Something old, something new... something unmanned, airborne, and equipped with surveillance capabilities?
According to a trend piece in the New York Times wedding section, camera-equipped drones are increasingly showing up as wedding guests for the rich and famous. Far from uninvited, unmanned aerial copters have emerged as the hot new must-have excess at high profile ceremonies around the world. The whole thing is very très chic, etc.
In June, a drone shot photos from above as Randy Florke and U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney traded vows on the grounds of their sweeping manor in Cold Spring, N.Y. Among the high-profile guests sharing the spotlight with the unmanned aerial vehicle were House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Facebook cofounder-turned-publisher Chris Hughes, and an aide to Hillary Clinton.
Maloney, a member of the subcommittee that guides the Federal Aviation Administration admitted that he wasn't aware of restrictions that might apply to his wedding photographer's high-tech stunt. Maloney and Florke commissioned a wedding photographer who subcontracted Propellerheads Aerial Photography, helmed by UAV enthusiast and talented Air Force photojournalist Parker Gyokeres, for the drone shots.