With a nod to Isaac Lamb, whose “Marry You” lip-dub marriage proposal in May 2012 set the YouTube gold standard in this genre (15.79 million views and counting), another ambitious romantic threw his hat in the ring this past week with his own epic lip-dub proposal.
In a scheme similar to Lamb’s, 24-year-old Bradley Jansen recruited about 90 friends and relatives to participate an elaborately choreographed lip-dub of One Direction’s “One Thing” in an exciting build-up to his romantic beachfront proposal to girlfriend, Emily Kaplan.
After only one week on YouTube, the eight-minute “Brad and Emily Get Engaged!” lip-dub video has gone viral with 414,000 views, numerous website and blog references, local news coverage and a live interview on Friday’s “Good Morning America” show nationally televised on ABC.
Kaplan told GMA host George Stephanopoulos that she had no clue of what was in store when she and her boyfriend arrived at Tunnel Park on the shore of Lake Michigan on Memorial Day.
What innocently started off with the groom-to-be serenading his girlfriend with the help of a hand-held boombox quickly evolved into wild production number supported by a huge cast of dancers and singers, including the bride’s parents. Bradley takes Emily by the hand and leads her through a winding path with a surprise at every turn.
“It’s normal for Brad to sing like that to me in the car, so as soon as I got out and saw one of our friends from Princeton, I was like, ‘Ah, there’s something going on,’” Kaplan explained on GMA.
Eventually, she’s led to the beach by a girlfriend, where Kaplan finds a series of notes along the shore, each hand-written by Jansen and each describing a favorite memory. The trail of notes leads her to a spot where a monitor is set up. Here’s where she views a video of her relatives, friends and a young student, telling her how special she is.
Then it’s back to the live action, where Jansen steps into the scene, goes down on one knee and delivers his proposal. And, of course, Kaplan says, “Yes.” The Grand Rapids, Mich., couple plans to get married next summer.
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