However, on Friday, June 8, Tim Corrigan planned the ultimate romantic gesture for his now fiancÃ©e, Courtney. Tim called up a friend from WLKY-32 and asked him to fly the TV stationâ€™s news chopper to a field behind Courtneyâ€™s house. Tim and Courtney were lifted off the ground by helicopter, and the two went soaring through the air, stopping right in the center of Waterfront Park.
â€œWe were in New York and we did a helicopter tour and a lot of people thought thatâ€™s when (I was) going to propose,â€ explained Tim, who spent about three months planning the proposal. â€œAnd we did a helicopter tour in Vegas to the Grand Canyon … and everyone thought (I) was going to do it. And this time we hadnâ€™t gotten engaged twice, so she thought it was just a joyride.â€
Suspecting the entire night was centered around a trip to see the Kix Brooks concert at Fourth Street Live!, Courtney never thought twice about a potential engagement ring culminating the night.
It wasnâ€™t until Courtney saw photographer Jacob Zimmer waiting at Waterfront Park that she knew the third helicopter ride would be the charm.
Tim and Courtney walked toward the water, where a table had been set up with the coupleâ€™s favorite drink, the Side Car martini, and a hand-made bouquet of white flowers.
â€œShe looked at me and said, â€˜Are we getting married?â€™ Tim said. They didnâ€™t get hitched that day, but Tim did walk Courtney closer to the water to get down on one knee and ask her to be his wife.As soon as Courtney answered with an â€œabsolutely,â€ Tim gave the thumbs up to a fireworks technician standing by. A three-minute fireworks display filled the sky and a crowd formed to witness the spectacle.
Walking back toward Witherspoon Street, Tim and Courtney then passed by a condo on Waterfront Park Place. There, friends were hanging outside on the balcony, ready to unveil a huge banner congratulating Tim and Courtney.
What first seemed like a few close buddies turned out to be an entire reception of friends and family inside the 10th floor of the condo.
After celebrating the engagement, everyone headed to Molly Maloneâ€™s in St. Matthews, where Tim and Courtney first met.
The date is yet to be set for the wedding, but after all Timâ€™s proposal planning, he hopes Courtney will be willing to take over some of the wedding details. Regardless, the two are excited to begin a new journey together, which Tim said has been built upon the foundation of, â€œTwo words simply: respect and trust.â€
Photos By TIM VALENTINO | Contributing Photographer