A flash way to say 'marry me'

MARYKE PENMAN
Last updated 05:00 06/11/2012
Craig Lamb Samantha Snow
MARYKE PENMAN/Fairfax NZ

NEWLY ENGAGED: Sunnynook man Craig Lamb, 32, popped the question to partner Samantha Snow, 23, with a flashmob dance to LMFAO’s Party Rock Anthem.

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Marriage proposals by flashmob are a risky business, but groom-to-be Craig Lamb, 32, had no doubt his partner would say yes.

The Sunnynook man got down on one knee at Takapuna bar The Commons last Sunday, shortly after 40 people broke into a spontaneous table-top dance to LMFAO's Party Rock Anthem.

A YouTube video of the proposal, showing hundreds of passers-by flooding in to watch, has since gathered more than 1000 views.

Mr Lamb's fiancee Samantha Snow, 23, says the day is "all a blur" and if it wasn't for the video she would hardly remember it.

"I had no idea it was happening," she says.

"The only thing I would say, looking back, is that he kept saying he loved me more than usual," Miss Snow says.

The couple has been together for three years after first striking up conversation across a bar Mr Lamb was working in at the time.

"You see it on YouTube all the time and we've watched them together, but I never thought he'd be

able to do something like this."

Once the Roulettes Dancers were booked and the couple's family and friends were invited, Mr Lamb says all he could think about was, "what if she doesn't say yes?"

"That was the only variable left, it was terrifying," he says.

It was near impossible keeping his plans secret, but Mr Lamb says the look on Miss Snow's face when he presented the ring proved it was a surprise.

"It was a complete freak-out, there were tears," he says.

Miss Snow did not hesitate before saying yes and falling into her new fiance's arms.

"The fact that everyone I love was there just makes it that much more special," she says.

Overseas friends were also able to feel involved thanks to photos and video on social media sites like Facebook, Miss Snow says.

Mr Lamb says an impromptu engagement party later followed into the early hours of Monday morning.

The couple hopes to plan the wedding next year.

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