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Man plows marriage proposal into Westham Island farm
There have been many marriage proposals throughout the years using an airplane to pull a banner behind it, but one Vancouver man decided to do it a little in reverse.
Gio Sandher had an idea to plow a message in a field and fly over it in a helicopter. He did exactly that on Tuesday when flying over a giant message dug into a field at Westham Island Herb Farm, surprising his girlfriend Christa Baumgartner into joyful tears.
“She looks over outside the window and I think she screamed first and then started tearing up,” said Sandher. “Then I got down on one knee and proposed.”
Sandher met Baumgartner while going to high school in Lynn Valley a decade ago and has carried a torch for her ever since. He finally mustered up the courage–and the ingenuity–to propose to her in an unforgettable way.
He had been searching for a suitable location for a year when he across the farm on Google Maps. After speaking to the farmer Sharon Ellis on the phone he came to an agreement. Visiting Westham Island was even more impressive than it looked online, he said.
“When I first went to Westham Island, I’d never been there, and I still remember the drive,” said Sandher. “When I drove over the bridge it was still cloudy and grey and on the other side there was sun on the island.”
He said going to Westham Island feels like being transported into the Okanagan. The couple are planning to return to Westham Island Herb Farm on Sept. 7 for the annual Day at the Farm event hosted by Sharon Ellis and other agricultural producers in conjunction with the Delta Farmland and Wildlife Trust.