Cornerstone University student proposed in Rosa Parks Circle via flash mob
By Emily Anderson
It’s hard to turn down a marriage proposal when it’s given via flash mob.
Cornerstone University senior, Kyle Juresich, proposed to his girlfriend, Ginny Falbo, at the Calder Plaza Building in Grand Rapids Saturday, Nov. 5. It was the day before the couple’s 15 month anniversary.
“I wanted to do something huge,” Juresich said. “And I’ve always loved flash mobs ever since I watched them on Youtube.”
The planning process began weeks ago, and the final touches were made during an afternoon rehearsal only hours before the proposal took place.
Over 30 students and friends showed up to rehearsal Saturday afternoon.
“I just love dancing, and I’m super excited to see what happens!” said Katie Van Dyk, a student participant in the flash mob. “It will be super cute.”
The rehearsal went smoothly and the participants got excited as they prepared for the big event.
“This is an awesome idea,” said Emily Spittka, another student participant. “It’s the cutest proposal idea ever and I’m so excited to be a part of it!”
Everyone was nervous for the show, but none quite in the same way as Kyle Juresich.
“I’m excited and nervous,” Juresich said. “She’s the sweetest person I’ve ever met, and I’m so excited to spend the rest of my life with her.”
After rehearsal Juresich left to pick up Falbo for their “photoshoot” for a “print-ad.”
“I’m kind of freaking out,” Juresich laughed. “But I think she’ll say yes. I hope so. It would be kind of awkward if she didn’t since her mom is here.”
Falbo’s mother flew in from Georgia for the occasion.
The flash mob participants hid behind the Calder Plaza Building while Juresich brought Ginny into the plaza.
“I’m excited to help a guy get his girl,” said Steve Rigby, alumni of Cornerstone University, just before the event started.
Juresich suddenly ran behind the building, put on a suit coat and grabbed a microphone.
“I thought he had to go to the bathroom!” Falbo said later.
When Juresich came back into view he was walking with a small band. When the band began playing over 30 dancers came running into the clearing and surrounded Falbo.
The song that the band played was “Sway” by Dean Martin. Juresich sang along with the band while the dancers performed in choreographed circles around a very surprised Ginny Falbo.
Halfway through the song there was a break in the vocals where Juresich proposed to Falbo. And she said yes.
The song ended with a kiss and a loud cheer from the spectators.
Falbo was shocked to find out that Juresich had driven to Detroit and back in one day just to ask her father for his permission to marry her.
“Are you kidding me?” She said.
The couple laughed and shared stories with old friends.
When the crowd asked Juresich what was going to happen next, his reply came quickly and without hesitation.
“I have to go home and update my Facebook relationship status!” he said.