Alan Foran had it all planned – the ring was bought, he schemed with a shopping centre to play some of his girlfriend Amanda Lavery’s favourite songs, and a gang of people – including her family – were ready to take part in a flash mob.
“I’m very glad she said yes,” a very relieved Alan said.
The scene played out in Scotch Hall shopping centre in Drogheda at the weekend.
Alan, who sings with popular band Electric Avenue, called in his bandmates to give a musical helping hand.
He wanted to go down the flash mob route, saying his Amanda “deserves five minutes in the spotlight”.
Dancers from Btown dance studios were enlisted and brass bands from the Co Louth town also came on board.
All Alan had to do then was get Amanda to go into the mall on Saturday.
“As we walked down the stairs to the ground floor of the centre her favourite Christmas song, which is Celine Dion’s ‘Oh Holy Night’, started playing.
“I suggested we get our photograph taken underneath the Christmas tree on the ground floor but she said no way.”’
Eventually he got her to the tree. That was the cue for the music to start and a couple began to dance in an open space in front of the tree.
“I told Amanda to turn around and a young girl walked over and gave her a rose.”
At the same time Amanda’s family appeared and she knew that something was going on.
Alan still had to pop the questions as Bruno Marr’s Marry You blasted out and the brass bands played along to the track.
“It made me feel very special,” Amanda said.