Big leap of faith then Jess lands to beach marriage proposal
JUMPING out of the aeroplane wasn't the only leap of faith Jess Hudson took when she went skydiving.
The 21-year-old became engaged to partner Chris Sarquis on the Sunshine Coast in a different fashion last month.
As Ms Hudson glided down to Moffat Beach, her Sunshine Coast Skydivers tandem jumper pointed to Mr Sarquis, 27, waiting for her on the ground.
Mr Sarquis had set up a large canvas sign painted with the words: "Jess, will you marry me?"
"We landed there and there was Chris, on one knee, proposing," Ms Hudson said.
"There were people on the beach clapping and cheering.
"It was very beautiful.
"It was fantastic. There was adrenaline, excitement and a surprise."
However, Mother Nature almost thwarted the proposal.
The couple had come to Caloundra, where Chris grew up, for a short break.
He bought the skydive for her as a surprise for the Saturday, but rain meant it had to be put on hold.
"He was very upset and I didn't know why," she said.
"Then he told me that night that he had a surprise for me and said I would be skydiving on Sunday.
"It ended up being such a beautiful day. I jumped from 14,000 feet and you could see so much."
The couple had been dating for six months.
They met while playing on the same touch football team.
They plan to marry in November next year. Sunshine Coast Skydivers marketing manager Mirka Jendriskova said they were becoming very good at keeping secrets.
"We get quite a few proposals," she said.
"We get a good kick out of being involved and helping out."
Ms Jendriskova said skydivers even had held a marriage on their plane in November last year.