It’s ‘promposal’ time
Imagination required when asking someone to prom in 2017.
Hannah Crawley knew what was happening but she still got butterflies in the pit of her stomach.
Her best friend Aiden Lynk set up an elaborate plan to ask Crawley to her senior prom.
It was on Feb. 18 that Crawley, who lives in Sydney, became a recipient of the explosive social media trend called a “promposal.”
A promposal is an elaborately staged request to be someone’s date to prom. The trend began back in 2001, but went viral in 2011 when 20,000 videos were tagged under promposal on Youtube.
The promposal popularity began in the U.S., but it has made its way to Cape Breton.
Crawley initially asked Lynk if he’d ask her to prom, but she wasn’t expecting an elaborate promposal.
Crawley, who is in Grade 12 at Sydney Academy, and Lynk, who’s a Grade 11 student at Riverview Rural High School,
have been best friends for four years.
The promposal was staged with the help of Crawley’s mother. She picked up her daughter following a sleepover at a friend’s house and when they arrived home, Crawley’s sister brought her into the living room. She was told to sit on the couch.
“I felt nervous but I’m not sure why,” Crawley said. “I knew what was happening as soon as I saw the video up on the TV screen.”
Lynk had embraced their mutual love of travel. He composed a video with the help of their friends, most of whom live in different parts of the world. Some of the friends held up love notes, while others spoke in their native language asking Crawley to the prom.
Once the video stopped, Lynk entered the room wearing a Batman onesie.
“We both really love batman,” Lynk said.
“So I walked into the living room and I had a batman onesie on with a cape. I ripped off the cape and underneath it, it said ‘Prom?’”
Lynk wanted the promposal to reflect what their friendship is all about.
“I just wanted to make the day special for her.”
Crawley said she can’t wait to spend prom with Lynk.
“I couldn’t be more excited to get all dolled up and spend the night dancing with my best friend.”
The promposal phenomenon took hold of another couple —15-year-old Erika Lewis and her boyfriend of two months Zackary Kennedy.
Lewis, from Sydney River, received her promposal on March 6. Kennedy, 17, from Sydney, hopped on the bandwagon with a promposal of his own.
He got one of his friends to make up a poster reading, “Prom would be un-BEAR-able without you.”
He paired this greeting with a stuffed bear and a bouquet of flowers.
“I got down on one knee with the poster in my hand and asked if she’d go to prom with me,” Kennedy recalled.
Since the wintertime promposals, both couples have picked out their suits and bought their dresses.
Lewis and Kennedy say they’re ready for Riverview High’s prom on June 27, while Lynk and Crawley are gearing up for Sydney Academy’s prom the day before.
Aiden Lynk, left, used a video promposal to successfully ask Hannah Crawley to be his prom date.
Zackary Kennedy, left, smiles as he presents his girlfriend, Erika Lewis with his version of a promposal.