By Leah Binkovitz
Nam Tran and Trang Vu are pretty perfect for each other. They both love musicals. He was a computer science major and she studied biology. He's cheesy, she's sarcastic. And, one choreographed flash mob dance proposal later, they're engaged.
Tran and Vu met while attending UCLA and, under the guise of a book fair, returned to campus this past September. Moments after stepping into Bruin Plaza, however, Vu realized something was up. Frankie Valli's "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You" echoed around the plaza and one by one a crowd of people broke into dance. For a minute Tran and Vu just took it in together, but soon Tran jumped in bouncing just a little too much, unable to stay on the ground for long.
Vu later told CNN she knew something was up when she saw her little cousins in the crowd. Tran had been planning the proposal for months, inviting her whole family to be part of it. With the help of Flash Mob America, which choreographed the dance for him, he found plenty of eager volunteers as well. His dentist even pitched in.
As the song came to an end, Tran brought Vu to the center of the crowd. His voice tight with emotion, he explained to Vu how happy she makes him and how he hopes to do the same all the days to come. Smiling, she interjected a few wisecracks but happily let him continue. When it came time for Tran to ask the question, everyone knelt right along with him. She respondedsincerely, "Well, duh."
The proposal has become a web sensation. There are plenty of other flash mob proposals out there, some at Disney World or landmark parks. But people can't get enough of Tran and Vu. Just four days after the proposal, hundreds of thousands of people had watched the video. It's not that it's perfect--she's still clutching her plastic shopping bag, his dancing won't be featured in any music videos anytime soon--but it's clear that these two are mad for each other, mad enough to make fools of themselves in front of every passerby.
Flash mob proposals are certainly not for everyone. Plenty of people chimed in against them when Huffington Post asked readers if the trend was dead. But maybe it's just that not everyone plans a proposal with as much attention to detail as Tran did. The setting was familiar, the dancers were friends and family, and the song selection was personal. Vu once told Tran she wished she knew some sort of dance for the moment the horns burst into the chorus.
According to UCLA Today, Vu and Tran are just happy to have such a great video to show at their wedding.