July 6, 2014 6:17 pm
Updated: July 6, 2014 6:21 pm

Man proposes midair in Vernon


WATCH: Shauna Merritt’s heart is racing from more than just adrenaline, as she completes her skydive in Vernon. Video by Sander Dokter, Okanagan Skydive.

VANCOUVER, B.C. — It’s been said that falling in love feels like jumping out of a plane.

Well, one newly engaged couple from Kelowna can say for certain whether or not the saying holds.

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This weekend, Shauna Merritt and her partner of seven years, Walter Weisstock got the family together. Weisstock’s two adult children came home for the weekend and joined them, but instead of golfing or going on wine tours like usual, the group decided to get adventurous.

With the help of Okanagan Skydive in Vernon, Weisstock concocted a plan to surprise the woman he loves, after she took the plunge.

Merritt was the last of the group to get out of the plane, and during her tandem jump she noticed her name in the field below. It was then she knew that something was up, she told Global News.

“My heart was racing; I was overjoyed,” she said. Midair, Merritt made out the writing on the sign below. “Shauna, will you marry me?” It read.

But before she could say, “YES!” there was still 3oo to 400 feet left to go. When she got to the ground, Weisstock was waiting for her down on one knee, as were her family and friends. Everyone celebrated with champagne.

This was Merritt’s second time skydiving, but the first time with a ring – and a fiancé, waiting for her on the ground.


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