top of page

City Press (Afrique du Sud)

Love is... outer space.

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No! It’s a giant balloon floating in space, carrying a marriage proposal from a lovesick Frenchman. The French are known for their ability to seduce withwords, but what Sebastian from Paris will do on Valentine’s Day for his girlfriend will go beyond many’s wildest dreams. The35yearold, whoownsa restaurant inParis, will propose to the love of his life, Vanessa, via a video shot in space. He has hired an events planner who specialises in setting up spectacular marriage proposals at a cost of almost R61000 to arrange this out of this world experience. On Valentine’s Day, a picture of Sebastian and Vanessa with the message, “Vanessa, will you marry me?” will be attached to a giant heliumfilled balloon and released into the sky. The balloon will have a video camera attached to it as well. The space flight will be filmed from the launch to the arrival of the message of love in the stratosphere. According to Nicolas Garreau of ApoteoSurprise, the event company behind the idea, “After two or three hours, the message of love will arrive at an altitude of 30km, and the last footage will be shot with the wonderful blue planet in the background.” “The balloon will blow up, a parachute will open, and the video equipment will fall back to Earth. The footage will be recovered and a montage will be edited,” Garreau explained. “Sebastian intends to show the images to Vanessa in a limousine on February 16 when he takes on a Parisbynight tour.” Marriage proposals in space are one of many spectacularways toask that big question offered by ApoteoSurprise. Garreau said he has had clients from South Africa. “I have lovers coming from South Africa, a few every year,” he said.

Zinhle Mapumulo

bottom of page