'Marry Me?': 120 people help Ontario man propose to girlfriend

Jon Toews proposed to Rachel Reles from the air as they flew over friends and family holding up...

Jon Toews proposed to Rachel Reles from the air as they flew over friends and family holding up balloons that formed the words "Marry Me?"¯ (Bob Tymczyszyn/QMI Agency)

Karena Walter, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:22 AM ET

ST. CATHARINES, Ont. - Love was in the air -- and on the ground -- as 120 friends, family and congregation members gathered to help Jon Toews propose to Rachel Reles.

On Wednesday, Toews, 39, was in an airplane with his now-fiancee circling over the Southridge Church, where both volunteer with the homeless shelter and attend the services.

Down below, crowd members held balloons that formed the words “Marry Me?”

“She doesn’t have a clue. She thinks it’s just an airplane ride, that’s all,” said Reles’ father, Rado Mackic, as they waited for the plane.


One hundred and twenty friends, family and congregation members helped Jon Toews propose to his girlfriend Rachel Reles by holding up balloons that formed the words “Marry Me?” (Bob Tymczyszyn/QMI Agency)

Mackic blew up 500 balloons with Reles’ mother, Roxanne Reles, and volunteers earlier in the day.

Family members came from as far away as Guelph for the proposal, which took Toews two months to plan.


Jon Toews proposed to Rachel Reles from the air as they flew over friends and family holding up balloons that formed the words “Marry Me?” (Bob Tymczyszyn/QMI Agency)

“He loves the community and he wanted everyone to be a part of it,” said Chelsea, Toews’ 14-year-old daughter from a previous marriage. “They’re perfect for each other.”


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