Allison Leclaire thought she was meeting her boyfriend Craig Jones for lunch in Bryant Park on June 9 -- but she was in for quite an elaborate surprise.
It started with a choreographed flash mob dancing to Michael Jackson's "The Way You Make Me Feel." Then -- surprise! -- a marching band takes the field and plays a brassy version of the 1962 hit "Hey! Baby."
The band leader turns out to be none other Craig, who takes a knee and pops the question. Allison can barely contain herself, though she does manage to accept, of course.
ABC News reported that, not including the ring, the entire proposal cost $9,000 and took four months to put together. The couple plans to wed in March 2013.
Elaborate marriage proposals tend to make big news. In June, a man proposed to his girlfriend during a helicopter flight over the beach.
This year has also been the year of LEGO wedding proposals: Atlanta filmmaker Walt Thompson wowed in January with his stop-motion movie, and New Yorker Anthony Pinder won over his girlfriend Ariana Gomez in June with a similar production.
But just because it's complicated doesn't make a proposal especially charming. In April, a Canadian man live-tweeted his proposal for 12 hours, inspiring a bit of backlash.
West Side Story Flash Mob - New York City Times Square November 2011 (HD)
Fans of the classic film <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/12/west-side-story-flashmob-_n_1090134.html?ref=new-york&ir=New York&ref=new-york" target="_hplink">"West Side Story" gathered in Times Square for a flashmob performance</a> of the musical's iconic choreography.
Soul Train Flash Mob Tribute to Don Cornelius
Following the death of Don Corenlius, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/05/soul-train-flash-mob-broadway_n_1255756.html?ref=new-york&ir=New York&ref=new-york" target="_hplink">fans of "Soul Train" danced their way down Broadway</a> to honor the show's legendary creator.
Improv Everywhere - Frozen Grand Central
Washington Square Park Flash Mob Birthday Surprise
Jason Derulo Flash Mob in Times Square NYC
No Pants Subway Ride 2012
In January, New Yorkers stripped for the annual <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/09/no-pants-subway-rides_n_1194205.html?ref=new-york&ir=New York&ref=new-york" target="_hplink">No Pants Subway Ride when straphangers bared their pantsless bottoms</a> and showed off their skivvies for onlookers to enjoy.