Daralynn Boustead, 28, an accounting assistant, thought she was meeting a few good friends for a night out at the last Main Street Live event for the summer.
Instead, she had a date with more than 200 people brought together by her boyfriend of two years.
Jay Urevich, 31, a bartender at Evie's Tavern in Sarasota, wanted his marriage proposal to Boustead, 28, to be so big, so different and so over-the-top that she would never doubt his love for her.
So he brought together 200 people for a flash mob line dance to Bruno Mars' "Just The Way You Are" in front of The Loaded Barrel Tavern shortly last week.
She still didn't know what was going on until she saw her mother, children and grandmother carrying signs with love messages.
Then, everything broke loose, including confetti cannons and a huge banner proclaiming, "I love you more," falling from a nearby rooftop,
"By then I was crying and I knew what was happening," Boustead said.
While kneeling, a nervous Urevich, said, "You are my best friend. I love you so much. Will you marry me?"
Boustead said, "Yes," while crying so hard she could barely hold her hand steady to let Urevich put a shining diamond engagement ring on her finger.
"It wasn't until the next day when I woke up and saw the ring that I realized I hadn't dreamed it all," Boustead said.
Urevich decided two months ago to do a flash mob to win his love over and then had to execute his plan.
"I decided to do a flash mob because, to me, it's a magical moment," Urevich said. "I've seen them on You Tube but had never been a part of one."
He called the owners of The Loaded Barrel Tavern and they were enthusiastic about helping host the flash mob, Urevich said.
Urevich got about a half-dozen friends to film and many have posted video on Facebook, including friend Tammy Wakeland-DeJesus.
Urevich handed out assignments, including to get Boustead to Main Street Live under the guise of "a few drinks with friends."
Urevich enlisted Shea Whidden, a local dance choreographer, to design the "flash mob" line dance. He recruited Gwen Hazel and her boyfriend, Ron Dillard, to help teach friends and family how to do the dance,
"Everyone had to keep the secret," Urevich said. "Daralynn wondered why some of her best friends were avoiding her the last few months. They couldn't look her in the eye for fear they would spill it."
Once the secret was out, Boustead found herself surrounded.
Boustead's best friend, Erin Johnson and her children, Te-rah, 9, and Rahmir, 7, were also there.
"Erin will be my maid of honor when we do get married in two years," Boustead said.
Now that he has pulled off the flash mob, Urevich said he has caught flack from guys who say he has set the bar too high for any guy planning a proposal.
"Hey, if you love a woman, I believe you have to show them how much," Urevich said.
Richard Dymond, Herald reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7072 or contact him via Twitter @RichardDymond.