A romantic stroll under the Eiffel Tower, a dinner date at your favourite restaurant or perhaps a sneaky ring hidden in a cake – marriage proposals come in all shapes and sizes.
But one Brighton lovebird was left in a spin after her picnic in the park was ambushed by a flashmob of dancing hulahoopers, led by her boyfriend.
The couple from Hove, Jo Mondy, 28, and Andy Broughton, 36, got engaged in Brighton’s Pavilion Gardens on October 6 after he choreographed a surprise hula hoop routine that finished with a very special question.“Will you marry me?”
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Jo, who runs Brighton hula business Live Love Hoop, said: “It was a beautiful day and my friends toldmewe should to the gardens for a picnic, but they demanded I sat in a certain place which I found odd.
“Then I saw them all.
“I run a hula hoop business and most of the people in the flashmob were my friends and students that I teach.
“At first I thought they’d put something together for me as their teacher, but was getting really confused as to why Andy was leading it all.
“He then got down on one knee and I said ‘yes’. There were a few tears. It was really romantic.”
Andy met Jo at a music festival two and a half years ago, but his new fiancée wasn’t anticipating the Pavilion gardens proposal.
Jo added: “He’s an art director and really creative but I didn’t predict that.”
Andy came up his proposal idea about a month ago after “daydreaming” out of a train window on his commute home.
He explained: “I could visualise this big choreographed hoop routine to the song I was listening to.
“The idea was to show off in magnificent fashion, like a bower bird enticing its mate, to say ‘look how much I love you Jo.’ I think it worked.
“When she said ‘yes’, my heart soared. Everyone’s been crying tears of joy ever since.”
After agreeing to Andy’s creative hand in marriage, the happy couple have become somewhat of an internet sensation.
The stunt was captured on camera and uploaded to online video sharing site YouTube last week, where it’s already been watched by more than 5,000 people.