Shoppers at the Gateway Mall in Salt Lake City were treated to a surprise flash mob on Saturday. But during the performance, one of the flash mob's participants got a surprise of her own -- a marriage proposal!
A video of flash mob dancer Johnny Murdock popping the question to his girlfriend and fellow participant, Natessa Renee Bybee, was posted to YouTube on Sunday. Murdock told HuffPost Weddings that he was trying to think of a unique way to propose to Bybee when he remembered the flash mob he and his video production company were organizing.
"It hit me that this would be the most epic way to propose," Murdock said.
So, Murdock decided to pop the question during the flash mob (which was choreographed to Mariah Carey's "All I Want For Christmas Is You"). He got Bybee to participate in the performance as the dance instructor, and only two of his fellow flash mob participants knew what he was planning.
About two and a half minutes into the performance, in front of 40 dancers and a crowd of onlookers, Murdock (dressed as an elf) dropped to one knee and asked Bybee to marry him. She said "yes" -- then the two rejoined the flash mob and finished the dance.
"Her reaction was priceless. She had absolutely zero idea," Murdock said. "Then she said it was hard for her to stay in step for the rest of the dance."
Watch the proposal in the video above.
Forget ho-hum marriage proposals -- 2012 was the year of the flash mob. This year, dozens of lovestruck men popped the question during intricately-choreographed dance routines. One New York City restaurant even sold a flash mob proposal for $20,000.
Click through the slideshow below to see our favorite proposals of the year.
"Marry You" Lip Dub
Isaac Lamb's <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/29/portland-proposal-video-e_n_1554435.html">flash mob/lip dub proposal</a> set to the Bruno Mars song "Marry You" was featured on dozens of news outlets, including "The Today Show." It was posted to YouTube on May 25 and now has more than 16 million views.
Accidental Sunset Photo
Photographer Michael Keane didn't realize he had <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michele-williamson/an-exclusive-interview_b_1982256.html?utm_hp_ref=engagement">captured a proposal on camera</a> until he looked at the photos afterwards. He tracked down the proposer, who said he was glad he and his fiance now have photos of their intimate engagement.
This pilot groom told his girlfriend that the flight controls on the plane he was flying were not responding... then surprised her with a ring! The video has more than 4 million views and we can see why -- this has to be one of the most creative proposals ever.
Obama's Re-Election Celebration
A photo of a lesbian couple getting engaged at President Obama's <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/07/election-night-gay-wedding-proposal-photo-_n_2089183.html?utm_hp_ref=engagement">election night celebration</a> went viral. The night also revealed that voters in three states approved same-sex marriage.
Stephen Kaes' proposal to Nicole Frie included a scavenger hunt, a lyric video, and Fries' friends and family. Kaes <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/27/scavenger-hunt-proposal_n_2201001.html?utm_hp_ref=engagement">told HuffPost Weddings</a> that he was nervous about his detailed plan going wrong, but once Fries showed up, it was easy.
Little Girls Flash Mob
We've seen flash mob proposals before, but Danny found a way to make his unique. This dance mob is made up of young girls, and at one point Danny temporarily loses the ring. But his girlfriend Tina still said yes!
"One Thing" Lip Dub
A walk in the park became a proposal when Brad arranged a flash mob-style lip dub of One Direction's "One Thing," then played a romantic video on the beach.
Central Park Umbrella Proposal
While rowing on the lake in Central Park, a woman proposed to her girlfriend using umbrellas that spelled out "Will you marry me?" Click <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/01/central-park-proposal_n_1930515.html?utm_hp_ref=engagement#slide=1588213">here</a> to see more photos from the proposal.
Would you say yes to this proposal? A Russian man hired a director, stuntman, make up artists and a scriptwriter to help him <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/04/fake-death-marriage-proposal_n_1855167.html?utm_hp_ref=engagement#slide=1474629">fake his own death</a> in a car accident... then propose to his girlfriend.
Glee Flash Mob
Guaranteed to melt the heart of every Gleek. The 3rd annual Glee Flash Mob in Seattle went off without a hitch -- then one participant surprised his girlfriend with a marriage proposal. "Glee" actor Matthew Morrison can even be seen at 4:47.
Flash Mob In NYC
This groom pulled out all the stops for his proposal, including choreographed dancers and a marching band. The video was posted in June and now has more than one million views.
Fake Movie Trailer
New York Times columnist David Pogue created this <a href="http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2012/08/david-pogue-marriage-proposal-video-went-viral-interview.html">elaborate fake movie trailer</a>, which he played before a real movie his girlfriend and family were about to see.
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