Jason Koch gets down on one knee to propose to Julia Ladnova, who is still wearing her JetLev equipment.
ST. PETE BEACH – After watching a video on the JetLev, Jason Koch of St. Petersburg had a dream of proposing marriage to his girlfriend, Julia Ladnova, on the JetLev.
A month later, a TradeWinds’ Living Social deal for the JetLev came out and he called TradeWinds with his idea. He thought the JetLev fit him and Julia perfectly. After all, it was fun, adventurous and extreme.
John Thee, the resort’s water sports manager, loved the idea. He and his team instantly put into play how they could pull off the proposal.
On the day of the June 10 proposal, Jason created a scavenger hunt for Julia, which led her to some of their favorite places. The final note she got told her to go home, change into her swimsuit and make her way to TradeWinds for the “ride of her life.”
Julia came to TradeWinds with her parents and brother in tow, not having a clue what was going on. Then she found out she was about to ride on a JetLev.
While Julia was having fun on the JetLev, Jason, donned in a full tuxedo, hitched a ride on a Jetski out to the boat and snuck on without Julia seeing. He proceeded to lay out flowers along the boat and as Julia stepped up the ladder of the boat, Train’s “Marry Me,” started playing from portable speakers.
A little confused at first, Julia finally noticed Jason and was immediately teary-eyed and all smiles.
With the JetLev pack still strapped on to her, Jason got on one knee and proposed.
“Whether it’s taking our first step onto a JetLev, or watching our future kids take their first steps, I want to take this journey, this adventure of a lifetime with you. Julia, will you marry me?”
Julia said yes and the two embraced and slow-danced for the rest of the song.
They planned to be married June 29 in Daugavpils, Latvia.