Aviation student proposes with gigantic 'Marry Me' message on frozen lake

Mark Molloy
Gavin Becker had his family's help etching out the big question with a snow blower in 25-foot-tall letters - Ed Becker

An aviation student took proposing to new heights with a plane ride and a gigantic "Marry Me" message on a frozen lake.

Gavin Becker surprised his long-term girlfriend, Olivia Toft, by taking to the sky over Eighth Crow Wing Lake in Minnesota on January 7.

The University of North Dakota student enlisted the help of his family to carve out the 25-foot-tall message and a huge heart.

Ed Becker, Gavin's father, and other family members spent around four and a half hours spelling out the proposal using a snowblower.

“We decided, in pilot style, he should propose in an airplane,” he told the Pioneer Press. “I actually proposed on this lake in a boat 28 years ago.”

The happy couple: Gavin Becker and Olivia Toft Credit: Ed Becker 

He said creating the message turned out to be “very easy”, adding: “It was really fun. The whole thing was a little bit of an adventure.”

Ms Toft, who had asked for a plane ride as a Christmas present, was “happy, excited and shocked” when she saw the snow proposal, Gavin explained.

“I was really impressed how well they did it,” he added. “When my dad does something, he doesn’t do it lightly.”

Gavin Becker and his long-time girlfriend Olivia Toft lay in the snow after he proposed Credit: Ed Becker

Despite problems with the plane’s battery caused by the bitterly cold temperatures almost delaying the trip, when they eventually got up in the air, Gavin got a “yes” to his proposal.

The pair, who are yet to set a wedding date, later recreated the proposal on the ground.

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