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.’’