Matthew and Amanda
How We Met
Matt and I met in the Atlantis Resort Casino on Paradise Island in the Bahamas. He was there for a friend’s wedding as a groomsman, while I was vacationing with my mom and sister Memorial Day weekend in 2015. We met the night of the wedding, which also happened to be Matt’s birthday. One of the fellow groomsmen first approached my sister while Matt was playing Craps, but Matt was shortly pulled-away from the table as my mom joined the conversation with my sister and Matt’s friend. Meanwhile, I was trying my luck on the slots unsuccessfully a few feet away, oblivious to the fact that my future husband was meeting my mom for the first time. As soon as I saw the poor guy deep in conversation with my mother, I decided to give the birthday boy a break of his “wingman duty.” I introduced myself as the older sister, and we began casually chatting.
Subsequently, the conversation between my sister and Matt’s friend quickly fizzled out, while our deep and meaningful conversation seemed effortless. The hours flew by in the casino that night and before we knew it, it was the early hours of the morning and time to say our goodbyes. As we exchanged information, we realized that logistically we may never see each other again. At the time, Matt was stationed in Germany for a few more months before the U.S. Air Force would relocate him to Ohio. I was in PA school in Florida and still had over one year before graduation. The next day, we randomly ran into each other at the airport and knew we both liked each other but didn’t know if we were both willing to give anything past the Bahamas a real chance.
After some elongated messaging back and forth, my birthday came around one month later and I went out to celebrate. That night I may have had one too many Margaritas, but it gave me the courage to call him. After a “fun” conversation, Matt promised he would call me back when he got off of work. This turned into a daily event where we would set aside a specific time of the day based on the time zone difference, and our busy schedules to talk to each other. We have talked to each other every day since my 23rd birthday and it’s been almost three years since that time. After graduating PA school and doing long distance dating for one year, I took a leap of faith and moved to Dayton, OH to be with Matt. We lived together for almost 2 years and are now on our next adventure, wherever that may take us!
How He Asked
As Matt finished his career in the Air Force, he told me we were celebrating with a trip to the Bahamas. I knew it had almost been three years since we met there, but Matt did a great job of keeping the proposal a secret. We stayed on Paradise Island and spent the first day at the Cove Beach at Atlantis, which was absolutely gorgeous. Looking back, Matt did an awesome job planting the idea in my head to take pictures at that beach later that day before our waterfront dinner reservations. After getting ready for our dinner reservations, we began to walk to the beach. I was beginning to think the proposal was all in my head, because I did not see any ring box in his pockets, and Matt was also suggesting ideas of how we should ask someone to take our pictures on our phones.
He also asked me where I thought would be the best place to take pictures. If I know anything about Matt, it’s that he is a planner, and there is no way he would propose to me like this on the fly. I went to ask a passerby to take our picture with my phone, and Matt suggested we get the lone coconut tree in the shot. As we walked over to the tree, Matt grabbed both of my hands and I knew immediately that this was all a setup. He got down on one knee, put the ring on my finger, and pointed to the real photographer who had been capturing the moment. I could not be happier with how and where he proposed and to spend the rest of my life with him!