Wedding photographers are out, drones are in

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.


Parker Gyokeres

In addition to being the owner, vehicle builder and pilot at Propellerheads, Parker Gyokeres is an active duty U.S. Air Force Photojournalist and the current Chief of Public Affairs for the 621st Contingency Response Wing, Joint Base Mcguire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. Gyokeres has 22 years of worldwide expeditionary experience, to include three deployments to Afghanistan and one to Iraq. He has been active in remote control flight for ten years and has extensive experience with the construction and operation of both multicopters and fixed-wing aircraft.