When Brady Pendery and Paige Rhinehart of Fort Worth hiked to the peak of Bald Mountain (11,880 feet) in Telluride, Colo., they were looking for a bird's eye view of the awe-inspiring landscape. Then Pendery began circling his drone above the mountaintop so it could capture a bird's eye view of the moment he asked his girlfriend of more than eight years to marry him.
And yes, the epic video is on YouTube for romantics internet-wide to enjoy.
"Honestly the drone was something I knew I wanted for just this moment," Pendery, a hobby photographer of six years, told us via Facebook message. "I wanted to share with others the beautiful views we were seeing in that special moment."
When Rhinehart recounted the proposal in another interview, she said that because they are both photographers, she didn't think much of the fact Pendery brought his drone on a hike -- even if it was four hours long.
"He was setting up his equipment to take pictures and I am used to having to stand in for test shots, so that's what I was doing in the video," she said. "He told me we should get a picture of us looking at the mountain. Then he said, 'Hey baby, turn around.'"
That's when Rhinehart saw him down on one knee and her eyes filled with tears.
Pendery and Rhinehart began dating when they were 17 years old. Although they had talked frequently about getting married, both wanted to wait until they had finished school and got their finances in a solid place. That notion is how Pendery was able to pull off the surprise.
"What she didn't know is how I've been saving up for the last couple months to afford [the wedding]," he said.
Pendery popped the question on June 11 during a 10-day trip the couple is taking through the Southwest, including stops at Arches National Park in Utah and Antelope Canyon in Arizona. When we spoke to them, they were hiking the Grand Canyon.
Though Pendery and Rhinehart love to travel, this Fort Worth couple is not sure yet where they'll tie the knot. They're aiming for a 2018 wedding.