Grace and Matt met working at the same baseball team, the Pawtucket Red Sox the triple-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox. With their love of sports, travel and spending time with friends and family, it was no surprise they became best friends over the next two years. Apparently everyone else could sense they had a connection, and it wasn’t until Matt introduced the show “The Office” to Grace that we were able to find out that they were just like Jim Halpert and Pam Beasley. It was then that their relationship strengthened to love, and the two have been inseparable since.
Over the last few months, Grace and Matt had been visiting one another in RI and in NC after Grace relocated for a career change. Grace had scheduled a trip to come home for the annual Newport St. Patrick’s Day Parade festivities, one that the couple loved going to each year. Due to the coronavirus community concern, the parade was cancelled, then rescheduled, to then be cancelled again and caused quite a bit of coordination on Matt’s part to keep the surprise he had been planning for over a month. The morning of what would have been the parade, Matt wanted to show Grace a potential wedding venue, as they had started checking out spaces already even though Matt told Grace a proposal was coming in the near future. He told her to “keep an open mind” as they arrived at a federal park, Sachuest Point, overlooking Grace’s favorite beach. As he tried to visualize a ceremony in the midst of brush and solar panels, Grace smiled and nodded her head going along with it. It was then Grace’s mom suggested they walk the trail around the perimeter of the park to show Matt the cliffs Grace and her brother would climb and look out to the ocean. When they arrived there, as Grace teased about guests sitting on their assigned rocks for the ceremony, she turned to find Matt down on one knee, asking for her hand, and changing the rest of their lives from that moment on.