Love is in the air as couple get engaged during hot air balloon flight

Nick Cooke and Joanna Gordon who got engaged during a hot air balloon ride. Picture: Submitted,

Nick Cooke and Joanna Gordon who got engaged during a hot air balloon ride. Picture: Submitted, - Credit: Archant

When a man proposes to her girlfriend it is often said she is left feeling sky-high.

Couple Joanna Gordon and Nick Cookegot engaged in the skies during a hot air balloon ride. Picture:

Couple Joanna Gordon and Nick Cookegot engaged in the skies during a hot air balloon ride. Picture: Submitted. - Credit: Archant

But for Joanna Gordon, from Banham, near Diss, it really was the case as her fiancé Nick Cooke popped the question at 4,000ft.

The couple, who have been together for 18 months, were enjoying an early morning hot air balloon ride over the south Norfolk countryside when the self-employed electrician got down on one knee.

However the unusual proposal may not have happened.

Mr Cooke, from Tacolneston, said: 'I got her the balloon ride for Christmas and because I am not a big fan of heights I said to her she should take someone else.

' But she said she wanted me to come.

'I have been planning the proposal for past sixth months and I have had the ring for a month-and-a-half.

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'I said to her 'I don't have much room' and she said 'did you want me to move over?'. Then she saw I was on one knee.'

The pair, who are in their early 20s and 30s and met at a pub in Tacolneston, were joined on the balloon flight by 14 other people who offered their congratulations.

'It was just a brilliant memory,' Mr Cooke said. 'It was a clear day and we could see the North Sea. It was just very surreal.

'There were a lot of people but they were concentrating on their view. But everyone congratulated us.

'When we landed we had champagne with the others. And afterwards we went out for a meal and then we just relaxed for the rest of the day.'

Miss Cooke added: 'I was shocked when Nick asked, but delighted at the same time. It was an amazing experience.'

The couple have said they have no plans as yet for when they want to marry.

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