Orchestral flashmob is a romantic proposal for Bury St Edmunds couple Adam Burroughs and Mlayne Frost
When Mlayne Frost, of Bury St Edmunds, woke on Sunday she had no idea she was about to play a leading role in a romantic flashmob proposal.
Adam Burroughs, her boyfriend of seven years, had spent six months secretly planning her birthday weekend in London, including a West End musical theatre trip and overnight hotel stay in Covent Garden.
On arriving at Waterloo Station at noon on Sunday, Mlayne believed they were about to meet her parents for a 25th birthday lunch. However, that was not the case.
Instead, in a carefully orchestrated flashmob, Adam , of Bury, was asked to hold a closed violin case by a stranger who said he was late to play.
Then, a lone violinist started playing before being joined by a 25-strong band.
As the flashmob proposal unfolded, to the delight of gathering onlookers, former King Edward VI School pupil Mlayne still had no idea what was happening but did wonder if the orchestra was about to play 'happy birthday'.
Instead, after the musicians finished the Bruno Mars track Just the Way You Are, Adam opened the violin case to reveal the question 'will you marry me?' and the crowd went wild.
He then changed the signs in the violin to read 'he asked' and 'she said yes'.
"I was so nervous beforehand, my legs were shaking. Once it was over it was the biggest relief," said former County Upper School pupil Adam, 25.
"When the orchestra started playing Mlayne was so shocked, she couldn't believe it. She is still overwhelmed.
"After I proposed she said it was about time. Here's to the wedding now."
And after spending months planning the proposal with the help of Top Secret Agent flash mob and proposal planners, Adam says he is happy to leave the wedding plans in Mlayne's hands.
"She can have the stress of the big day now," he added.