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“I’ve been thinking about marrying Leah for years,” Captain Yawn told E! News about the proposal



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Captain Sandy Yawn from “Below Deck Med” got engaged to her girlfriend Leah Shafer over the weekend.

Captain Sandy Yawn of Bravo’s Below Deck Mediterranean proposed to her partner of five years, Leah Shafer – and she said yes!

“I’ve been thinking about marrying Leah for years,” Yawn said E! News of the proposal, which took place last weekend. “I knew it from the first minute I met her, but the timing had to be right. I wanted to make sure first that we could really enjoy life together.”

Yawning reveals E! News that Shafer, a gospel singer and beautician from Denver, was the inspiration for the beach proposal, explaining, “Leah wanted a fairytale and to me, Leah embodies elegance.”

“I planned a boat ride to a beautiful bay. I had it decorated with flowers and a path made to a little table with three violinists where we could sit and have a little date,” she added of the proposal location.



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Captain Sandy Yawn/ Instagram

Captain Sandy Yawn proposed to her partner of five years, Leah Shafter, and she said yes.

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The 58-year-old ship’s captain said she was so excited to propose to 49-year-old Shafer that she proposed to him immediately upon arrival.

“I really couldn’t wait!” she told the outlet. “I told her my wish list and then got down on one knee. Then she said ‘yes!'”

Yawn said the moment was filled with joy and emotion, saying of Shafer, “The look on her face was priceless and my heart exploded! It was more fulfilling than anything I could have ever imagined. Somehow I feel closer to her than ever before and I can’t explain it. There is an energy that I have never experienced in my entire life. I love her more than anything; as Leah says, Yawn more than anything.”

Yawn revealed in May 2019 on X, formerly known as Twitter, that she was dating Shafer, sharing her interview with The Cheat Sheet and writing: “Love is love!” And “So happy”, in two separate tweets.

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Yawn spoke about their “unexpected” romance, saying the couple first met on Facebook in June 2018 after Shafer contacted her to congratulate her on the Bravo reality series.

“She sent me a nice message saying, ‘I came across your show, congratulations and all the best,'” Yawn told the outlet, adding that the inclusion of “a lot of good things” piqued her interest as a self-proclaimed spiritual person.

After exchanging messages on the social networking platform, the two eventually met in person in Los Angeles, where Yawn was living at the time.

Shafer noticed the instant chemistry between the two. “It was definitely unexpected,” she admitted of their first in-person encounter in November 2018, according to The Cheat Sheet. “It just happened, when you meet another soul that you feel connected to on such a deep level, it’s inexplicable and so beautiful.”

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Yawn moved from Los Angeles to Colorado to live with Shafer.

Yawn has already written about this in her book Stay calm or become a storm: leadership lessons from a woman at the helm about the meaning of her romance with Shafer, she wrote, “I believe God has a way of preparing you for ‘the one.’ He knew I wasn’t ready for her all those years ago. And she wasn’t ready for me. We were both prepared for each other. God was waiting for us. He gave me the opportunity to make different choices and be more intentional so that when that sweet little Facebook message appeared on my page, I was open.”

Before Yawn, Shafer was married for 20 years to Ross Shafer, with whom she has a teenage daughter, Lauren “Lolo” Rae, according to her personal website.

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