SAN DIEGO (NEWS 8) - A local photographer was on a mission to capture the perfect sunset on Valentine's Day, but what he discovered was something even more romantic.
Photographer Topher Riley caught a proposal on a beach in Cardiff on camera, while photographing a different subject.
"I was photographing my girlfriend. You know I had no thought in my mind anything was happening behind the scenes,” said photographer Topher Riley.
Riley said he bought a drone and was testing it for the first time around sunset, when he captured a couple getting engaged. He didn’t realize the couple was in his footage until later.
"When I got home, I was going through the photos and seeing what everything looked like and I thought oh this is a great photo so I started retouching it and giving it some life and little to my knowledge did I know that there was someone dropping a knee,” said Riley.
Riley then wanted to find out who the newly engaged couple was and started his search by posting the image on social media. His posts paid off and Friday morning Riley located the couple.
Holly Fuller said she and her now fiancé Greg Todorov never saw Riley that night, but did notice his drone.
An interesting note about the engaged couple, Riley’s mom introduced them years ago when Holly was a tenant of hers.
Del Mar racing fans had a different reason to cheer on Saturday. This time it was for Martine Bellocq.
Deserts will dry out over the weekend, monsoonal moisture returning by Tuesday. Weekend temperatures slightly warmer as the high moves over the region, bringing in drier air. Beach conditions to improve Saturday. Water temperature slightly cooler than last week.
A man who fired a gun and threatened customers at a Fallbrook bar early Saturday morning was thwarted by patrons who tackled him and held him until law enforcement could arrive, a San Diego County sheriff's deputy said.
A man is suspected of crashing his car into a Skyline home and fleeing before being apprehended by police early Saturday morning.
The San Diego team in the Alliance of American football announced the signing of former San Diego State offensive tackle Terry Poole, a fourth-round choice by the Seattle Seahawks in the 2015 NFL draft, and nine other players.
A San Diego man with a prior conviction for the same offense was sentenced in federal court to more than 3 1/2 years in prison for his admitted role in a human-smuggling attempt that seriously injured a U.S. Border Patrol officer.
San Diego County Sheriff's Deputy Richard Fischer is free Friday night after posting $2 million bail. He is accused of groping and assaulting more than a dozen women while on duty.