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Romance in the air as Paul pops the question on move-in day

12 July 2016

A Yeovil woman got more than she bargained for when she stepped into her new home for the first time as her partner dropped to one knee and proposed.

Rachel Morris thought her partner of two years, Paul Martin, had been acting strangely all day, but she put that down to the nerves of moving into their new house. But, to her surprise, Rachel opened the box placed immediately inside the front door to discover a balloon emblazoned with the words “Will you marry me?”

Paul, who is 35 and owns an IT communications business, said: “I had been planning it for six months. I arranged with the sales advisor, Stephanie Ubl, to put the box in the house so that it was the first thing Rachel saw when we opened the front door for the first time. I was shaking walking up the house. As soon as the balloon flew out of the box I went down on one knee and popped the question. Fortunately, Rachel said yes!”

The pair, who have bought their first home together at Persimmon Homes’ Agusta Park development, off New Road, Lufton, now plan to marry in the next couple of years.

Rachel, who works for a shoe manufacturer, said: “I didn’t have a clue, even though it was the worst kept secret and all of our friends knew. I was overwhelmed and burst into tears. I thought he was acting oddly all day but I wasn’t expecting this. I had been joking with Paul about proposing on the Leap Day but he told me not to – now I know why.”

The happy couple have moved into a stunning four-bedroom The Kellett style home at Agusta Park.

Rachel, aged 31, added: “We wanted a bit more space. Paul has a daughter and he also wanted a double garage as a bit of a mancave. It’s a really lovely house and we’re enjoying getting to know the neighbours.”

Marie Abbott, field sales manager at Persimmon Homes South West, said: “I’m really pleased that we were able to help Paul with his proposal. I know that he was very nervous and I’m glad that it all worked out for him and Rachel. They have bought a wonderful property at Agusta Park which I’m sure they’ll enjoy together as husband and wife for many years to come.”

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