Spalding couple’s mid-air engagement is a first for Holbeach St Johns airfield

Adam's T-shirt says it all as the newly engaged couple stand beside the Cessna.
Adam's T-shirt says it all as the newly engaged couple stand beside the Cessna.
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A Spalding woman said ‘yes’ to a surprise mid-air marriage proposal when her boyfriend was having his first ever flying lesson at Holbeach St Johns airfield.

Emma Holden (27) bought the lesson for Adam Biggs as a birthday treat on December 16, and he booked it close to the fourth anniversary of the day their relationship began so he could pop the question at the perfect time.

The Cessna 172 flies over the airfield as Adam Biggs makes his marriage proposal to Emma Holden. ANL-160104-152152001

The Cessna 172 flies over the airfield as Adam Biggs makes his marriage proposal to Emma Holden. ANL-160104-152152001

That gave Adam three months to live up to his name by planning something really big.

He bought a glittering diamond from Hatton Garden, had it set in a ring, and had a T-shirt printed that said: “She said yes!!!! Check out My New Fiancee Emma”.

The T-shirt was hidden inside his zipped-up jacket as Adam and Emma headed off for the airfield.

As the 45-minute lesson neared its end, Adam asked passenger Emma to look down at the runway ... and there was the big question: “Emma will you marry me?”

They even made me a certificate of achievement saying I had successfully taken control of a Cessna 172 and also proposed to Emma, who said ‘yes’.

Adam Biggs

Among those in on the secret were couple’s family, airfield staff and Adam’s pal Aaron Shepherd, who set out the proposal banner, and they gave the couple a happy champagne landing.

The pilot announced Emma’s marriage proposal acceptance over the radio to those waiting on the ground.

Adam said the airfield staff had never seen anything like it before.

He said: “They were brilliant.

The banner says it all: Emma will you marry me? ANL-160104-152108001

The banner says it all: Emma will you marry me? ANL-160104-152108001

“They had a bottle of bubbly for us and they took photographs for us.

“They even made me a certificate of achievement saying I had successfully taken control of a Cessna 172 and also proposed to Emma, who said ‘yes’.”

Adam (29), a demand planner with Flamingo Flowers, said the best moment was “seeing Emma’s face when I gave her the ring”.

He explained: “It was just complete shock. She had no idea. It was so perfect.”

Champagne toast - Adam Biggs and Emma Holden following their mid-air engagement. ANL-160104-152140001

Champagne toast - Adam Biggs and Emma Holden following their mid-air engagement. ANL-160104-152140001

Emma said she was “completely surprised” on the day, but she had never expected Adam to propose to her in a hotel or over dinner because that would be too conventional for him.

She had messaged members of her family to see if they wanted to watch Adam’s flying lesson, but no one responded.

“I thought everyone must be busy,” she said.

Emma, who works for the Environment Agency, and Adam plan to marry in May or June of 2018.

In the meantime, they will be attending the weddings of friends – including one in The Caribbean when Adam will be best man – and Emma says that will give them the chance to “scope them out” and help shape their own wedding plans.