ROMANCE is always bigger in the movies – or that’s what Carly Graham used to think.
The 29-year-old film fan was left stunned when her boyfriend of four years popped the question on the big screen.
In fact, David Haddon had been planning the special proposal for months, and he managed to pull it off with the help of her friends and family, and staff at Cineworld in Boldon Colliery.
Carly, who works as a video editor, said: “The proposal was the most amazing moment in my life.
“I was so chuffed and overwhelmed with all of the effort David had gone to. The fact he had my friends and family involved too just shows how well he knows me.
“All our friends say how cheesy we are together and that we’re so in love, so for him to propose in that way was just amazing.
“I love him so much, and he’s made me the happiest girl in the world!”
David, 26, a quantity surveyor, said he’d always wanted to make the proposal special.
He started planning the surprise in April when he asked a work buddy of Carly’s to help him edit a short film.
He then recruited Carly’s family members and best friends, who he filmed saying what they love about her, and asked cinema staff to play it on the big screen.
So when the couple, from Washington, sat down in the cinema – where they have been loyal visitors for years – Carly was met by her favourite song, You Make It Real by James Morrison, and a picture of herself, followed by the clips of her loved ones, and David telling her he wanted to ask her a question.
Then as the film ended, David got down on one knee and presented Carly with an engagement ring.
She said: “I can’t believe he’d been planning this for so long without me noticing – I thought he’d been going to the gym all the time!
“A photo of me came on and I didn’t know what was going on at first, but then I clicked and I just sat there crying my eyes out.
“When he asked me to marry him, I said yes and just hugged and kissed him, then I heard loads of people cheering. I looked up and all of my friends and family were at the back of the cinema – it was just amazing, I couldn’t believe it.
“He’d sneaked them in without me even realising.
“I felt so special. It was perfect.”
David added: “I’ve always known that I wanted to do something special when I proposed.
“Carly is a huge film fan and she’s had a pass at Boldon Cineworld for about 10 years. Her family and friends are really important to her too, so I really wanted to include them in it.
“I was just over the moon when she said yes, and it made all the planning and hard work worth it.
“It was like an MI5 mission, but it all worked out in the end.”
Now the couple are saving towards their big day and planning to tie the knot in 2015.