Tynemouth man proposes by carving engagement ring into the sand

A shore yes! Romantic man proposes to his girlfriend by having a giant picture of her engagement ring carved on their favourite beach

  • George Smith, 28 proposed to his girlfriend on her favourite beach in Tynemouth
  • The solicitor had a picture of the engagement ring carved into the sand 
  • His long-term girlfriend Rachel Hunter, 25 didn’t expect the romantic proposal  

A romantic man proposed to his girlfriend by having a giant picture of her engagement ring carved on their favourite beach.

George Smith, 28, secretly hired an artist to create the drawing before surprising long-term girlfriend Rachel Hunter, 25.

Drone video captured the moment Rachel spotted the 50ft carving of a diamond ring which was engraved into the sand at King Edward’s Bay in Tynemouth.

Inside the ring were the words: ‘Rachel, will you marry me? GHS.’

George Smith, 28, proposed to Rachel Hunter, 25, on their favourite beach, King Edward's Bay in Tynemouth

George Smith, 28, proposed to Rachel Hunter, 25, on their favourite beach, King Edward’s Bay in Tynemouth

George then got down on one knee and proposed to Rachel before presenting her with the one-carat diamond ring last Thursday – 4th August. 

George said: ‘I wanted to do something special for the proposal at King Edward’s Bay which is our favourite beach.

‘I contacted beach artist Claire Eason to copy the ring I’d bought Rachel so she would see from the cliff path.

‘Everything had to be timed to perfection because there was only an hour window for me to get Rachel to the beach before the tide came in.

George and Rachel (pictured) are both solicitors and live nearby Tynemouth, which is a special place for them both

George and Rachel (pictured) are both solicitors and live nearby Tynemouth, which is a special place for them both

‘I was panicking and worried we’d get to the beach just to see the design get washed away.

‘When we got to the spot above the beach I told Rachel to look at the sand art and when she turned back around I was on one knee holding the ring.

‘She was really taken aback and luckily she said yes.

‘We went down to the beach and people were cheering and the bar on the beach was belting out “Love Shack,” It was a really special moment.’

George proposed to Rachel by having a giant picture of her engagement ring carved into the sand on Kind Edward's Bay

George proposed to Rachel by having a giant picture of her engagement ring carved into the sand on Kind Edward’s Bay

George reveals how everything was timed to perfection, and he only had an hour to get Rachel there before the tide came in and washed away the drawing

George reveals how everything was timed to perfection, and he only had an hour to get Rachel there before the tide came in and washed away the drawing 

Beach artist Claire Eason based the sand design on the engagement ring, which George had already bought

Beach artist Claire Eason based the sand design on the engagement ring, which George had already bought 

Beach artist Claire, 57, spent three hours etching the giant ring into the sand before texting George to arrange the surprise proposal.

She said: ‘George wanted his proposal to Rachel to be unique and memorable and he contacted me to see I could help.

The beach has a dramatic backdrop, which contains a clifftop walk that the design could be seen from

The beach has a dramatic backdrop, which contains a clifftop walk that the design could be seen from 

Claire spent three hours etching the giant ring into the sand before texting George to arrange the surprise proposal

Claire spent three hours etching the giant ring into the sand before texting George to arrange the surprise proposal

‘He had a beautiful ring ready and we based the design on that.

‘King Edward’s Bay is their favourite beach and a dramatic backdrop to pop the question.

‘George revealed the design high on the cliff top and proposed on one knee there.

‘Rachel said yes and everyone on the beach cheered and a warm fuzzy feeling was definitely palpable.’

George and Rachel, both solicitors who live near Tynemouth, plan to get married in the summer of 2024. 

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