Gideon Greaves took his partner Stacey Lavinia Rethman to their local food market and while there, a flashmob broke out; they watched on, fascinated and then… Gideon proposed.


Hout Bay, South Africa (06 October 2022) – Gideon Greaves set up a flashmob proposal at the Hout Bay Market in the Western Cape, and it was a massive success. He proposed to his partner Stacey Lavinia Rethman and was able to pull off the proposal as a total surprise.

The couple met four years ago and have a beautiful little girl named Madison. Gideon shared that Stacey would have known he was proposing had he planned a fancy dinner or a night away at a hotel. He wanted her to be surprised in the best way, so he visited the Waterfront Theatre School in Cape Town to start planning a flashmob.

A group of students worked for two weeks in preparation for the exciting day. The Waterfront Theatre School holds a special place in Stacey’s heart, as she graduated from the school herself.

Gideon woke up feeling really nervous the morning of the proposal. It was a beautifully warm day and they were both excited to spend the morning at the Hout Bay Market. He put the ring box in his pocket as they were about to leave and the box was very visible. Unable to change or hide it anywhere else, he threw on a jacket to hide the  box.

The market was buzzing when they arrived and they made their way through the stalls and towards the food court. The DJ had been playing some lovely background music but as soon as Stacey and Gideon sat at their table, the music stopped.

The music picked up again and this time it was full volume playing Bruno Mars “Marry You”. The dancers started coming out of their hiding places. Gideon shared that Stacey had pointed out that they were in the middle of a flashmob. She watched on with excitement. The flashmob started getting closer and once they surrounded the table, Stacey knew what was happening. Gideon looked over to her and she had tears in her eyes. He dropped to his knee and asked her to marry him. Stacey said yes without hesitating and the couple embraced as the onlookers cheered for them.

The entire market was in tears, touched by the moment. Gideon went to buy a bottle of champagne from the oyster vendor and the vendor was shaking with tears. Love and acts of love really do move people in the most beautiful ways.

Gideon hadn’t planned on filming the proposal, but when the mob started all the marketers pulled out their phones and filmed the moment. He managed to track down all the footage and compiled the video as a memory. He shared the video on his Instagram which has been a great source of joy to those who have seen it.

Stacey and Gideon plan to get married on the 10th of December. They celebrated their engagement by taking an early honeymoon along with their daughter Madison. The cruise they did took them to several destinations and they loved every moment. The early honeymoon was done because they have a second baby on the way in February. We love the idea of an early honeymoon!

We absolutely love that flashmobs are making a comeback! Take a look at Gideon’s proposal below. He is very grateful to everyone that contributed to the making of his proposal video!


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Sources: Gideon Greaves – Supplied
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