MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Before the crowd caught the main attraction at Friday night's Movies Under The Stars at The Market Common, they were treated to a sneak preview of a future husband and wife.
Appearing on the large, inflatable screen was a picture of a happy-looking couple. The picture faded, and the words "Samantha, will you marry me?" appeared, accompanied by the sounds of "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)" by the Four Tops.
The crowd cheered and the couple could be seen hugging as a photographer snapped away.
Spoiler alert: Samantha Speedling said yes.
"I just bawled," Speedling said just moments after her now-fiancé, Justin Urness, popped the question in a very public way in front of family, friends and strangers.
Knowing what he was about to do, it did not seem surprising that Urness admitted he had been nervous all day.
Those nerves, he said, had a lot to do with how the weather would cooperate.
The genesis for his plan for proposing came from watching online videos of public proposals that involved tactics like flash mobs.
Speedling, according to Urness, had said in the past she wanted to be proposed to in front of a bunch of people.
Friday night, she got her wish.
"I've always been looking for a love like hers," Urness said.
The couple have been together for over a year. Urness said they met when he was a server at Lincoln Park Bar and Grill in Surfside Beach, and Speedling and her family came in one day.
"She had left me her number and thought I was cute," Urness said.
Before they tie the knot, the couple will welcome their son, Christopher, into the world in December.
The two said they're naming the baby after her brother, who was present for the proposal Friday.
"I thought his plan was fantastic," Chris Speedling said.
In thinking about the next few months before his nephew is born, Speedling had only one piece of advice for his soon-to-be brother-in-law.
"Stay on her good side," he said.
After the tears, hugs and photos, the happy couple and their family planned to stick around for the evening's showing of the Disney/Pixar film, "WALL-E."