FARMINGTON — Kurt Adams took his marriage proposal to new heights Saturday.
Using Davis County’s largest tourist attraction as a backdrop and garnering the help of a handful of accomplices, Adams proposed to Susan Hamilton, his girlfriend of nine months, while the two were aboard Lagoon’s Sky Ride.
The wedding proposal, already getting a number of Facebook views, was recorded by Adams’ parents, who were one chairlift behind them.
Adams, 25, of Roy, said he was looking for originality to keep Susan, who is quick to key into clues, a little off guard.
Two weeks in the making, the plan involved having several strategically placed passersby heading the opposite direction on the Sky Ride hold one of a series of five separate signs reading, “Susan, Will You Marry Me?”
“She was surprised. She had no idea it was coming. I did a pretty good job of hiding it from her,” said Adams, who had the ring wrapped in a piece of paper in his pocket.
However, his plan almost got shot from the sky.
“She just about missed the second sign,” Adams said of his fiancee, who, after reading the first sign “Susan,” turned to him to talk about the coincidence of that being her name.
Had the series of signs not worked, Adams said, he had come to the amusement park with no backup plan.
Once Adams, a student at Southern Utah University, verbally popped the question, there is an audible voice over the recording telling him to “kiss her.”
Adams said he has yet to determine who actually screamed that, considering strangers in passing chairs on the ride were congratulating them on their engagement.
Adams said he was a bundle of nerves, hoping not to drop the ring from the ride.
“My hands were shaking because I was nervous. I couldn’t even figure out which of her hands to put the ring on,” he said.
It was the longest amusement park ride he had ever been on, he said, with the ride stopping and starting several times before they reached the people heading the other direction holding the signs.
But the result worked out for Adams and Hamilton, who is from the city of Loa in Wayne County.
The pair initially met as a result of his father, Gary Adams, being the bishop of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Roy ward that Susan’s sister and brother-in-law attend.
The couple set Dec. 14 as their wedding date, Adams said.
Dick Andrew, Lagoon’s vice president of marketing, said he was unaware of the romantic moment and has no count as to how often the amusement park has served as a setting to marriage proposals.
“I haven’t heard of others,” he said, “but I am sure it has taken place.”
Lagoon has more than 1 million visitors each season.