ELSINORE VALLEY, Calif. - From the ground, the high school parking lot looked like it's full of lousy drivers who can't park. But from above, those bad park jobs asked "marry me?" in Miatas - Mazda Miatas.
"Originally, I didn't have enough cars for a question mark, but on the day, a bunch of extra cars showed up," said Colin Burgess.
Including a Miata with a custom yellow paint job for the dot.
Why would anyone ask a girl to marry him using Miatas? It goes back to Caitlin Lainoff's and Colin's first dates.
"I asked him to take me for a fast ride in his tiny car," said Caitlin.
That tiny 1992 red Miata ended up forming the top of the "m" in marry. Colin uses drones for aerial photography. He recruited Miatas for his marriage proposal through Miata forums and clubs, saying "Hello fellow zoomers."
So, how many Miatas does it take to spell out "Marry Me?" Forty-four.
Colin spent the night before drawing chalk lines on the pavement. To pull off his proposal, Colin pretended he had to go shoot some aerial photos of real estate. He flies the drone. She operates the camera.
As he flew the drone over the parking lot in Elsinore Valley, California, he told Caitlin to pan down. For a few seconds, she didn't get it.
"And Colin actually had to prompt me 'Well babe, what does that say?'" said Caitlin.
"It was a very long pause," said Colin.
"When he went down on one knee then I was like, 'Oh, this is for me,'" said Caitlin.
He nervously asked, "Will you be my wife?" She said yes, and their kiss was captured by a photographer hiding in a bush.
They arrived at the parking lot to the music of Miatas, though with a baby on the way, they may need something bigger than a Miata.