Stuart Hausmann and DeAndre Upshaw met at a party in Waco six years ago. After Hausmann graduated, he moved to Dallas to be closer to Upshaw.
"We were fairly certain we were going to get married at some point," Upshaw said. So four months ago, "I started to hatch a plan."
The epic proposal effort involved about 50 people including 15 professional dancers, friends and family from Houston and Austin, plus the video team that helped capture it. Upshaw and Danielle Georgiou, of DGDG dance company, sent videos to out-of-town family so they could learn the right steps.
"There's only a few times you can have an event where you can force everyone you know to come together," Upshaw said.
The video isn't Upshaw's first brush with Internet fame. In 2014, he was behind a social media campaign against Kung Fu Saloon in Dallas. He also has his own Dallas-based video marketing firm that has dabbled in viral videos, so he was able to edit the proposal video.
After a last-minute rain delay and venue switch, they pulled off the proposal in a parking lot at a Plano middle school where their friend is a theater teacher. Upshaw left the house at 6 a.m. Saturday to get everyone together for a last-minute rehearsal in Plano. He told Hausmann he was at the gym and to get ready for a fancy brunch.
"I've never seen pure joy on a person's face, and that's what we saw that day," Georgiou, the choreographer, said.
As for the wedding?
"I may or may not have a Pinterest board with some ideas," Upshaw said.