A romantic boyfriend devised a proposal to remember when he used a drone to help him pop the question.
Haley Barker, 24, from Thomson, Georgia, was posing by a Christmas tree with boyfriend Coltin Lira, 27, when she spotted the flying gadget.
But it was not until the quadcopter dropped down with a basket containing an engagement ring that Coltin got down on one knee.
Haley Barker and Coltin Lira were posing by a Christmas tree when a drone flew overhead, Haley was confused and wondered what the drone was doing
The couple had only been together for months but Haley said she’d found her ‘soulmate’ after their first date and they were very serious about their relationship
She said: ‘I had no idea what was going on – with drones becoming so popular, I honestly thought it belonged to someone nearby just trying it out.
‘I didn’t think it was part of a proposal until Coltin told me to grab the basket off the hook.
‘He proposed near to where he grew up so it was really special.’
The couple were near Houston, Texas, in December when they posed in front of the tree for pictures.
The drone flew above them but initially its movements didn’t indicate that it had anything to do with them.
Haley was intrigued by the drone with Coltin playing along with the act. She saw the drone dropping down and said she didn’t think it was a proposal until Coltin told her to take the basket
He pulled the ring out while Haley read a note and then got down on one knee to propose to her. Well wishers take pictures of the proposal happening
The couple were having their picture taken in front of the tree on a day out which Haley had no idea would end in a proposal
But then it slowly headed towards an unsuspecting Haley, 24, while Coltin played along and reached up to the dangling basket so his partner could take out a note while he picked up a box.
While she was busy reading the note, Coltin dropped to one knee and popped the question, to which an emotional Haley said, ‘yes’.
Haley and Coltin have only been dating for a couple of months, but as soon as they met for the first time in Starbucks they both knew they were meant for each other.
Haley, an ICU nurse, added: ‘We are definitely soulmates.
When the basket came down, Coltin told Haley to grab the basket and she realised what was going on. Haley found a note in there and started reading
The basket had a personalised cover and a box containing a ring and an envelope with a moving note inside which Haley read
Coltin got down on one knee and proposed. The couple have no solid plans yet but are looking at marrying this year in Tahiti
‘Immediately after I left after our first date I called my mom and told her I had just went out with the man I was going to spend the rest of my life with.
‘I found out later that Coltin called his parents and told them the same thing.
‘We have both been in long-term relationships before, but none of them compared.’
So far the bride-to-be and her fiancé haven’t set any plans in stone yet, but are taken with the thought of tying-the-knot in Tahiti in 2016.