DESTIN — As the rays of Monday’s setting sun splashed over Norriego Point, Gina Jeffery agreed to become the queen of Tony Crisafi’s castle.

Crisafi, who has lived in Destin for 10 years, and Jeffery, who has lived there for about five years, had their first date in 2013 on Norriego Point after they met at nearby Crab Island.

"Odd numbers are our luckiest numbers," Crisafi said Monday afternoon. "Our first date was 7/13/13."

With that in mind, the 30-year-old owner of the U-Name-It personalization shop at HarborWalk Village made plans for what would be the couple’s biggest date yet on Monday, Nov. 13. He knew the beach would be a key ingredient in his plans.

"What brings us close together is going to the beach," Crisafi said of him and Jeffery, who is also 30 and is a Realtor for Keller Williams Realty.

To set the stage for the highlight of this particular date, Crisafi whisked Jeffery away for an evening East Pass cruise on his pontoon boat the "Sweetwater," complete with wine, dolphin sightings and, of course, the amazing sunset.

"The best sunsets here are in the fall," Crisafi said.

After the couple saw the dolphins, Crisafi pointed toward the beach on Norriego Point.

"I said, ‘What’s that over there?’ She said, ‘It looks like a sand castle,’ and I said, ‘Let’s check it out.’ "

As the sun slipped closer to the horizon, Crisafi brought the boat to shore and the couple hopped onto the sand. They didn’t have to go far before Jeffery saw that the sand castle was decorated with red roses and rose petals.

"I wanted to build a castle of sand so she can be the queen of my castle," Crisafi said.

The castle featured "Gina" inside the shape of a heart, and the words, "Will you marry me?" across a banner. Crisafi got down on one knee.

"I told her how much I love her and want to be with her everywhere," he said Tuesday.

Crisafi popped the question and his beach-loving soul mate said "yes."

"It was a magical night," said Jeffery, who can’t stop looking at her diamond engagement ring.

"I was like, ‘holy crap. Is this for real?’" she recalled about the proposal. "It was so surreal. I’m still kind of in shock."

Crisafi said the sand castle was created by Beach Sand Sculptures of Santa Rosa Beach. He also arranged to have photographer Bobby Wagner of Land Air Sea Productions in Destin take photos and videotape the couple’s engagement.

"It all worked out really well," Crisafi said.

He and Jeffery are thinking about getting married on Oct. 13, 2018, possibly on a beach in Destin.