With the help of friends and neighbors, former Belfast native Skye Lawrence made a fly-over marriage proposal to her boyfriend, Krishna, Sunday, Aug. 9.

Lawrence said they are both avid flying enthusiasts and are actively pursuing their pilot's licenses, so it was not much of a stretch to go for a scenic plane ride.

While enjoying the lofty aerial views, eight friends and neighbors painted "Marry Me" in bright orange letters 150 feet long by Board Landing Farm on Kaler Road — her childhood home, where her mother still lives.

"They painted it with gallons of washable kids' paint over a couple of hours, deftly painting first the top half so cars could pass as the paint dried, and then the lower half," she said.

"They were a terrific team, and I think even had a lot of fun," Lawrence said. The artistic masterminds were Linda Steck and her daughter Alex.

"The whole thing all felt wonderfully Belfast and an incredible and hopefully entertaining, albeit a terrifically cheesy, way to start our lives together," she said.

Krishna was certainly surprised, Lawrence said, with much owed to the pilot's "excellent secret-keeping" skills. The pilot from Penobscot Island Air was even able to "wave" by shaking the little plane's wings for the folks on the ground.

Lawrence, who graduated from Islesboro Central High School, now lives in Washington, D.C., and is in Belfast for the summer, while Krishna is from Southern India and is fast becoming a serious Maine enthusiast.

"It turns out I 'scooped' him," she said, "as he was planning something similar in just a few months' time."

"I love Belfast, Maine, and the farm," Lawrence said. "What better place to ask such an important question!"