Romantic Jeremy Curtis from Sheffield asked for his girlfriend’s sand in marriage - by writing his proposal in 15-foot letters on a beach.
The 39-year-old, from Fulwood, scouted coastal spots before coming up with the ideal location on the Channel Island of Guernsey.
Then he enlisted a team of locals to help carve the massive message in the sand.
Jeremy took girlfriend Jennifer Ayris, 31, for a romantic stroll along a clifftop from where she spotted the message ‘Jen, will you marry me?’ below.
She went down to the shore and carved her answer - ‘Yes’.
Relieved Jeremy, an IT manager, had spent weeks planning the proposal, using Twitter and the local newspaper in Guernsey to recruit helpers. Eleven strangers came forward to clear the beach of seaweed and rake the letters to make up the message.
The final touches - lovehearts, swirls, and the date - were finished just as Jeremy and Jennifer’s holiday cruise ship docked in Guernsey for a stop.
Jeremy said: “I walked Jen along the cliff path until we could see a little bit of the beach, then I asked her to put on a blindfold. After walking her a little further I got down on one knee and told her she could take the blindfold off.
“The moment she saw the message she burst into tears and said yes. It was an incredible moment.”
Jennifer, a solicitor, said she had no idea Jeremy was planning to propose.
“I don’t think it has even sunk in yet,” she said. “It could not have been any better. When I saw him on one knee and the giant letters behind him, it was amazing. It was all so lovely - I was completely overwhelmed.”
Jeremy added: “I hadn’t seen the message in advance so I had no idea how well it would turn out, but it was better than I could have possibly imagined – and it was all done by volunteers who didn’t know me.”
The couple were on a cruise with Jeremy’s parents Jean, 65, and Peter, 66, his brother Robin, sister-in-law Helen, and two young nephews Barnaby, three, and Jasper, one, all from Fulwood, to celebrate his mum’s birthday.
The couple, who have been together for three years, plan to get married next year.