Decorating the Dock

Remember my friend Katy, from my budget blazer post?

Fall Blazer Outfits

Well, I was inspired to share another Katy-related post here today because something really special has happened since I published that first one.

Let me start from the beginning…

Last month, Katy’s boyfriend, Matt, bought one of the carriage houses down the street from us:

Carriage House | Pike Road | Alabama

It’s a two bedroom/two bathroom (just like our place, minus our half bath) and he got an amaaaaazing deal on it because it’s been on the market since before we moved out here last Fall.

We are so excited to have him in the ‘hood, and at some point after he’s done doing some construction/painting projects, I’m definitely going to see if he’s up for me snapping some pics of the inside of his new place so I can share them here, too.

In the meantime though, I want to share some photos of another exciting Matt & Katy moment that Kevin and I were blessed to be a part of this past Saturday.

It all started with a phone call from Matt to Kevin on Thursday.

He asked if we could help decorate the marina so that he could “pop the question” when he and Katy got back from Ikea in Atlanta that day. :-)

We talked about some ideas, and then came up with a plan to tell Katy I wanted to shoot some more photos for another fashion-related blog post at the marina that day. I texted her that night and was so happy when she responded, “Yes! We’re going to Ikea that day, but I’ll come down there as soon as we get back!“.


Kevin and I had some things to do Saturday morning, but we headed down to the marina just after lunch. Neither of us had ever done this kind of decorating, so we were reeeeally hoping it was *sort of * what Matt had in mind!

Wedding Proposal Decorating

We strung up string lights (thanks again, Evan!) and Neighbor Bill let us borrow two of his beautiful sunshine-y mums.

Proposal Decorating

I brought some candles and a jar full of hydrangeas from our house, and (Shoot Fly Shoot) Neighbor Josh clipped a bag full of roses from his front yard for me to sprinkle around, too.

Hydrangeas and Roses

Then we waited.

Kevin Palmer | Guitar

We got into position, and waited.

Layla Palmer | Proposal Decorating

Kevin Palmer | Marina Proposal

And then five minutes later…they appeared.

Wedding Proposal Decorating Ideas

So Kevin started playing…

Kevin Palmer | Proposal | Guitar

…and I started crying. :-) The sound of Katy’s high-heeled boots getting closer from one direction, and Kevin’s acoustic guitar in the other was just too sweet for my heart to take!

This next photo makes me wonder when she *knew*, ya know?

Wedding Proposal Decorating Inspiration

Something tells me she definitely had an idea of what was going on by the time she reached those mums. :-)

When they were inside the circle of string lights, Matt turned to Katy and dropped down on one knee.

Wedding Proposal Marina

Smiley Katy…

Josh Moates Wedding Photography | Proposal Ideas

…turned teary…

Matt and Katy Morgan Proposal

…and it was seriously one of the sweetest moments I have ever been lucky enough to see!

Marriage Proposal Idea

Wedding Proposal

Kevin and Layla Palmer | Matt and Katy Morgan

Marina Wedding Proposal

Silver Wedding Ring

Wedding Proposal | The Lettered Cottage

Southern Wedding Proposal

We love you Matt and Katy! Thanks so much for allowing us to be a part of your precious proposal!

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  1. Jennifr says

    How sweet is that? I’m crying now! Beautiful decorating and the pictures will be fantastic to show their kids and grand kids. Thanks for sharing their proposal with us too.

  2. says

    How wonderful to get to witness something so magical. You had me tearing up! And you captured it perfectly. Absolutely amazing… Katy is lucky to be surrounded by such great people!

  3. Lisa W. says

    THIS was so cool…THIS made me cry…THIS made me so happy…This was awesome!!!!!! Thank you Layla, only you could post a post (lol) about a proposal AND decorating that was SO cool! Thank you for AGAIN just making my day…love THIS!!!!!

  4. Jeanette says

    I just saw a man on shark tank the other night propose a company to take photos of proposals. It would make it big with you involved!

  5. Louise says

    You two are the cutest! What stunning photos! They are so lucky to have those to remember such a special moment! Just beautiful decorations! Congratulations to Matt and Katy, and thanks as always for sharing.

  6. Sandra Mulsand says

    Oh, God has surely blessed Matt with some extra smarts! So lovely, thoughtful and romantic! Thanks for sharing!:)

  7. Sharon says

    What beautiful pictures…and how lucky you were to witness such a wonderful event event in their life. Witnessing a proposal is on my Bucket List!

  8. j.farmer says

    I’m totally crying now and I just did my make up. So lovely and they are model beautiful to boot!

  9. Roxanne says

    Heck, I just cried looking at the photos and reading the copy-what a generous, not to mention, momentous, favour to do for someone. Layla, you and your husband have tender hearts. I also love the fact that your neighbours contributed props for this special event-whole lotta love going on in your neighbourhood. Fancy a trip to Australia to help me out with a few projects???? Roxy x

  10. Kathy says

    I have been waiting to see these! Looks like it was absolutely perfect, sweet, romantic, personal, and just right!

  11. says

    Oh, this is the sweetest! Your decorations, the music, the tears – all come together for such a sweet and intimate moment. Thank you for sharing with us and prayers for a lifetime of love for the happy couple!

  12. Cyndia says

    I don’t even know them and I’m crying! What a lovely memory y’all made for them!

  13. Ter'e says

    I was wiping tears and mascara too. First of all, Katy is just gorgeous and Matt is a cutie-patootie!!!!! How wonderful it is to have such great friends.
    In one of the pictures, is Matt crossing his fingers. LOL?
    What a momentous evening.

  14. Susan LeBlanc says

    Layla love you neighborhood and your neighbors. It looks like a fun place to live. Thanks for sharing such a sweet moment in your friends life. He must be such a thoughtful person to think of a beautiful time to ask his love to marry him.

  15. carrie says

    I go to church with these two sweet souls, and am ECSTATIC about their news! They are lucky to have friends & neighbors like you- who were able to help make that special moment everything she ever dreamed about! SO SWEET!!! Good job MATT! The pictures really capture it perfectly!

  16. Fran Marie says

    Spectacular job! Beautiful, beautiful shots! Made this hard-core New Yorker cry! Well done!