Rise of the Drones

Photographers Turned to Drones to Get Pics of Tina Turner’s Wedding

["What's Love Got to Do With It" joke goes here.]
Not brave enough to tangle with this woman, honestly. (Photo by Elisabetta Villa/Getty Images)

Not brave enough to tangle with this woman, honestly. (Photo by Elisabetta Villa/Getty Images)

Bad news, famous people: Wedding mania shows no signs of abating, and with the rise of drones, there’s yet another tool for tech-savvy paparazzi looking to get their money shot. Take, for example, the recent wedding of 73-year-old musical legend Tina Turner.

Spiegel reports that Ms. Turner and her fiance, a German music producer, held the celeb-heavy ceremony at the singer’s Swiss estate and even hung up a big curtain to shield the gathering. Photogs got creative:

“In the race for an exclusive wedding picture, Marti’s colleague Claudio Meier came up cold. The freelance photographer equipped himself with the latest technology and launched a remote-controlled drone from in front of Tina Turner’s estate. Meier wanted to fly the aircraft, a so-called quadrocopter, over Turner’s extravagant garden in order to get a good shot of the event.”

He claims at least one fellow photographer gave it a try. No luck, though: The cops made him land the drone and took his memory card. Their reason: “The drones could have collided with the helicopters that dropped rose petals over the bride and groom, thereby representing ‘a threat to air safety.'”

Ultimately, victory went to someone who flew over the ceremony in a small plane. If you want something done right…

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