Published Monday, 03 September 2012
Sean Montgomery, 31, surprised his girlfriend Gina McBride, 25, when he starred in a special musical number on screen at a Movie House Cinema in Belfast on Thursday night.
This was the first time the cinema has been able to do anything like this thanks to new digital technology.
And the audience for the 7.40pm Keith Lemon movie got more than they bargained for when "the proposal" popped up on the big screen after the normal adverts.
The romantic movie kicked off with a line directed straight at his bride-to-be: "This Year's Most Romantic Comedy - Even You Gina McBride Might Like It".
In the film he lip-syncs a rendition of 'Marry You' by Bruno Mars while a montage of the happy couple plays.
"I wanted to do something really big for Gina and couldn't think of anything better than proposing to her in our local cinema. We go to the movies a lot and so this seemed perfect," Sean said.
The movie ends with Sean professing his love for Gina but the actual question was made in real life with Sean dropping to one knee to ask his dream girl to marry him.
But Gina was so shocked she couldn't get the words out and four cinema-goers had to prompt her to 'answer him'.
Like a scene taken straight from a romantic movie, Gina shouted out "yes" and received a huge cheer from the audience.
"When I saw my name on the biggest screen I'd ever seen, I was totally in shock. It was just so amazing and so like Sean to go out of his way to do something special. I can't wait to marry him," Gina said.
Sean added that the hardest part was keeping the proposal a secret from Gina.
"That's been a nightmare; it's taken a lot of organisation and help from her mother," he explained.
"And then after all the effort to get her to the cinema, she nearly missed the proposal because she wanted to go and get a popcorn and Coke! Putting the movie together was the easy part!
"The people at the Movie House were really helpful - they really got behind it."
Movie House Cityside manager Magdalene Duffy said: "We were delighted to help Sean out; it was such a unique way to propose and we thought it was lovely."
Sean, who films weddings for a living, will now have to find someone else to film his own happy ending.