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.
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.