If there’s one couple who has an engagement story to tell, it’s Kayla Harrity and Matthew Picca’s. The two were on vacation with Kayla’s family in Southport, NC when Matt decided to surprise her with a proposal. Only there was one hitch. The groom to-be dropped the engagement ring into the ocean while he was trying to propose!
While at Old American Fish on Saturday, Kayla turned around to see that Matt was getting on one knee. She recalls, “As he opened the ring box, the ring fell out of the box and fell through the cracks on the deck and into the water. I didn’t even get to see it before it dropped.” Everyone who was there was standing in complete disbelief.
“I covered my face and began to cry because I knew my boyfriend was devastated,” she said. “Matthew did not even get to say anything to me before the ring fell into the ocean.”
But alas the human spirit was in full effect as several people went right underneath the bar, jumped into the water, and started looking for the ring. And yes, they were fully clothed.
“At the bar, there were three men who were enjoying a beer who saw the whole thing,” she said. “They must have felt bad for us and did not want to see our engagement end like this. They jumped in the water and helped look for the ring.” Kayla says her sister thought Matthew had a special case on his phone and stuck it under the water to use as a flashlight. It didn’t have the case. Now his phone is ruined. “I began running to the neighboring restaurants asking if anyone had goggles,” she said. “I knew if we had some we could find the ring.”
“After ten flashlights, and five pairs of goggles and over 1.5 hours of searching in the water…the ring was found!” Kayla said.
“Everyone at the bar was cheering. All of a sudden, everyone was chanting ‘Propose again! Do it again!’,” Kayla recalled. “It was the best feeling in the world. My fiancé, soaking wet, smelling like salty, fishing water, proceeded to get down on one knee and put the beautiful ring on my finger!”
“The energy of everyone at the bar was incredible. It was a total shock that he even found the ring,” she continued. “We walked upstairs and bought the men who helped us a round of shots. They were amazing and we are so grateful to have their help that night.”
The couple hopes to get married in Southport next year and would like to thank everyone that helped them find the ring. Here are a couple more pictures of the engagement gone awry!
Photos via WISTV