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Julian Garcia and Katelyn Bowyer celebrate their engagement at Balloon Fiesta Park during Saturday morning's mass ascension.  Husband to be Julian Garcia chose the Balloon Fiesta specifically to propose.  The couple is more Los Angeles.   (Roberto E. Rosales/Journal)

Julian Garcia and Katelyn Bowyer celebrate their engagement at Balloon Fiesta Park during Saturday morning’s mass ascension. Husband to be Julian Garcia chose the Balloon Fiesta specifically to propose. The couple is from Los Angeles. (Roberto E. Rosales/Albuquerque Journal)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — It seems love was in the air, too, at Saturday’s Balloon Fiesta.

As hot-air balloons floated lazily overhead in the morning, two couples were reveling in their new engagements that unfolded on the launch field.

Justin Visokay and Daniella Armijo pose for a photo after he proposed to her at Balloon Fiesta Park on Saturday. She said yes. (Karen Moses/Journal)

Justin Visokay and Daniella Armijo pose for a photo after he proposed to her at Balloon Fiesta Park on Saturday. She said yes. (Karen Moses/Albuquerque Journal)

One soon-to-be-groom, Justin Visokay, stood with his fiancée, Daniella Armijo, as a balloon inflated to reveal a banner that read: “Daniella, will you marry me? xxxxoooo Justin.”

Another man, Julian Garcia, took the more traditional approach. He got on one knee and popped the big question to Katelyn Bowyer.

Both women said yes, amidst a lot of cheering.

Tom Garrity, Balloon Fiesta spokesman, said one or two couples a year – at least – get engaged at the fall fiesta. Other couples regularly get married during balloon rides.

City Councilor Don Harris got married at the Balloon Fiesta last year, Garrity said, also noting that KOB-TV weatherman/fiesta staple Steve Stucker officiated a wedding on the field last year.

“People have always used fiesta either for weddings or proposals,” Garrity said.

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