An N.H. man won ‘The Proposal,’ but proposed a Cape Cod trip instead

26namesProposal - THE PROPOSAL - "107" - Latoya Blakely and Tyler MacKay - Ten eligible gentlemen selected by a blue-ribbon panel of matchmakers vie for the heart of Latoya, a mystery woman who is a practicing attorney, ready to find a man guilty of stealing her heart, on "The Proposal," MONDAY, JULY 23 (10:01-11:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Byron Cohen/ABC)
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Tyler MacKay and Latoya Blakely.

Each week on ABC’s “The Proposal” — hosted by University of Florida and NFL quarterback and former “Bachelor” Jesse Palmer — 10 women or men compete for the opportunity to participate in a proposal with someone they literally just met.

The reality show is part “The Dating Game,” part beauty pageant, part super awkward family dinner: During the hour-long episode, a suitor or “suitress,” as the show’s website calls her, narrows down his or her number of potential life partners, all while inside a “pod” that keeps him or her hidden. Contestants show off their “finest beachwear,” answer “deal breaker questions,” and meet a family member of the suitor. Then, the remaining two candidates are supposed to propose (or, in the case of the women, talk about love, then wait for the man to choose and propose to one).

On Monday’s episode, Latoya Blakely, 33, a Dallas attorney, accepted the proposal of solar energy specialist Tyler MacKay, 26, who hails from Bedford, New Hampshire, according to the New Hampshire Union Leader. But there was a twist:


“I came on this show today, you know, thinking I could leave here with a potential life partner, so…,” MacKay said as he got down on one knee and opened a black ring box revealing an engagement ring. “A very special place to me is Cape Cod, so I am proposing that you come with me to Cape Cod, meet my family. At that point, if you love my family and your family gives me the blessing, then, you know, I’d love to get married to you with this ring.”

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That’s right: MacKay proposed a vacation, not a marriage. And after hearing runner-up Garland Brown’s marriage proposal to live “happily ever after,” Blakely decided she was “going to have to go to Cape Cod.”

Blakely and MacKay have since shared Instagram posts of themselves together.

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