French men are arguably the most romantic in the world. So isn't it appropriate — even expected — that on Valentine's Day 2013 a 35-year-old French suitor named Sebastian would make history by becoming the first man ever to propose to his girlfriend from space. Specifically, we mean the stratosphere, 30 km above the Earth.
Here's how it works...
For a modest investment of $6,700, Sebastian hired a French company called ApoteoSurprise to release into the sky a giant, unmanned helium-filled balloon, similar in size to a weather balloon.
But instead of being loaded with weather-monitoring devices, it will be equipped with a video camera focused on a photo of the loving couple, along with Sebastian's printed proposal (in French), "Vanessa, I love you! Will you marry me?"
During its three-hour skyward journey, the video camera will be capturing the couple's photo/proposal against a backdrop of breathtaking and ever-changing views of the earth below.
“At this altitude, the scenery is just amazing, and the blue planet is just the most beautiful thing ever seen,” said ApoteoSurprise founder Nicolas Garreau, whose company specializes in super-creative and super-romantic marriage proposals.
When the balloon reaches an altitude of about 30 km, it will explode, a parachute will open and the video equipment will gently return to Earth. ApoteoSurprise will recover the footage and edit it into a proposal DVD.
The DVD message will prove to Vanessa that Sebastian was willing to go to the ends of the earth — and space — to make his proposal a one-of-a-kind, memorable experience.
“In France, we have an expression which says that when we are really in love, we must be able to ‘unhook the moon from the sky.’" Garreau commented. "So, I said to myself, 'OK, I’ll do it!'"
Apart from ApoteoSurprise's space proposal, there are other romantic offers from which to choose. There’s the Cinderella carriage at Moulin Rouge with a magical shoe ($2,670), an airplane displaying the proposal message on its wings while flying over Notre Dame ($5,360), and even a shower of 1,000 red roses fully covering a yacht during a VIP dinner-cruise on the Seine river ($7,380).
Not too shabby.