Disney, UCLA flash mob marriage proposals go viral
Men in serious relationships, take notice.
Some Southern California Romeos have been setting the bar pretty high for marriage proposals. In recent weeks, two grooms have staged elaborate flash mobs to pop the question. And, judging by the YouTube videos, their hard work is paying off.
The Orange County Register reported Sunday on a Downtown Disney proposal orchestrated by Jamin Love, a Cal State Fullerton graduate. He choreographed a flash mob to propose to his girlfriend Valerie Albania, a nurse a Children's Hospital of Orange County, to Bruno Mars' "Marry You."
Twin girls -- their friends -- began the dance. Albania told the Register, "I thought, 'That's weird, what are the twins doing here dancing?' "
But when Love jumped into the flash mob, then knelt on one knee with a one-carat diamond in hand, it all became clear.
"But what's more amazing is that I get to marry this man who I love so much."
Not to be outdone, UCLA graduate Nam Tran decided to bring his girlfriend, Trang Vu, back to their alma mater to propose at Bruin Plaza. Tran enlisted 200 people, including friends, family and Vu's parents who live 300 miles away, to participate in the flash mob.
When Vu recognized her loved ones in the group performing to her favorite love song, below, "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You" by Frankie Valli -- she realized it was for her, and that Tran was "up to something big," she told UCLA Today.
She, of course, said "yes," but only after pronouncing him "cheesy."
Tran used the company Flash Mob America to help him choreograph his proposaland then started recruiting people.
"Even our dentist showed up," he said. "I just casually mentioned it to him, and he said, 'Oh, you need more dancers?' it was so funny to see him there."
And one last warning for future grooms: These flash mobs are not for the faint of heart. Both men said planning for the big proposal took weeks and weeks. So if you can't even figure out where you're taking her to dinner this weekend, you might want to consider another option.
-- Kimi Yoshino