November 04, 2015 - 11:30 AM
KAMLOOPS - Amanda LaFrance told her boyfriend Matt Malo that if and when they became engaged, all she wanted was to capture their moment in a photo.
Malo did that and more when he arranged a flash mob in downtown Kamloops last year. There are many photos, and LaFrance is happy to have a video documenting the proposal near Kamloops' Riverside Park. The video has garnered more than 14,000 views on YouTube.
“It took a month and a half to prepare,” Malo says. "It went through a bunch of planning stages, what style, what song. We tried to keep it as original as possible."
Malo credits much of the performance to Shalen Curie from Let's Move Studio, who helped perfect the proposal and recruited people to dance and hold signs.
As for himself, Malo is happy he pulled it off after a couple close calls when LaFrance almost found out.
He told LaFrance he was helping another couple they knew by booking an engagement photo session for them at Riverside Park. LaFrance questioned it a bit, but Malo was more concerned about when she almost saw the ring box in his pocket. After walking through the park and arriving at the arena promenade, LaFrance noticed the music and the dancers which made her walk away; she thought the event was for that night's hockey game.
"When (Malo) pulled me back I started to realize. Then I saw the signs," she says.
Each sign had aspects Malo loves about LaFrance written on it.
“Within the month of the engagement we had a lot of people in the community recognize us,” La France says. “We had a lot of people in the community re-tweeting it."
Now the couple watches the video occasionally and expect to show it at their wedding in Kelowna next summer.
"We’re surprised at how it took wind and have friends still showing the video,” Malo says.
“A lot of our non-engaged friends are mad at Matt,” LaFrance adds. “Because the bar is set high."
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