Using pumpkins to propose

Using pumpkins to propose
Oct 16, 2018

Jesse Seads developed an elaborate plan to pop the question to his girlfriend

By Diego Flammini
Staff Writer

A British Columbia farmer played a pivotal role in helping someone ask a very important question.

Satnam Gobind, whose family owns Gobind Farms in Saanichton, B.C., allowed Jesse Seads use some of the family’s pumpkin patch to ask Justine Aichelberger for her hand in marriage.

Jesse, his father, Douglas, and their 95-year-old neighbor Jim Squire rolled 640 pumpkins into place to spell out “JUSTINE WILL YOU MARRY ME?”

Shawna Walker/Times Colonist photo

Gobind “allowed us to use the middle section of all the pumpkins to create the lettering,” Douglas told the Times Colonist Sunday. “We reassembled it like an Etch A Sketch.”

With the pumpkin proposal in place, Jesse needed to find a way to get Justine into the sky.

He told Justine that he won a flight in a contest at work.

Before Saturday’s proposal, Jesse picked Justine up from work in a Rolls Royce. The couple drove to the Victoria Flying Club for the flight.

“It was all quite a lovely conspiracy,” Douglas told the Times Colonist.

Once the pair were skyward, their pilot showed them a few sights before slowing down over the message.

“She was admiring the pumpkin fields and suddenly it hit her,” Douglas said.

That’s when Justin took out the engagement ring and a bottle of champagne that he stowed away in the airplane.

She said yes, by the way.

The pair met at a Halloween party, so proposing with pumpkins seemed fitting.

Douglas is thrilled to have Justine join the family officially.

“We really, really want Justine as a daughter-in-law,” he told the Sooke News Mirror Sunday. “She is gold and a gift to our family.”

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