The surprise marriage proposal at a Home Depot has become a viral sensation as of Sept. 12, thanks to its unique location, a flash mob and the Utah couple at the center of the story.
Spencer Stout surprised his boyfriend Dustin Reeser with the charming proposal at a Salt Lake City Home Depot. The location was the site of their first date, according to a Fox News 13 report on the couple.
Dustin went to the Salt Lake City Home Depot under the impression he would help his roommate select some lighting for a party. Once taken to the Home Depot’s lumber aisle, Dustin learned the trip was all an elaborate set-up.
A flash mob of Dustin’s group of friends and family were there to surprise him with choreographed dance routine to “Somebody Loves You” by Betty Who.
They come out, and they’re from all the different places I’ve lived in the world, so to see them all in one place at one time was kind of ridiculous,” Reeser told Fox News 13. “I start to recognize people, and then I start to recognize more people, and I’m thinking in my head it’s a really nice graduation gift, but a little weird.
But song-and-dance number is just the prelude to the big moment, Spencer’s proposal to Dustin.
Spencer enters, dressed in a suit and carrying a large card with the “Somebody Loves You” lyrics, “If I am good to you/Won’t you be good to me?”
With family and friends as witnesses, Spencer tells Dustin: “I love you more than anything in the entire world and I'd be honored if you'd be by my side for the rest of my life.” Spencer then drops to one knee and asks, “Will you marry me?”
Happily, Dustin says yes.
Spencer and Dustin shared the video of the surprise marriage proposal to YouTube, where they thanked their family and friends for their love and support. That video has gone viral, gaining more than 1.3 million views in the two days since it was posted.
The video reflects the Internet zeitgeist where public declarations of love, filled with elaborate set-ups and surprise flash mobs, have become more common. But the video is worth watching, and not only as a feel-good moment, or for the romantic sincerity of the moment, or the proposal’s unique-to-the-couple location.
The Home Depot marriage proposal is worth watching for how it captures another cultural zeitgeist – marriage equality. The video offers a touching personal story, with the couple’s love celebrated and supported by family and friends, but it’s also a reminder the couple can’t currently marry in Utah because of its ban on gay marriage.