For the last few months, I have been planning an elaborate proposal to my girlfriend (and baby-momma) Christina Dam. The idea was to have the ring flown in aboard an RC hex-copter, sort of riffing off of the drone topic that's been so prevalent this year. On April 7th, everything came together for one crazy-ass proposal that she's sure to never forget. The best part is that the whole thing was captured on video (Click the image above to watch). It is embarrassing and extremely nerdy but I am very proud of having pulled this off. That said, I had a lot of help.
The ring was designed and crafted by my cousin Robert Keith, founder of Hoorsenbuhs. His designs are coveted by celebrities and fashion industry types ranging from Madonna, to Elton John, to Michele Obama.
My friend Jared Stanley first turned me on to the growing RC copter/drone trend. He showed me the amazing videography that was happening in the community. When I came up with this crazy idea, I reached out to him first to get his take. He's just starting out as a pilot and wasn't ready to take on a challenge like this. So, he tapped the RC online community and started talking to Chris Geiger, who happens to be a skilled pilot and wedding photographer. What are the odds?
Chris got really excited about the project and created a test video. I was really impressed with the footage and his mad piloting skills. He deserves a lot of credit for turning this half-baked idea into reality. Chris came down from Fresno so we could meet for a dry run the day before and so I could hand off the ring. It was nerve-wracking to place the bling in the hands of a stranger, especially one who intended on flying it around among trees and buildings. Chris was an absolute pro, piloting and landing the drone copter perfectly. He also edited the video which came out terrific.
In the end, it all came off perfectly. Christina was delighted and we have this great memory to look back on for the rest of our lives.