Love is in the air! Watch the incredible moment a man proposes to his girlfriend by spelling out ‘Marry me’ in a DRONE display over Yorkshire
- Rhys Whelan, 30, surprised his girlfriend by proposing with a drone display
- The drones spelled out the words ‘Marry me’ and ‘Megan’ in the night sky
From a romantic meal to a hot air balloon ride, many men go to great lengths to make sure their proposal is as special as possible.
This weekend, one man in Yorkshire enlisted the help of a swarm of drones to bring his vision to life.
Rhys Whelan, 30, surprised his girlfriend, Megan Greenwood, 27, by popping the question with a drone display.
The display was set to the couple’s favourite song – 6 Words by Wretch 32 – and saw the drones form several love-themed images in the sky.
This included champagne bottles and love hearts, before spelling the words ‘Marry me’ and ‘Megan’.
This weekend, one man in Yorkshire enlisted the help of a swarm of drones to bring his vision to life
Rhys Whelan, 30, surprised his girlfriend, Megan Greenwood, 27, by popping the question with a drone display
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The futuristic proposal took place during the Fireworks Championships at Newby Hall, near Ripon, North Yorkshire, on Saturday evening.
The couple, from Eccleshill in Bradford, have been together for more than nine years and shared the moment with friends and family.
Describing her immediate reaction to the display, Ms Greenwood said: ‘I don’t know what my face looked like, but I know I definitely started shaking.’
She said her husband-to-be ‘couldn’t have done anything more perfect’, and that the unorthodox proposal ‘definitely beat anything that I could imagine’.
Nevertheless, there was still an opportunity to include the more traditional method.
Ms Greenwood said: ‘It said “Marry me” in the sky and he pushed me forward slightly, then he turned me around and he was on one knee.’
Mr Whelan found inspiration for the proposal after the pair previously attended the championships and he was impressed by their own drone show.
Of his emotions before the big moment, he said: ‘I was absolutely terrified.
The display was set to the couple’s favourite song – 6 Words by Wretch 32 – and saw the drones form several love-themed images in the sky
The drones formed champagne bottles and love hearts, before spelling the words ‘Marry me’ and ‘Megan’
‘It had been six months in the making, so all the planning and preparation all of a sudden came down to five minutes worth of display.
‘I tried to time it the best I could but I think because of the nerves I was a bit premature going down on one knee, but it had the desired effect in the end.’
Mr Whelan said he ‘tried my utmost to be as sneaky as I possibly could’ to keep the proposal a surprise.
That included secret meetings with the show organisers and speaking to Ms Greenwood’s father on Friday.
Ms Greenwood said: ‘We’ve talked about it (getting married) but only in a joking sense. I’d always make jokes that he needs to put a ring on it, and my mum and friends would all do the same.
Mr Whelan said he ‘tried my utmost to be as sneaky as I possibly could’ to keep the proposal a surprise. That included secret meetings with the show organisers and speaking to Ms Greenwood’s father on Friday
‘He always said it’s the 21st century so I have to propose to him, but I’m too stubborn for that!’
Mr Whelan said being able to share the memory with many of their relatives in person was ‘amazing’, while Ms Greenwood said her closest friends ‘just lost it’ after seeing the display.
Mr Whelan added: ‘Her mother’s favourite animal is a butterfly, so when I saw on their website that they did a “butterfly in the sky” I thought that would be a nice touch.’
Both said they have not yet thought about possible wedding plans, but Mr Whelan refused to rule out the use of drones again on the big day, saying: ‘We’ll see – you never know.’
WHAT IS ‘DRONE-DIVING?’
Aerones is also the company behind ‘drone-diving,’ a new extreme sport that involves lifting someone into the air by a 28-propeller drone and dropping them to be parachuted safely back to the earth.
Preparation for the jump lasted six months and during that time, the team increased the payload up to 440 pounds (200kg) and conducted a number of tests, including flights carrying Augstkalns over the river Daugava.
The super-powered drone measures 34 feet (3.2sqm), boasts 16 rotors and weighs 154 pounds (70 kilograms).
The incredible video of the ‘drone-dive’ shows the drone taking off from a body of water and head towards a communication tower, which stands 393 feet (120 meter) tall.
A daredevil demonstrator grabbed a long handle hanging from the drone, which took him off the platform and into the air.
Once the drone reached 1,082 feet (330 meters), he let go and fell to the earth for a about one second before releasing a parachute.
The same drone was used in January to debut ‘drone-boarding’ by towing snowboarders at high speed across a frozen Latvian lake.
A video shared by the firm showed a snowboarder test out the drone at an abandoned airbase.
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