A very public proposal

YOUNG LOVE: Feng Fe pops the question to his girlfriend Yi Wei at Massey University.
YOUNG LOVE: Feng Fe pops the question to his girlfriend Yi Wei at Massey University.

Moments before a very public wedding proposal, Feng Fe was a nervous man pacing his way around Massey University's grass oval.

He'd spent hours blowing up more than 100 pink balloons, pinning them precariously to the grass and praying his sweetheart would say yes.

With romantic tunes blaring and bubbles at the ready, Mr Fe, 27, dropped to one knee yesterday to ask his long-term girlfriend Yi Wei, 25, for her hand in marriage.

To his great relief, she said yes.

He had decorated a grass bank on the side of the university's cricket oval outside the student centre with a "Marry Me Yi" message made out of party balloons.

Ms Wei, a second-year PhD student, was working in her office on the other side of campus and had called her boyfriend to bring her lunch. He fobbed off the question and instead a few of Ms Wei's workmates opted to take her out instead - it was also her birthday.

She was confronted with the metre-high message and was pulled across the grass blushing to a man in waiting. After popping the questions first in Chinese, a slight pause and then in English, a cheer went up for the newly engaged couple.

"I don't how to express how I'm feeling, a few staff invited me for lunch and I didn't know what for, but I didn't expect anything," Ms Wei said.

"It was a big surprise."

The couple meet in class six years ago while studying finance at Wuhan University in Hubei, China.

They moved to Palmerston North in 2008 to finish their bachelors degrees in New Zealand and Ms Wei went on to further study.

Mr Fe said he had been hatching the elaborate engagement plan for about a week, with the help of a few mates.

But now the real planning begins. Once they tell their parents, they're going back to China to be married next year.

Manawatu Standard