Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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Welcome to Bucks County - Will You Marry Me?

A Bristol man proposed to his girlfriend from Ohio on their way to buying a house in Bensalem. What better place to pop the question than the county's Visitors Center?

Welcome to Bucks County - Will You Marry Me?

Today is already a big day for Mayur Patel of Bristol and Anjali Naik of Lima, Ohio – they’re closing on a house in Bensalem.

But Mayur decided to top it off by proposing to Anjali first, and he popped the question with the help of one of his new neighbors – the Bucks County Visitors Center on Street Road in front of Parx Casino.

It seems that Anjali loves postcards and collects them from all the places she visits, says Jessica Lawlor, marketing and communications coordinator for the county’s tourism bureau. So Mayur thought the postcard rack in the Visitor Center’s gift shop would be the perfect place to pop the question.

Mayur worked with the center’s staff to hide a postcard with a special message on the rack for Anjali to discover. Once Anjali found the postcard and read it, Mayur dropped down on one knee and proposed.

After saying, “Yes,” Anjali acknowledged she had been completely surprised.

Lawlor didn’t read the postcard – that was personal, she says – but did notice that Mayur, who works for Aetna, had filled it with his message.

The front of the postcard was a scene from Zambia, where Anjali was born. 

"Even though she was born there and lived there, she does not have a Zambia postcard in her collection and has always wanted one," Lawlor said. "Mayur thought it would be a great idea to hide this postcard within the Bucks County postcards so that it would stick out and grab her attention." 

Lawlor managed to discreetly capture the proposal by photographing it with her iPhone, and later the happy couple gladly posed for photos by the postcard stand.

Then it was off to become Bucks County homeowners.

Talk about a red-letter day.

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Chris Palmer covers Bucks County for the Philadelphia Inquirer. His previous work has appeared in the New York Times and on several Times blogs, including City Room, the Local East Village and SchoolBook (which has since been taken over by WNYC). Contact him at cpalmer@phillynews.com, 610 313 8212 or on Twitter, @cs_palmer.

Ben Finley covers Bucks County for The Philadelphia Inquirer. He previously worked for The Associated Press, FactCheck.org and the Bucks County Courier Times, where he won more than a dozen journalism awards from organizations including the Education Writers Association, the Society for Features Journalism and the Pennsylvania Bar Association. He grew up in Columbus, Ohio and graduated with honors from The Ohio State University with a degree in journalism. Contact him at bfinley@phillynews.com, 610-313-8118 or on Twitter, @Ben_Finley.

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