Something Old Meets Something New

Happy couple on wedding dayIf the Archdiocese of Washington can do it, so can you. The Roman Catholic Church has now employed the use of drones for major public events, which leaves it generally open ended for world wide couples who are planning on tying the knot to consider flying one at their nuptials in order to photograph their wedding. It’s a God’s-eye view looking down on the day of your marriage, well as long as your pastor or local bishop is okay with it and you don’t take out a stained glass window.

There is nothing stopping this new trend from having more than just a person on the ground with a long lens in one hand and a camera in the other. Depending on the rate of your human shutter bug, your matrimonial ceremony drone may be a comparable videographer at about $1000, if you shop around. With a drone, your wedding video will reach new heights on social media, and be the envy of all those friends who didn’t think of it before you. Some of the best quadcopters and drones these days are capable of producing high quality professional video, check them out at

What are the Rules?

Over the pond in America what’s the word from the Federal Aviation Administration? You need permission from your Uncle Sam. Nothing over 400 feet, no drones in populated areas (how big is your wedding?) and officially, drones cannot be operated for commercial purposes. Your drone photographer gets to figure all of that out. While the FAA is still arm wrestling local law on city and state levels, those principalities are battling over whose air it is anyway, whose rights are being exercised and-or violated, depending upon the arguer, and consequently, fines for flying a drone against regulation are up in the air as well. Just remember what Grandma always said: an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, or two and a half pounds of drone weight.

Some couples may go for the drone, instead of having the photographer darting in and out of aisles and people, standing between you and your family and friends as the big moments happen, but most couples who are linking up to this new technology are doing both; getting the stills with the original pro and the aerial acrobatic footage from the hovering machine.

What Kind of Views can you get?

You’ll get the tops of heads and the low down views, you’ll get mass perspective and instead of Aunt Marge’s big gaudy hat in the way, you’ll catch every moment with nothing between the lens and you but air and altitude. Add a little music and you’ll have a high flying time to recount the blessed event later on, from an angle that no one saw your vows from.

Just make sure your drone operator doesn’t hit one of those suspended chandeliers hanging solemnly from the rafters of the cathedral. Trends come and go, but considering the wave of the future, because this isn’t just A Thing, it’s a Drone Thing, and it looks like it will become the norm. Something Old, Something New, Something With a Birdseye View.

To finish off, check out this cool video from a wedding in Italy:

How a Recent Wedding was a Big Success

massIn case you’re interested, I went to a Catholic wedding in England last week. Well, you might say, what’s so special about that since you live in England? Well, the thing is that, as lovely as the wedding was (yes, the bride did look lovely) that’s not what I’m trying to tell you about. You see, as anyone who knows me will know, I am a very big music-lover. In fact, not a day goes by when I’m not dancing to music, any music. Despite the beautiful bride and the open bar, the real highlight of this wedding was the music played by the DJ at the after party. After all, the after party either makes or breaks a wedding.

It’s Time to Shatter the Illusion

When people think of a Catholic wedding in England, they seem to think of a bunch of fuddy-duddies bopping away to Mozart. I apologise for shattering this illusion, my friends, but most English weddings are anything but boring. You see, we Brits are rather fond of music (come on, we gave the world The Beatles) as well as a good old open bar so, the second the lovely bride and groom finally depart (hopefully taking the blubbering mother-in-laws with them) the hair is let down from its chignons and the real party starts.

Breaking the Mould

Whilst we were dancing to a very upbeat song which I can’t remember the name of, I glanced over the shoulder of the man who I was dancing with and looked at the DJ’s equipment. I can hear the horrified cries of women everywhere asking me why, when I was dancing with a very attractive gentleman, I was looking at the DJ’s equipment or rather, lack of it (no euphemism intended). You see, I still remember the DJ’s of my youth. You know, the creepy middle-aged blokes at the school discos who played dodgy music at full volume from a clumpy set of speakers? Well, this DJ had a laptop. Yes, all he had to play to a large crowd was a laptop, and some DJ Software. But did he disappoint? No, sir, he did not. When I requested that he played some of my favourite soul and house tracks he happily obliged. It was like going back to the 70s and 80s with some everything from Northern Soul to early house classics.

Well, if you’re still with me, I have a little bit of advice to pass onto you; always go to English Catholic weddings- it will be a great occasion and a lot of fun too.