PROPOSING in front of a crowd, surrounded by the glitz and glamour of a burlesque circus show on Valentines Day sounds like the plot of a romantic movie.
But for one Mandurah resident it was reality.
Self-confessed rule breaker Nanci Nott created an elaborate scheme to propose to her boyfriend with Sugar Blue Burlesque and Circus Joseph Ashton at a performance last week in Victoria Park.
While custom dictates that women are allowed to break traditions and propose during leap years, Ms Nott said she had not been aware the practice existed.
“I actually had no idea, I just figured it is 2016 and I’m not the biggest rule follower anyway,” she said.
“I just like surprising him and I thought well he’s awesome, and so is burlesque and the circus so I figured this was the perfect blend of awesomeness.”
On the night, Ms Nott and now fiancé Aaron Gwynaire were called onto the stage by host and comedian Famous Sharron under the pretence of winning a prize.
“When we came into the ring Famous Sharron asked if it was love at first sight and he said some really lovely things about how he loved me and it just melted me completely,” Ms Nott said.
“Then she handed me the microphone and I had this whole poetic thing I wanted to say but then I had a complete mind blank.
“I ended up just saying ‘this sexy thing right here, will you marry me?’”
After a resounding yes, the newly engaged couple were met with applause from the audience.
“I was excited, and he was very astounded and gobsmacked,” Ms Nott said.
“The crowd clapped which was very cute, and then he grabbed the microphone off me and said ‘I do’ which was adorable.”
Still on a high from the unforgettable proposal, Ms Nott said the pair was yet to make wedding plans.