It's every girl's dream: A surprise proposal atop a mountain, rays of sun pouring in through the clouds, a gorgeous diamond ring and a drone circling 'round to capture the whole thing.
Well, that's what you'd be in for if your fiance-to-be was Jordan Nelson, an aerial drone pioneer and owner of Nelson Aerial Productions. Nelson popped the question at the top of one of the highest peaks in eastern America, and he's got the video to prove it.
Still ... how did the high-powered drone end up at his marriage proposal, anyway?
“About three years ago, I had bought a drone when they were first available, and not with the intentions of having a business at that point. I just thought it was cool," he told TODAY. "But then I started getting requests for different things, and I started posting some really cool videos. People loved it."
Nelson got busy enough with those requests from friends that he was able to leave his job and pursue his drone videography business full-time.
And this past Saturday, all that fancy equipment came in handy when he took his then-girlfriend, now-fiancee on a hike up Grandfather Mountain in North Carolina.
“We go on hikes on occasion, and we’d hiked that exact same spot on our first date three years prior. That’s why I wanted that spot," he continued.
“I told her, ‘Let’s go for a hike! It’s been almost three years since we hiked there on our first date.’ And I said, ‘I’m gonna take my drone with me, too, and maybe we can get some really cool pictures of us up there.’ Since I do it for a living, she thought absolutely nothing about it.”
The drone thing might not have seemed suspicious, but there were a few more things Nelson had to do to ensure that everything went according to plan. The next steps involved some serious multitasking on his part.
“When we got up there, it’s about a mile or so hike from the main area. I was like, ‘Let me just get this thing up and we’ll fly it around while we’re up here.’ I put it in a flight mode that circles around a point of interest. ‘Let’s pose for a picture!’ And as it was flying, I set the controller down and I went over to my camera on my phone to capture the audio."
That's because being able to relive the emotion he knew he'd hear in his girlfriend's voice would be "the icing on the cake," said Nelson.
"At that point, I was getting pretty nervous," he laughed. "I pushed her around to get her in the exact spot I wanted in. She though I was joking with her. She thought it was a late April Fool’s joke! But when I reached into the bag to get the box that had the ring, she kind of just lost her breath.
"In the video you can hear her kind of just go really quiet and she just couldn’t breathe for a minute ... and then she started crying and everything.”
Of course, no proposal would be complete without a quick phone call to mom.
"We didn't have service up there, unfortunately," Nelson explained. "But on our way back we stopped where we had phone service and called her mom.”
“I couldn’t have imagined it turning out any better.”