'Marry Me?': 120 people help Ontario man propose to girlfriend
Jon Toews proposed to Rachel Reles from the air as they flew over friends and family holding up balloons that formed the words “Marry Me?” (Bob Tymczyszyn/QMI Agency)
ST. CATHARINES, Ont. - Love was in the air -- and on the ground -- as 120 friends, family and congregation members gathered to help Jon Toews propose to Rachel Reles.
On Wednesday, Toews, 39, was in an airplane with his now-fiancee circling over the Southridge Church, where both volunteer with the homeless shelter and attend the services.
Down below, crowd members held balloons that formed the words “Marry Me?”
“She doesn’t have a clue. She thinks it’s just an airplane ride, that’s all,” said Reles’ father, Rado Mackic, as they waited for the plane.
Mackic blew up 500 balloons with Reles’ mother, Roxanne Reles, and volunteers earlier in the day.
Family members came from as far away as Guelph for the proposal, which took Toews two months to plan.
“He loves the community and he wanted everyone to be a part of it,” said Chelsea, Toews’ 14-year-old daughter from a previous marriage. “They’re perfect for each other.”
Toews, a financial advisor, and Reles, a support worker, met on a retreat in Feb. 2013.
Toews knew he’d be able to get Reles in a plane Wednesday for a date, but was more worried the weather could leave things up in the air.
“I was nervous looking at the forecast on Sunday and saw thunderbolts,” he said after the proposal.
As the plane circled overhead just after 7 p.m., everyone on the ground broke into cheers, waving the balloons.
High in the sky, Reles, 33, was wondering why there was a crowd of people in the church parking lot on a Wednesday night.
Then she read the words and Toews popped the question in person.
“I felt like I was in my own little movie.”