A sequence of events led to this, A Feel Good Story of Serendipity. After a night shift I had decided to take some more photos of the cliffs and headland just north of Maroubra Beach. I had been there the morning before, but for some reason decided to return for a second shoot. Maybe as it was a shorter drive.

On arrival and while completing my risk assessment for my flight, I noticed another drone flying and people taking photos around the northern cliff face. I waited for the drone to land before my take off. Soon after getting airborne a couple approached me and started to ask about my drone and if I could take photos. I advised that I could. I showed them my screen showing what Merlin, my drone, could see. They then advised me that there was a couple getting engaged on the cliff face and that I should get some photos of them. They explained that the people taking photos were a part of the engagement proposal, attempting to secretly capture the moment.

Flying Merlin over the coast to have the rising sun behind him and searched for the couple. The folk taking photos made it easy. I flew in to my legal limit of 30m to get some close ups from a few different angles. From an angle looking over the Groom to Be’s shoulder and then from behind the Bride to Be. Flying backwards to capture the whole scene and then finish with a video shot. I wanted to showcase the precarious cliff location with a distant pull up reveal to show Maroubra Beach for location awareness. See the video at the end of the blog. I returned Merlin to land so I could speak to the engagement party.

Introducing myself to the covert photographers that had been hiding behind rocks, and discovered they were the three sisters to the Groom to Be. The other drone pilot was one of their sons. He, unfortunately, had problems with the wind gusts over the cliffs and was forced to abort his mission of capturing his uncle’s engagement. The sisters explained that they had helped their brother by setting up the tea lights in the shape of a love heart, red roses, and picnic basket with freshly baked goodies and blanket. I advised them that I had taken some photos and asked if they would they be interested in them, ‘consider it an engagement gift’. I gave them my business card and asked them to contact me if they were interested. They did. They were very excited. Excited by the photos and more so as their brother just got engaged.

Excitement, happiness and gratefulness is so contagious. I feel fortunate to have met them. What a great feeling for all concerned, especially in these current pandemic times.

Merlin did a great job with the photos. He captured both ‘The Proposal’ and ‘The Acceptance’. I was able to ‘hide’ all the people so that some of the shots looked like the Engaged Couple were the only two people in the world at that moment. The couple and family love the photos and have given me permission to share their magic moment in time. A day they will never forget.

I hope this A Feel Good Story of Serendipity warms your hearts and puts a smile on your face. Of both family and romantic love. Feeling blessed to be a part of this story and I don’t even know the couple’s names. All the best to them.

A Feel Good Story of Serendipity

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