Will the ewe marry me? Man proposes to girlfriend by spraying the question on a SHEEP on the farm where they both work
- Michael Osborne, 30, and girlfriend Bryony Keale work on a farm on the Isle of Man
- Michael suggested by ‘will you marry me’ on the side of a sheep
- Bryony said ‘yes’ – just before the sheep fled and they had to chase him
A farmhand asked his girlfriend of nine to marry him with a surprise proposal by spraying the question on the side of a sheep.
Michael Osborne, 30, posed the question to Bryony Keale, 27, while the pair were shearing sheep at the Isle of Man farm where they both work.
While they were at work, Michael van Peel on the Isle of Man asked a friend to help squirt ‘will you marry me?’ on the side of a sheep.
He then pulled the sheep out of the cage and got on his knee to ask a shocked Bryony to be his wife, whereupon the animal ran away.
Michael Osborne proposed to his girlfriend Bryony by squirting a sheep and then getting down on one knee
Michael Osborne, 30, posed the question to Bryony Keale, 27, while the pair were shearing sheep at the farm they work on in the Isle of Man
Bryony, who saw the sheep before Michael proposed to her, at first thought someone had sprayed it for fun
Bryony, who at first didn’t believe the proposal was sincere, said, “He took the sheep out of the cage with the question on it, and I only remember saying, ‘Who wrote that?’
“I continued in the opposite direction and Michael’s good friend threw him the ring box, and I remember wondering if it was a joke.
‘I was so shocked; I could not believe it. I saw the sheep and I thought ‘definitely not’ and then he let go and got on one knee, so we had to wrestle the sheep back to get some pictures.”
However, the celebrations for the happy couple had to be discontinued, as they had to return to tending the other sheep.”
Friends and family of the couple flocked to the shaving area with champagne to watch the proposal. Pictured, Michael had to bring the sheep back in
Before being sheared, the sheep had to be wrestled back to subject them to pose for photos with the happy couple
When the last sheep was sheared that night, family and friends celebrated their engagement with champagne.
Michael planned to ask the question for three weeks and hired drones with photographers to capture the magical moment.
He said: ‘When I decided to make a real marriage proposal, there were only three days left of the shaving season, so time was against us.
“I knew she wanted to be presented in a scenic and meaningful place. The people we were shaving with were all really good friends, so it was the best time.
Michael had been working on the proposal for weeks and used the last sheep to be sheared to do it
Michael wanted the proposal to be special and surrounded by friends, so he chose the farm he worked on
“Luckily, the ring arrived in time for the penultimate day of shaving, but it was where I wanted it to happen—on the hills.”
The couple, who met at the island’s famous TT race, have said after their unconventional proposal that they don’t want anything too traditional at their wedding.
Michael added: “There will be a shaving theme, the night before we have a quick shaving competition.”
The sheep in demand was quickly returned to the flock, but still has the paint sprayed on the wool and has since become a top attraction in the area.
Bryony also said sheep can even feature in their wedding photos once they tie the knot.