Stephanie Mayville, 23, came to downtown Wyandotte on Friday night to enjoy the Third Friday celebration with family members and friends.
The 2007 Wyandotte Roosevelt graduate had no idea, however, that it would also be the first evening she would spend engaged to her boyfriend, 23-year-old Daniel Juhasz.
Juhasz, who is a 2006 Roosevelt graduate, was recently discharged from the U.S. Marine Corps, following two tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan.
The couple, which met as students at Roosevelt, had already spent time together since he had been home, but on Friday night Juhasz didn’t accompany Mayville to downtown Wyandotte.
Instead, he had worked with family and friends to coordinate a surprise marriage proposal for the evening, complete with a dancing flash mob.
He arranged to make sure that she was at the corner of Maple and Biddle, near downtown Wyandotte’s clock tower, at 6 p.m.
To her surprise, music suddenly started playing at that time and a group of about 15 people formed a flash mob and began dancing in unison as she watched.
The song suddenly changed to the popular Beyonce tune Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) and the group began surrounding Mayville.
Once again the song switched, this time to the 1966 Percy Sledge hit When a Man Loves a Woman.
Juhasz, who had been hiding on First St., suddenly appeared in front of Mayville.
Holding an engagement ring, he got down on one knee and asked her to be his wife.
She quickly agreed and the two embraced, as the crowd that was gathered around erupted in cheers.
“It was surprising,” Mayville said after the proposal. “I was not expecting this at all.”
Juhasz said he opted for the flash mob to be a part of his proposal, as he knew it was something Mayville would appreciate, as she is a dancer herself.
“It all rolls back to her strong dance history,” he said. “She’s been a dancer since she was ‘knee high to a grass hopper’ and its been one of her passions in life and I wanted to share her passion on this day and do it with all of her friends and family.”
As everyone congratulated the couple, they both found out that the proposal wasn’t the only surprise of the night.
Unbeknownst to Juhasz, family members had decided to pay tribute to his service in the military and arranged for an official U.S. Marine Corps. congratulations for the couple.
As the Marines’ Hymn began playing, the assembled friends and family members waved small U. S. flags.
Local Marine Sgt. Christopher Berry and Sgt. Craig Heller, who had both been hiding, appeared and officially congratulated the couple.
Now that Juhasz is no longer in the Marines, he is pursuing a nursing degree. Mayville is also working towards a degree in nursing.
Juhasz said he had not considered a specific date for their wedding yet, as both of them want to wait until they finish their schooling and have launched their careers.