THERE were no red roses, candles or fine wines – rather a 400-metre zip wire and one very surprised groom-to-be.
Adventure loving Zac Louden, 20, from Edinburgh, could think of no better way to propose to partner Colin Nicholson than by surprising him as he tore down the wire some 150ft above ground.
Waiting at the bottom, Zac was down on one knee holding a large “Will you marry me?” sign, watched by cheering visitors at the Go Ape tree top adventure attraction in Aberfoyle, Stirlingshire.
Zac, a customer service adviser, said: “Being up in the trees, I was so worried that I was going to drop the rings.
“As if a zip wire isn’t nerve wracking enough without the added pressure of proposing – but it was worth it to see the look on Colin’s face as he came flying down the zip wire.
“The whole day was perfect.”
The couple went on their first date last year to the adventure playgroup and when the topic of engagement came up a few months ago, Zac knew immediately where he would pop the question.
He secretly planned the surprise with great attention to detail, including making contact with the attraction’s management to ensure the proposal would go without a hitch.
His surprised groom-to-be, Colin, 31, an accounts manager, said: “We were about to go on the last zip wire and I knew something was strange as Zac was insisting that I went last.
“At about halfway along the zip I could see a huge sign and Zac down on one knee and I immediately clicked what was happening.
“I was completely shocked and a little embarrassed as there were so many people all clapping and cheering.
“We love going hill walking and doing outdoor activities, so it was an amazing proposal which really summed up our relationship.”
The couple, who have recently moved in together in Johnstone, met on Facebook through mutual friends.
They plan a trip to Disney World next year to celebrate their engagement before they start planning their dream wedding at The Vu, in Bathgate.
Gordon Cochrane-Yuill, site manager at Go Ape, said: “Zac called us in advance to ask if we could help set up the proposal. We made sure no-one else came down the zip wire and everything went like clockwork – it was brilliant and all our other customers and staff were cheering.
“We’d like to congratulate Colin and Zac on their engagement and are thrilled they chose our course for their adventurous proposal.”