Keeping up the pretence that this was all a spontaneous day out, the pair went to Northumbria Helicopters, who provide flight lessons and experiences, and shared a ride with a third person – who later turned out to be an undercover photographer.
Sam said: “We took off and after about 30 minutes we were flying above the farm, at 2-3000 feet.
“So we were quite high and I pointed (the field) out to her and she was just stunned, and then she looked back at me and I had a ring and asked her to marry me!
“She said yes and we landed the helicopter at the farm and had Champagne. Then we had photos done at the farm, where a lot of the locals had heard of Sara – she was known around the town after her name was in the field for so long!”
The loved-up couple, who had been together for three-and-a-half years, then stayed at the glamourous Balmoral hotel in Edinburgh, where Sam surprised Sara again with friends and family ready to celebrate.
Sam said: “I met Sara through her sister, who is the same age as me. I always thought she was good looking.
“I’d actually known of her for about six years and always lived just two minutes from each other and even trained at same gym before we went out”.
Although the wedding date is not finalised, the big day will follow suit with the proposal and is set to be a grand affair – as both bride and groom come from ‘huge’ families.