Father of two, Idris Fabiyi, stunned his partner of nine years, Yvette Beardall, when he staged a flashmob proposal in front of dozens of surprised shoppers at Manchester’s Arndale Centre.
The groom to be spent four months planning the stunt and arranged for a flashmob of students from Salford City College to perform a nine-minute dance in front of Yvette.
When she spotted Idris up on the balcony she was overcome with emotion as he made his way down the stairs and got down on one knee.
He told the Manchester Evening News : “The flashmob started their dance and Yvette didn’t know that it was all about her. Then they started singing our song, Bryan Adams’ ‘Heaven’, and they pointed at the balcony where I was standing and I made my way down the stairs.
“I was really nervous just beforehand. I was relieved she said yes. It was very emotional.
Idris said the hardest part was keeping the details from Yvette and persuading the primary school teacher to take a day off work.
He said: “We managed to force her to take a day off work, which was really hard.
“She thought she was going for a pamper day with her best friend Carla, from London, who was in on it all. She said she’d won a fancy meal at a restaurant and she wanted to take her. Carla was instrumental in making it happen.”
The couple, from Manchester, plan to marry within the next two years.