Flash mobs are usually staged as silly bursts of entertainment but the one that erupted outside security at Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City on Monday night had a very romantic purpose.
Brittany Jones organized the event to propose to her boyfriend, Austin Spitler, who had been on a church mission trip for two years. The couple had only been able to communicate by letter or email for the duration of his time away.
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As Spitler exited the security area, he was greeted by a large group of people led by Jones doing a choreographed dance to "Do You Love Me (Now That I Can Dance)" by The Contours. The dancers then grooved to Bruno Mars' "Marry You" while Jones stepped forward. “I’ve waited two long years for you. I’d wait an eternity to have you as my husband. Will you marry me?” she said, before getting down on one knee.
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A stunned Spitler said yes but just seconds after he hugged his new bride, he walked away to retrieve the ring he had hidden in his bag.
He bent down on one knee and said, “I love you. Will you marry me?”
After people cheered, the couple talked to KFOR-TV. “Oh my gosh, this is the greatest day of my life,” Spitler said.
Jones pulled off the flash mob with the help of her mother, who works at Southwest airlines, which has started a tradition of helping to execute flash mobs. The group took three weeks to prepare and learn the moves, meeting regularly for rehearsals.
“I wanted to see his face. I wanted to see him. I haven’t seen him for two years so it’s still very very exciting,” Jones said.
“Yeah, I was shocked! It’s overwhelming for sure,” Spitler said.
As for the proposal gender switch? It was cool with Spitler who says he didn't mind Jones making the first move and that two years apart made him realize how much he loves her.
The couple plans to get married next month in San Diego. Mazel Tov!
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