A romantic boyfriend asked for his girlfriend’s sand in marriage – by writing out his proposal in 15FT letters on a BEACH.
Loved-up Jeremy Curtis, 39, scouted remote coastal spots across the UK before coming up with the ideal location.
He enlisted a team of local volunteers to help carve the massive message in the dunes – complete with giant love hearts.
Jeremy then took girlfriend Jennifer Ayris, 31, for a romantic stroll on a clifftop in Guernsey where she spotted the message “Jen, will you marry me?” below.
She immediately went down to the shore and carved her answer – ‘yes’.
Relieved Jeremy, an IT consultant from Sheffield, had spent weeks planning the proposal in intricate detail.
He eventually picked Petit Port beach on the Channel Island of Guernsey – where he rounded up willing helper using Twitter and a local newspaper.
His cries for help were answered by eleven people who came forward to clear the beach of seaweed ready for the huge message
The final touches – love hearts, swirls, and the date – were finished just as Jeremy and Jennifer’s holiday cruise ship docked in Guernsey for a stop.
Jeremy said: “I put plenty of suncream on when I visited Guernsey to plan the proposal as I didn’t want to return to the UK with a tan and give the game away.
“When it came to the big day we got off the boat and I walked Jen along the cliff path until we could see a little bit of the beach, then asked her to put on a blindfold.
“After walking her a little farther I got down on one knee and told her she could take it off.
“The moment she saw the message she burst into tears and said yes. It was an incredible moment.”
Jeremy’s friends had even laid on a romantic picnic for the couple at the top of the cliff.
The couple then climbed down to the beach where Jennifer, a solicitor, added the word “yes” to the message.
They went in search of the volunteers to thank them in person but the group had disappeared to give them privacy
Jennifer said: “I don’t think it has even sunk in yet. It could not have been any better.”
Jeremy added: “The people who helped me were not artists, they were just regular people.
“I hadn’t seen the message in advance and I had no idea how well it would turn out but it was better than I could have possibly imagined.
“The fact that it was all done by volunteers who didn’t know me is totally overwhelming.
“It’s just a shame I didn’t get to thank them all in person or shake their hands.”
The couple were on a cruise with Jeremy’s parents, brother, sister-in-law and two young nephews to celebrate his mum’s 65th birthday.
Jeremy and Jennifer, who have been together for three years, plan to get married next year.
Jennifer said she had “no idea” Jeremy was planning to propose until she saw the giant message etched across the beach.
She said: “We got off the cruise ship and Jeremy subtly got us away from his family.
“We then walked along the cliff for a while and Jeremy stopped and told me he had a surprise for me and to put on a blindfold.
“At this point I still had absolutely no idea what was going on, so I put the blindfold on and we went further down the path.
“He then told me he wanted me to think about what he was going to ask and then told me to take the blindfold off.
“I saw him on one knee and the giant letters behind him. It was amazing. I had absolutely no idea. It was all so lovely – I was completely overwhelmed.”