A wedding is about people coming together; it’s a merging of viewpoints in celebration. Each person attending experiences things through their own prism of emotion, whether it’s the proud parents, the many friends gathered together, or the bride and groom themselves.
Another viewpoint belongs to the camera recording the events of the day.
Filming your wedding is about capturing all the drama and emotion of the ceremonial highlights, the celebrations and the small, personal moments that emerge quite naturally as the wedding story unfolds.
But there are different viewpoints that the video camera can take when capturing all of this. One is from the air.
Aerial Wedding Videography
Drones have made aerial filming more accessible and more versatile. Aerial videography can bring a wider perspective to your wedding film, capturing the scale and grandeur of the event. But it can also focus on individual moments, while framing them in relation to what is going on around them. In short, it can bring out the big story without sacrificing any of the crucial detail.
Using an unmanned aircraft to film from the air is cost-effective and provides the opportunity to film from a unique point of view.
Think how high quality, cinematic aerial photography can capture the real sense of occasion of your wedding, and your choice of venue.
Things to Consider
As with any wedding film, aerial videography requires a degree of planning to ensure you get the best out of it on the day. There are dos and don’ts that you must be aware of:
- do check with your venue of choice, because your drone pilot will need their permission to fly and film;
- do make sure your drone operator is properly licensed to fly – by law they must have permission from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to fly for commercial purposes;
- do account for local conditions, because there may be obstacles such roads, railways and built-up areas which drones cannot fly over;
- do look at the weather forecast in advance – drones can’t fly in high winds or rain;
- don’t forget to talk to your wedding videographer about the order of events – while you want the drone to capture the right moments, you don’t want it buzzing overhead while people are trying to make those all-important speeches!
Is it Worth It?
I’ll answer this from a cinematic perspective. Picture your wedding, at the part where you both are about to get into the car to leave. The guests gather round, you toss the bouquet…
The camera pulls away gradually, the shot widens, to include all the guests, the venue itself, the landscape it’s set in. Everyone and everything in the frame gets smaller and smaller, as the car pulls away trailing its cans, spiriting the happy couple away towards their future…
The end, and the beginning.
My name’s Paul, I’m a professional wedding filmmaker, filming weddings in Manchester and across the North West. Talk to me about aerial photography and what it can bring to your wedding.