On Thursday, Chicago Bulls Luvabulls cheerleader, Ariana Rosado, got the surprise of her life when her boyfriend, Shane Zackery, popped out of a Benny the Bull mascot suit and got down on one knee to pop the question.
Rosado was mid-performance when the music cut out and Bruno Mars' "Marry You" started playing. She soon realized that her teammates were doing new choreography that she hadn't yet learned. So what exactly was going through her head? On Monday, the newly engaged couple appeared on HuffPost Live to talk about how it all went down.
"As a dancer, you're told to just continue to go, no matter what happens in the music," Rosado said. "So I'm thinking, okay the music messed up and then the DJ put on the wrong song. And so I realized everyone else was breaking into new choreography. And I was in such shock that I really didn't even hear the song for a while until I actually sat down in the chair and paid attention to it. After that, I heard the song and I started kind of understanding what was going on. I kept on asking, 'Where's Shane? Where's Shane? Where's Shane? Where's my boyfriend?' And I had no clue where he was so then I started getting nervous -- maybe he backed out, maybe it's not really happening, maybe it's a coincidence that it was playing. But it was a really cool opportunity for him to be able to do that."
The couple met at St. Xavier university in Chicago when they were freshman and were friends for two-and-a-half years before they took their relationship to the next level. Watch the video above for more on the couple and their slam-dunk proposal. Then, check out the slideshow below to see our picks for the best proposals of all time.
Downtown Disney Flash Mob
Jamin brought a little Disney magic to his proposal when he <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Su1YLAjty-U" target="_blank">organized a flash mob</a> in Downtown Disney in 2011.
"Julie Will You Marry Me" Website
In 2011, Jim worked with an artist to create a comic strip-like history of his and Julie's relationship, which ended with a marriage proposal. He posted the drawing on a <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/19/cutest-marriage-proposal-ever_n_903657.html" target="_blank">website</a> and filmed Julie's reaction as she read it. Click <a href="http://juliewillyoumarry.me/" target="_blank">here</a> to see the adorable website, and watch the video at left to see Julie's reaction.
Romantic Proposal On A Dock
Do proposals get any more romantic than this? In 2011, Tyson <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=TECPJI6Z2gs" target="_blank">led his girlfriend, Michelle, to a picturesque dock</a> in Oregon, where their friends were waiting with flowers. They were serenaded by a guitarist as the groom-to-be popped the question.
Buzzfeed Meme Proposal
Len Kendall has the entire internet to thank for helping him pop the question to his girlfriend, Katie, in 2012. Kendall posted a meme-like photo of himself (look left) proposing to Katie on <a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/lenkendall/help-me-convince-katie-to-say-yes" target="_blank">Buzzfeed</a>, and started a Facebook group, Pinterest page and Twitter hashtag #SayYesKatie to urge others to create their own memes asking Katie to marry him. Click <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/29/say-yes-katie_n_1310729.html#s740651&title=Len_Kendalls_Proposal" target="_blank">here</a> to see some of the best memes created for Len and Katie.
Madison Square Park Proposal
One man pulled out all the stops for his proposal in a park in 2010, including <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=bQVoAWSP7k4" target="_blank">dancers, huge signs, a unicycle, and streamers</a>. After she said "yes," the happy couple rode off in a horse-drawn carriage.
White House Gay Marriage Proposal
U.S. Marine Corps captain Matthew Phelps and his partner, Ben Schlock, made history in 2012 by becoming the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/17/white-house-gay-marriage-proposal-_n_2317455.html" target="_blank">first gay couple to become engaged at the White House</a>. Phelps told HuffPost that he wanted to propose at the White House because they had their first date there, at the LGBT Pride Month Reception, six months earlier.
Isaac's Live Lip-Dub Proposal
In the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/29/portland-proposal-video-e_n_1554435.html" target="_blank">first viral lip-dub proposal</a> (but <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/01/epic-lip-dub-proposal-brad-emily_n_1929700.html" target="_hplink">not the last</a>), Isaac Lamb had his girlfriend sit in the back of a truck as they drove through a Portland park, then played Bruno Mars' "Marry You" while dancers popped out and lip-synched to the song. The proposal, which took place in May 2012, now has more than 18 million views on YouTube.
Tim Tiah proved just how useful those popular internet memes can be when he proposed to his girlfriend, Audrey, in 2011. While Audrey was at a restaurant with friends, Tiah stood outside and <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2011/12/22/meme-filled-marriage-proposal-video_n_1164674.html#s567043&title=Song_And_Dance" target="_blank">held up signs containing memes</a> that corresponded to their relationship, ultimately using the <a href="http://www.quickmeme.com/Puss-in-boots/?upcoming" target="_blank">Puss In Boots meme</a> to pop the question.
Fake Movie Trailer
Back in 2011, Matt Still convinced his girlfriend, Ginny, to go to the movies one day -- then, he arranged to <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=pnVAE91E7kM" target="_blank">play a fake movie trailer</a> before the movie that chronicles his journey to the theater to pop the question.
"Mobbed" Flash Mob
In 2011, <a href="http://www.fox.com/mobbed/" target="_hplink">Fox T.V. show "Mobbed"</a> featured an epic marriage proposal. Groom-to-be Justin <a href="http://blog.weddzilla.com/topics/getting-engaged/get-mobbed-on-fox/" target="_blank">recruited 1,000 people</a> to participate in an over-the-top flash mob for his girlfriend, Nikki.