Jordan Nelson knows how to capture a moment. As the owner of Nelson Aerial Productions in Boone, North Carolina, he has filmed everything from ski resorts to coastal estates. So when it came time to propose to his girlfriend of three years, he knew exactly how he wanted to record the event. From above. So with ring in pocket and new DJI Phantom 4 drone strapped to his back, he and girlfriend Meghan Frye set off on their favorite hike: MacRae Peak at Grandfather Mountain, North Carolina.
“It’s the exact same spot we hiked to on our first date,” Nelson said. “We were there again for our one-year anniversary. I knew it was where I wanted to propose.”
Even though it was the couple’s three-year anniversary to the day, the bride-to-be didn’t suspect a thing when Nelson said he wanted to bring his drone.
“I always bring a drone or camera along on hikes, so she didn’t think anything was up,” he said. “I actually purchased the Phantom 4 specifically for the hike, because I knew the size and features would help me pull the whole thing off.”
After a strenuous hike traversing boulders, climbing ladders and utilizing ropes, Nelson launched his drone, setting the Phantom 4 to its autonomous orbit mode. As the quadcopter circled above, Nelson surreptitiously hit record on his iPhone, lowered to one knee and popped the question.
“I knew I wanted to capture the audio as well, so you’d be able to hear the entire proposal and her reaction in the video,” the Dronemeisters.com affiliate said. “The whole thing went off without a hitch, so to speak.”
The happy couple is now looking at a fall, 2017 for the nuptials. Don’t be surprised if there’s a drone circling above.