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Will You Marry Me?

Anthony Manella shares his romantic story when proposing to his girlfriend Melissa Niland with a Sea Ray 48 Sedan Bridge.  
  • Family gathered around newly engaged couple on aft of Sea Ray

Anthony Menella sought out his good friend, coworker and fellow boater, Mike Siegel, for advice on how to propose to his girlfriend, Melissa Niland. Anthony wanted to propose in a special nautical fashion. Mike Siegel, a lifelong boater, is a proud owner of a 48-foot Sea Ray Sedan Bridge that he docks at the MarineMax Lindenhust Marina. Together they came up with a plan.

“When Mike came to me with this fabulously romantic story I knew we had to share it,” explained Audrey Bess, MarineMax Lindenhurst Marketing Coordinator. “Mike and Anthony came up with the perfect arrangement for a nautical proposal.”

Pre-planning where Anthony and Melissa would be on Anthony’s boat, Mike invited the future bride and groom’s friends and family to go out on his Sea Ray for a day of boating. When the group approached Anthony’s boat, bow-on, the couple recognized Mike’s boat. However, to Melissa’s astonishment, when Anthony spun the Sedan Bridge around, the transom had a banner that read “Marry Me".

At that moment Anthony went down on one knee and proposed. Of course Melissa was shocked and pleased, offering a tearful "YES!" as her reply.
After the proposal the couple joined Mike on his boat to celebrate their true romance with friends, family, pets, and MarineMax burgees. A perfect ending for a new beginning.