Richard Boucher took his girlfriend to new heights when he decided to pop the question to her on top of a mountain

By Jason Duaine Hahn
March 28, 2018 02:13 PM

A Canadian man took his girlfriend to new heights when he decided to pop the question to her on top of a mountain.

Richard Boucher booked a surprise helicopter ride to Mount Hope in British Columbia to treat his girlfriend, Danelle, to one of the most gorgeous backdrops in Canada. Little did she know, though, that Richard had a bit more up his sleeve than just a ride in the skies.

The two have been friends for over a decade ever since they met when Danelle was Richard’s bank teller in Ontario. Over the six years they have been dating, the two have bonded over snowboarding, but since Richard was injured during his time with the Canadian Forces, he hasn’t been able to hit the slopes. Unfortunately, that also meant Richard wouldn’t be able to fulfill his dream of proposing to his girlfriend at the top of a mountain during a snowboarding trip—so Richard improvised.

“It was our thing, our date nights and our passion,” Richard says of snowboarding. “[I] can no longer snowboard, so this was my way of making my vision happen.”

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In footage from PEOPLE’s video series, The Upbeat, in association with Citi, Richard is seen presenting Danelle with a golden rose as a token of his love during their trip to Mount Hope on March 17. After directing Danelle to hold the rose and a glass of champagne while turning to the mountains in the distance, Richard retrieves the ring and gets down on one knee. Danelle immediately starts giggling and becomes emotional just as Richard asks, “Will you marry me?” Danelle says yes, and the duo gives each other a collection of kisses on the snowy summit. To end the video, Richard turns back to the camera and gives it an enthusiastic thumbs up!

The couple, who have a 10-month-old daughter named Isla (and a dog named Atlas) hopes to have a destination wedding in the next couple of years.

“We are aiming to have a destination wedding in the next year or two,” Richard says, “so that we can have our friends and family from all around Canada and the world join us on our wedding day!”