Tania & Ankit met in their first year of medical school and are currently fulfilling their residency training. Although their schedules are crazy with overnight and multi-day shifts, Ankit wanted to plan the perfect surprise proposal for his wonderful girlfriend, Tania. This was no easy task as Ankit had to coordinate to swap shifts with other residents, but he managed to make it happen!
Ankit kept it a total secret until the day of the hot air balloon ride. He told Tania he had a surprise for her and to wear warm clothing as rain was expected later in the day. They arrived to the meeting location for the hot air ballon and met with myself and the balloon pilot. Neither Ankit or Tania had ever been on a hot air balloon before (nor has I). As the balloon was being inflated and the minutes neared for boarding, anxiety and excitement filled us all.
We then boarded the ballon, I engaged in small talk with Ankit and Tania, but primarily kept to myself and photographed scenery in an attempt to conceal the proposal nearing.
The balloon pilot announced that we would descend to have his staff member on the ground take a group photograph. As we descended, we saw his ground staff member. This member was holding a sign saying “Will you marry me”. Ankit asked Tania to look out to the sign, in which she gasped and and smiled ear to ear. Ankit proceeded to pull out a ring from his jacket pocket and got down on one knee to ask Tania to marry him. She immediately said yes, embraced him tightly, and showered him in kisses.
Tania then said “I feel on top of the world”. We all laughed at how literal and figurative it was— not to mention heartwarming. Ankit and Tania immediately started calling and Facetiming their loved ones to share the news.
It was such a beautiful and perfectly timed (rainstorms ensued later that day) proposal.
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