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ANDnow­for some­thing en­tirely dif­fer­ent – per­haps one of the all-time great wed­ding pro­pos­als.

Ray White Cen­tral Ho­bart prop­erty con­sul­tant Paul Rea­son and govern­ment worker Lara McLaugh­lan, daugh­ter of Har­courts Eastern Shore re­cep­tion­ist Cherie McLaugh­lan, re­cently re­turned to Ho­bart from a sev­en­week hol­i­day with a tale of epic ro­man­tic pro­por­tions.

Paul vis­ited his soon to be par­entsin-law shortly be­fore the hol­i­day to ask per­mis­sion to marry Lara and filled them in on his se­cret plans.

‘‘I was just flab­ber­gasted and I had to keep­mylips zipped be­fore she went away,’’ Cherie said. ‘‘It was very dif­fi­cult.’’ Tak­ing off on their trip, the cou­ple of four years had spent time in Sin­ga­pore be­fore mov­ing on to Dubai and en­joy­ing a spe­cial fi­nal day on Au­gust 9.

‘‘They took a sea­plane scenic flight over the man-made is­lands in Dubai and Paul had or­gan­ised to have writ­ten in the sand ‘will you marry me?’ and pro­posed while they were still in the air,’’ Cherie said.

‘‘When they got off the plane he had a dozen long-stemmed roses wait­ing for her and a hum­mer­limo to whisk her off to this lovely lunch with all sorts of food and cham­pagne. He put so­muchthought into it.’’

Ant Man­ton and the team at Ray White Cen­tral were thrilled to wel­come Paul and Lara back from their hol­i­day and con­grat­u­lated them on their en­gage­ment.

‘‘We couldn’t be hap­pier for Paul and Lara – they are a won­der­ful cou­ple andwe­know they will be very happy to­gether,’’ the team said.

‘‘Andwe­had no idea that Paul was such a hope­less ro­man­tic!

‘‘We’re won­der­ing if this flair for at­tract­ing peo­ple’s at­ten­tion will ex­tend to his ven­dors and pur­chasers – who­knows what hemay­have up his sleeve? Con­grat­u­la­tions guys – we’re re­ally happy for you both.’’

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