Luke Hine goes down on one knee to propose to girlfriend Katelyn Shearing in front of the sign he constructed at Queens Park.
Luke Hine goes down on one knee to propose to girlfriend Katelyn Shearing in front of the sign he constructed at Queens Park. Contributed

Luke enlists mates to help light up Queens Park proposal

IT WAS a proposal that lit up Toowoomba woman Katelyn Shearing's night.

Her fiancé Luke Hine popped the question in front of a 13m-long and two-metre-high Marry Me? sign at Queens Park Botanic Gardens.

With the help of his mates, one an electrician and another an engineer, Mr Hines made the sign out of rope lights and zip ties.

He said he found a random power socket in the park to plug the lights into.

"The sign didn't look that impressive during the day but at night it looked pretty good," he said.

"I wanted to do something cool. It only happens once."

Ms Shearing said her fiancé was sometimes a romantic, "when he feels like it".

She had her suspicions about the proposal when a friend made an excuse for them to go out to coffee.

When she was asked to put on a blindfold those suspicions were confirmed but she had no idea about the sign.

"I took off the blindfold and Luke was down on one knee in front of the sign," she said.

"That was a huge surprise, it was amazing."

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It was a somewhat risky venture for the young romantic, not that he was worried she would say no.

"I was worried the council would come and ask me to remove it," he said.

Mr Hine also organised a photographer to hide in the bushes to capture the happy moment.

The couple met two years ago at Fitzy's Fibber Magee Toowoomba.

Their wedding is planned for October this year.


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