Each day, it’s becoming harder for men to pull off unexpected wedding proposals. With creative proposal videos constantly going viral, the bar keeps getting higher. This could demotivate some guys to just stick to the traditional method, instead of trying something new.
But some men aim to keep raising that bar.
Gavin Becker wanted to propose to Olivia Leigh Toft, his girlfriend of five years.
The couple from Nevis, Minnesota had been dating long enough for Gavin to desire popping the question. And naturally, he wanted to go all out for it.
“He’s such a high achiever,” his father, Ed Becker, told KARE11 about his son. “Kind of a do-it-yourself guy.”
When he asked Toft to the prom back in high school, Gavin had actually taken the time to paint on rocks to spell out the words, “Olivia, you ROCK.”
It’s clear that the man has a history of creativity. But this instance wasn’t just a high school prom. This would be one of the most important questions he would ask in his entire life. So this required much more thought.
He and his family had talked about how to go about it; given that Gavin is currently going to school for aviation, they decided that his flying skill could come in handy for this.
At the beginning of January 2018, it was time.
Gavin started the proposal by taking his girlfriend on a plane ride, with just the two of them.
The couple went into the air over Eighth Crow Wing Lake, a lake located in Nevis. He was maneuvering the plane in a way that would overlook the land near the lake.
Toft thought they were going on a nice plane ride together just for the fun of it, when in reality, Gavin was waiting for the right moment.
Then, she looked down and saw something.
Gavin’s family had carved the words, “Marry me,” and a heart into the snow near the lake, big enough to see clearly from the air.
While his girlfriend was trying to comprehend the message, Gavin started fumbling for his ring.
“In my head, I thought, ‘Now’s the time to do it.'” Gavin told Twin Cities.
He had a whole speech planned for the occasion. But in that moment, he could only get out, “Will you marry me?”
It turns out those were the only words he needed, because Toft said yes.
The whole thing took 4 1/2 hours to complete; Ed, his wife, Gavin’s sister, and her boyfriend all helped, and had used a snowblower to carve out the 25-foot-high letters.
The proposal was supposed to come on New Year’s Eve, but the couple both had strep throat at the time. And no one wants to associate strep throat with one of the happiest moments of their life.
Even when it was time to get on the plane, it struggled to start up due to temperatures being well below zero. But these occurrences only delayed the inevitable.
The ironic thing was also that it was also same lake where Ed had proposed to his wife, 28 years earlier. Things came around full circle for the Becker family.
“I was really impressed with how they did it,” Gavin said. “When my dad does something, he doesn’t do it lightly.”
There isn’t a wedding date for the couple yet, but it’s safe to say it’ll be hard for other men top this proposal, unless they know how to fly a plane.
Gavin and his now-fiancee will be able look back on this moment for a long time, as it’s a prime example of the lengths Gavin will go to in order to show his love for her.