ANSWER IS YES: Martin Speter surprises girlfriend Kayla Leatham with a proposal on The Morning Show yesterday.A PROPOSAL on television and a marriage ceremony were some of the romantic gestures made by Hunter residents on Valentine’s Day.
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Hunter Valley couple Kayla Leatham, 23, and Martin Speter, 24, became engaged on Seven’s The Morning Show.

Mr Speter, who has moved from Darwin to Singleton with the army, surprised his girlfriend of three years with a diamond ring.

Ms Leatham thought they had made the trip to Sydney to take part in a Valentine’s Day segment.

Mr Speter returned from Afghanistan midway through last year and the couple soon began talking about marriage.

‘‘I’ve been planning it for weeks. I had really played down Valentine’s Day this year because I wanted it to be a big surprise,’’ Mr Speter said.

Four couples tied the knot in low-key ceremonies at the NSW Registry of Births Deaths & Marriages at Hamilton.

Michelle Stumpp and Greg Ninness from Port Macquarie have been together six years and were married during their holiday break in Newcastle.

Amendments and marriage officer Kerrie Andrew said special dates such as 12/12/12 as well as Valentine’s Day and February 29 were proving popular for couples this year.

‘‘Some people want the simplicity of a registry wedding while others are trying to save money for a home,’’ she said.

The celebrant married the four couples at the Boulevard On Beaumont Hotel, next door to the registry office.

‘‘The registry goes to extra trouble to hire the Boulevard for couples and provide floral arrangements on Valentine’s Day,’’ she said.

It is estimated more than 100 couples in NSW took the plunge yesterday.

Valentine’s Day weddings in NSW were down on past years when the day had fallen on a weekend. About 286 couples got married on Valentine’s Day in 2010 – a Sunday – while 726 pairs married on February 14, 2009, which fell on a Saturday.