The couple whose candlelit proposal was seen from the sky

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The couple whose candlelit proposal was seen from the sky
27th August 2014

The romantic pair behind a marriage proposal using dozens of candles which was captured from the air by a Met police helicopter camera, have been identified as a young couple from North West London.

24 year old Meena Rabadia, a marketing assistant from Neasden and her fiancé, 23 year old electrician Utpal Kanbia from Wembley came forward after the spectacular proposal video in Dollis Hill's Gladstone Park went viral.

They admitted in an interview with London Live that when they heard the police helicopter overhead for so long, they feared they might be arrested for starting a fire.  

Utpal says he was worried "because we thought "Oh s**t are we allowed to do this sort of stuff in a public park?  Are we breaking any laws?"  But to be honest we had everything covered in that sense. we had a standby fire extinguisher and water bottles - in case it did get out of hand." 

Meena says she was "shocked and surprised" by the proposal, as she ''saw a group of boys with hoodies on, got scared and wanted to walk away.  But he said no, and we came closer and I was like 'Oh My God, does that say what it says?​' And then he got the ring out and I thought ​'​is he going to propose to me?​'​ And he did.  He got down on his knees and he did it the way a man should do it!"

Having been together for six years, Kanbia admits he was feeling the pressure to propose to his girlfriend but wanted to make it special and Gladstone Park was where they'd gone on their first date.

He'd paid two visits to the park in the days running up to the romantic gesture in preparation - and had to make two stops on the way over to give his mates enough time to light the candles ahead of their arrival.  "I stalled her twice had to go Asda, then Tesco, just so that these guys can light it up for me.  Like everyone is saying​,​ thanks for the boys for pulling it off for me." 

​And although he was pretty sure she'd say yes - he admits he was feeling nervous, and jokes that if she hadn't - he would have chucked the water at the candles to put them out.


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