PERFECT PROPOSAL: Ben Nelson proposed to his partner fof four years Joanne Moranino along the Airlie Beach foreshore where he had a fireworks display, picnic rug, balloons and flowers waiting for her. Photo by Andrew Pattinson Photography.
PERFECT PROPOSAL: Ben Nelson proposed to his partner fof four years Joanne Moranino along the Airlie Beach foreshore where he had a fireworks display, picnic rug, balloons and flowers waiting for her. Photo by Andrew Pattinson Photography.

Proposal with a big bang effect

SPARKS were literally flying on Saturday night when Whitsunday resident Ben Nelson organisaed a surprise fireworks display on the Airlie Beach foreshore as part of his proposal to his partner, Joanne Moranino.

After dinner at Caper’s restaurant, Ben and Joanne went for a walk along Airlie Beach where Ben had a picnic rug with balloons and a bunch of flowers waiting for her.

"When she saw it she said ‘what are you doing, what is all this for’," Ben said.

"She was pretty shocked."

Trying not to give away the game too early, Ben pressed the button on the remote he was given by CQ Fireworks which lit up a sign covered in fireworks that read ‘marry me’.

"She didn’t know that I had planned it all," Ben said.

"It probably took six to eight weeks to organise," he said.

"I thought it was a pretty good idea."

Ben also had a bigger set of fireworks go off which lasted between five and ten minutes.

"I had to get approvals and things before I did it, but it was worth it," he said.

The couple met four years ago in Airlie Beach after Ben moved to the Whitsundays from Ballarat in Victoria.

Joanne grew up in the Whitsundays.

They are planning on getting married next year.


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