Julia and Zach

Where to Propose in On a yacht in St. Petersburg Florida

How We Met

Zach and I both went to the University of Tampa but didn’t know each other until we went on a spring break cruise in 2016 and instantly had a connection. We would find ways to “coincidentally” run into each other throughout the week. On the last night of the cruise, we stayed up until 4:00 am talking on the bow of the boat. I remember thinking he was different from anyone I had ever met.

We are going on four years together and moved from Tampa to Nashville in July 2019. Throughout our relationship, we have spent countless hours on boats or anywhere tropical. We love the beach and the ocean and it’s played an integral role in our relationship.

How They Asked

He planned the entire proposal with my mom and sister’s help for weeks leading up to the event. Zach and I currently live in Nashville and he wanted to do the proposal where I grew up in Florida. On Christmas, my mom put a letter in our stockings saying we were going on a yacht to take New Year’s photos and that dinner would be catered after we got a few good family shots. My family sends a holiday card every year so I thought nothing of it since we hadn’t sent a card yet. My mom extended the invite to Zach’s family since they were at our house at Christmas.

Our family friend was the photographer on the boat and asked if I wanted photos with my boyfriend. I was hungry and frustrated but agreed to take a few. We smiled on the bow of the yacht and he dropped to one knee and asked me to marry him! I immediately started crying and looked up to see both of our families cheering and smiling. I was in pure shock and we celebrated with champagne and dinner on the boat afterward! We continued the celebration at a nearby cocktail bar and he packed an overnight bag for us to stay in a hotel for the night with champagne and rose petals.

Since we met on a boat, it’s only suiting that he proposed on a boat. Every detail was perfect.

Special Thanks

Jamie Scarlett
 | Photographer