Jason Hakala, a Seattle native who works at Cut Video, decided to propose to his girlfriend Stella in 2012. We know what you’re thinking — what could be so impressive about a proposal. After all, it feels like we’ve seen it all. We’ve seen elaborate proposals, uncomfortable proposals and even Frozen-inspired proposals. But trust us when we say Hakala really wanted his proposal to be out-of-this-world.
Cut Video just released the proposal video on YouTube this month. Why did he wait until two years later to show the video? Watch to the end to find out.
Jason and Stella met in high school in Honolulu, Hawaii. Ten years later, they met again in Seattle and started going out. When he and his friends planned to honor John Glenn’s orbit around the earth 50 years ago, he realized it was the right opportunity to honor his love with Stella as well.
“Initially that is what it was — a tribute video to space exploration with the addition of my proposal video,” he told The Huffington Post via email. “But later it became more about the proposal. I think there is something romantic about it, in a very nerdy and unique way.”
The technicalities of it? Jason and his team used a PVC pipe, a weather balloon, an iPhone, a GoPro and a GPS unit. The built structure was launched from a field three hours east of Seattle. The GoPro was pointed towards the iPhone as it played a looped video of Jason’s marriage proposal, as well as the John Glenn tribute.
The balloon was found in a landing spot many hours later and 200 miles away from the original launch point. Stella was present to watch the launch and landing, but the hidden message in the middle was unknown to her the entire time.
It wasn’t until the next day, when Jason, Stella and her family went on a hike, that he played the footage back to her. As she sat next to him in the snow, she saw him from space saying, “It took me a trip to space to finally get the balls to do this, but I love you so much and I want to spend the rest of my life with you. Will you marry me?”
The answer was a jubilant “Yes!” Jason and Stella married in August 2012 in Hawaii and are now parents to 13-month-old daughter Suvi.