When Robert Newcombe decided he wanted to spend the rest of his life with Katie Hanlon, he knew he wanted to make his marriage proposal memorable.
“Kinda thinking something big, she is pretty special,” says Robert. “So, I called home and told them I wanted to write a message in the field and see it from above.”
Robert's brother David is a tenth generation farmer. He works on the family's farm in Nova Scotia's Annapolis Valley.
“It was a big event in his life and I was just glad to be a part of it. My dad thought I was the man for the job, so away I went,” says David.
After weeks of planning, David carved out the special note in less than a day with the help of a GPS.
“In terms of a grand way to propose to your girlfriend, I think it's phenomenal,” says David.
Katie says she knew something was up when Robert told her they were going to a U-Pick farm near where his parent's live in the country. However, little did she know though that he had arranged to have a helicopter pick them up and take them for a special ride.
“We are driving up and he says let's just stop at my parent’s house for a second. I was like ‘no, I want to go to the U-Pick, I want to get this done,” says Katie.
“She was basically on to me at this point,” recalls Robert.
The couple went inside Robert’s parent’s home and a short time later Robert tells Katie he hears something outside and that they should check it out.
“I was like ‘oh my goodness what is going on?’” says Katie. “We went outside and there was a helicopter. I was a bit in shock.”
The pair boarded the helicopter, with Robert anxiously looking out the window to see if he could catch a glimpse of his message.
“I noticed he was looking out the window a lot and I thought maybe I should start looking out the window and I saw it first,” says Katie.
Below them, in a soy bean field, the words will you marry me were spelt out in giant letters.
“I was speechless,” recalls Katie. “I just started crying and I looked over at him.”
“I looked up at her face and it was tears all over. I pulled out the ring and ask her to marry me. She nodded yes,” says Robert.
Once they were back on the ground, newly engaged couple was greeted by both of their families.
“There was a sign and champagne and then we all went out to lunch together,” says Robert.
“I never imagined someone would do something like that for me,” says Katie. “It meant a lot that he went through all that effort. Really, I would have said yes if he'd asked me in a grocery store. So the fact that he went to that much effort meant the world to me.”
“We have so much fun together. She really is my best friend and I really want to spend the rest of my life with her,” says Robert.
With files from CTV Atlantic's Kelland Sundahl