Matt & Jamie
Panama City Beach Proposal at the Grand Marlin
It’s not easy to propose when you already know you’ll share the rest of your life together. Like most couples, Matt and Jamie talked about marriage and their future together. They knew that was the path their relationship was on. Yet still, Matt wanted to surprise Jamie with a proposal she wouldn’t be expecting. So with the help of their friends and the staff at the Grand Marlin Matt formulated his five-step Panama City Beach Proposal plan.
Step 1. Drive to the beach for a weekend getaway with friends.
Step 2. Make dinner reservations for four overlooking the marina.
Step 3. Seat photographer close enough to eavesdrop but not be creepy.
Step 3b. Bring the sister to sell the illusion of being just another table. Order desert as an improvised delay tactic.
Step 4. Confidently make brief eye contact with the photographer one time.
Step 5. Take a casual stroll on the docks after dinner then drop to one knee just as Jamie turns around.
By the time step five went into effect, I had my camera out and the rest of the restaurant had caught onto what was happening. The other diners were probably clued in when all the wait staff paused to watch. They too had been anxiously waiting for this moment. After a heartfelt yes and tearful hugs, the Grand Marlin sent out a bottle of bubbly and we celebrated on the docks until the sunset over the marina. It was a beautiful evening and Matt’s well-executed proposal brought joy to everyone who witnessed it. And now I’m just as excited for Matt and Jamie as they plan the next steps of their future together.
If you enjoyed Matt and Jamie’s proposal, check out Molly and Jason’s elopement at Watercolor Inn on 30A.