Jul 21, 2023 | Blog

Hire Your Professional Wedding Drone Videographer

Why You Should Hire a Professional Drone Videographer for Your Wedding

Hiring a drone videographer for your wedding day is one of the best ways to capture every special moment. This is one of the most special and memorable events of your life, and you want to capture every moment in a way that can be cherished for years to come. This is where professional videography comes in, especially when it comes to drone videography. In recent years, this kind of videography has become increasingly popular in the wedding industry, offering a unique and cinematic perspective that traditional videography cannot match.

Bride and groom in old growth redwoods drone shot

Drones have the ability to capture stunning bird’s-eye views, high-altitude shots, and even side-angles and parallax effects that can make your wedding video truly unforgettable. With the help of a professional drone videographer, you can bring a whole new level of artistry and creativity to your wedding video.

Camera drones can add a level of cinematic quality to your wedding video that traditional videography simply cannot match. With the ability to capture sweeping aerial shots and breathtaking panoramas, this type of videography can make your wedding video feel like a Hollywood production. Whether you want to create a romantic and dreamy atmosphere or a dramatic and epic feeling, a professional drone videographer can help you achieve your vision.

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Drone shots can also act as a beautiful and graceful segue between the different parts of the wedding day story being told in your video. From the bride and groom getting ready, to the ceremony and reception, to the first dance and beyond, drone footage can provide seamless transitions that take your wedding video to the next level.

Indeed, safety should always be a top priority when it comes to drone cinematography. While drones can be noisy and obtrusive, a professional drone video service like that offered by Mendocino Photo & Video is unobtrusive with their drone use, ensuring that they don’t disrupt the celebration or disturb your guests. And most importantly, drones can be dangerous when used incorrectly. It is essential to hire a professional drone video service with proper training, licensing, and insurance to ensure the safety of everyone involved.

Finally, outdoor weddings provide an incredible backdrop for drone videography. Whether your wedding is by the ocean, in fields and hills, gardens, or vineyards, a drone can capture the beauty of the environment and the magic of the moment. With their ability to fly high and capture unique angles, drones can create stunning visuals that will make your wedding video truly unforgettable.

In this blog post, we’ll explore all of the reasons why you should consider hiring a professional drone videographer for your wedding day. We’ll discuss the unique perspectives and cinematic qualities that drone video can provide, as well as the safety and unobtrusiveness of a professional drone videographer. We’ll also look at how drone videos can create beautiful segues in your wedding video and why outdoor weddings are the perfect setting for this. So, let’s dive in and discover why drones are the perfect addition to your wedding day.

Part 1: The Unique Perspective Provided by Drones

Ceremony site, headlands and Pacific Ocean bird's eye view shot from drone

Drone cinematography has revolutionized the way we capture videos, providing a unique perspective that was once impossible to achieve without very high-end, costly equipment such as helicopters. Cinematic drone shots can capture footage from high above, giving a bird’s-eye view of the wedding venue, which is perfect for capturing stunning aerial shots of outdoor weddings. Additionally, drones can fly above the venue, allowing for breathtaking panoramic shots that showcase the location and its surroundings. They can also capture unique side-angles that are not possible with traditional videography equipment, and they can create the illusion of depth and dimension with parallax shots.

Part 2: The Cinematic Nature of Drone Video

Wedding drone videography offers a cinematic look and feel that is hard to achieve with traditional videography equipment. Cinematic drone shots can add an extra layer of visual storytelling to your wedding video, making it a work of art that you will cherish for years to come. The sweeping panoramic views and smooth, soaring shots of drones can give a grandiose feel to your wedding video. Additionally,this aerial footage can be edited to create slow-motion shots, which are perfect for capturing those special moments in your wedding.

Part 3: Drone Video as a Beautiful, Graceful Segue

When it comes to wedding videography, incorporating drone cinematography can take your video to the next level. Drone footage can act as a beautiful, graceful segue between different parts of the story being told in your wedding day video. For example, it can provide a transition between your wedding ceremony and reception. Or it can be used to capture the venue in all its glory before introducing the bride and groom. An aerial footage can also provide a graceful and elegant way to showcase the wedding venue, which can help to set the scene and give context to the rest of the video.

Part 4: Unobtrusive Drone Videography by Mendocino Photo & Video

One potential downside to a drone wedding video is the noise that drones can produce, which can be disruptive and obnoxious. However, Mendocino Photo & Video prides itself on being unobtrusive with drones, ensuring that they capture the perfect shots without disturbing the wedding celebration or guests. With Mendocino Photo & Video, you can rest assured that the drone use will not disrupt the ambiance of your wedding.

Part 5: Importance of Proper Training, Insurance, and Licensing

When it comes to camera drones, safety is of utmost importance. As with any piece of equipment, drones can malfunction or be misused, which can lead to potential accidents or injuries. This is why it is essential to hire a professional drone video service with proper training, insurance, and licensing. Mendocino Photo & Video takes safety seriously and has undergone extensive training and certification to operate drones safely and legally. They are also fully insured, which provides additional peace of mind for couples.

Part 6: Incredible Drone Video for Outdoor Weddings

Drone wedding video is particularly suited for outdoor weddings, where the stunning scenery can be captured from above. Whether you’re getting married by the ocean, in a field, on a hilltop, or in a garden, drones can capture breathtaking aerial footage that truly captures the beauty of the surroundings. For winery weddings, drones can be used to capture the rolling hills and vineyards that make these venues so special.

Location, Location, Location!

When it comes to wedding drone videography, the location plays a significant role in making the video stunning and breathtaking. Here are some amazing places to capture stunning wedding drone footage:

  1. Beaches – Beaches provide a perfect backdrop for a wedding ceremony and reception, and drones can capture the beauty of the ocean and surrounding scenery. From the sand to the waves, to the sunsets, and everything in between, drone shots can capture the essence of the beach wedding.
  2. Vineyards – Vineyards provide an incredibly scenic location for weddings, with rows of grapevines creating a stunning backdrop. The aerial views of vineyards captured through drone videos are simply breathtaking.
  3. Gardens – Lush green gardens offer a stunning and peaceful backdrop for a wedding ceremony. The beauty of the flora and fauna can be captured in camera drones from unique angles, showcasing the natural beauty of the location.
  4. Historical Sites – Historical sites, like castles, old buildings, and barns, provide a unique and enchanting backdrop for a wedding. Drone videos can capture these sites from angles that are impossible to capture with traditional photography.
  5. Mountains – Mountain weddings offer a majestic backdrop that provides a dramatic and awe-inspiring setting for a wedding. The aerial footage captured through drone shots can capture the sweeping vistas and rugged terrain, providing a breathtaking view of the location.
  6. Cities – Cities offer a unique and vibrant backdrop for weddings. The drone footage can capture the city skyline and architecture from a unique perspective.


In conclusion, hiring a professional drone videographer for your wedding is a wise investment that can provide you with stunning, cinematic footage that you will cherish for a lifetime. The unique perspective provided by drones, along with their cinematic nature, make them the perfect tool for capturing the beauty of your wedding venue and surroundings. Additionally, drone footage can act as a graceful segue between different parts of your wedding day story being told in your video. While drones can be noisy and potentially dangerous, Mendocino Photo & Video is committed to providing unobtrusive, safe drone videography services for weddings. With their extensive training, licensing, and insurance, couples can have peace of mind knowing that their wedding drone videography is being handled by professionals.

Bride and groom walking along headlands near Pacific Ocean shot from drone

In summary, a professional drone videographer can add a unique and cinematic element to your wedding video that traditional videography cannot match. From the breathtaking aerial views to the graceful transitions between scenes, drone wedding video can capture your special day in a way that truly tells your story. It is important, however, to hire a professional with the proper training, licensing, and insurance to ensure safety and compliance with regulations.

At Mendocino Photo & Video, we specialize in providing professional drone videos for weddings, capturing the beauty of the California coast, redwoods, wine country and beyond. Our experienced drone operator knows how to capture stunning cinematic drone shots that will enhance your wedding video and bring it to the next level. We pride ourselves on being unobtrusive with our drones and making sure that your wedding day runs smoothly.

We understand how important your wedding day is, and we want to help you remember it for a lifetime. Contact us today to learn more about our drone services and how we can help you capture your special day in a truly unforgettable way.


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Nile Sprague
Proprietor & Cinematographer
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We offer specialty wedding and event film services in Northern California and globally.

Nile Sprague is the proprietor and primary cinematographer and director at Mendocino Photo & Video. With a lifelong career in documentary filmmaking and photojournalism working for non-profit organizations around the globe, Nile brings with him immense experience in working with families of different cultures and backgrounds. Nile’s passion to tell the organic stories in life led him to sharing with couples their most exceptional day: a wedding, marriage, or celebration of love. He has been showcasing the joy and candid nature of these occasions since 2008, presenting photographs and films that embody the beauty and wonder of lives coming together.

Learn more about Nile and Mendocino Photo & Video

Jill S – 11/08/2022

“I was blown away by how Nile was able to capture the beauty, spirit, joy, humor and FUN of my daughter’s wedding. Words hardly do his work justice — here is the link so you can see for yourself. On top of his artistry, he’s just a really cool, chill guy who brought a sense of calm and fun to his work (which rubbed off on the nervous bride and groom). It’s not possible to recommend someone more highly than I recommend Nile Sprague.”

– Jill S.

Robyn H 5/20/2023

One of the best vendors we booked for our wedding was Mendocino Photo and Video! We weren’t sure if we were going to have a videographer at our wedding, but now it is the most cherished item we have taken away from the day. Nile made us feel so comfortable and relaxed on our wedding day, and the footage he shot was unbelievable. My husband and I are so thrilled with the ceremony footage and interviews with our family and friends. We are eternally grateful for the hard work from Nile and his team. Thank you, Mendocino Photo and Video! You made our day one we will remember for years to come.

– Robyn H

Leah Y 6/24/2023

Nile was very professional and responsive—always willing to answer any questions and even meets with you before your wedding day to get to know you as a couple. He was very creative and “on-it” on the day of our wedding, capturing incredible content that I wasn’t even aware of! Our highlights video captured the day perfectly—I can’t stop watching it and reliving the moment!

– Leah Y

Chris M 6/23/2023 (Elisha and Jared)

I had the privilege to work alongside Mendocino Photo & Video as an officiant. Immediately, there was something unique and special about Nile’s approach. He managed to manage the shots ensuring his ability to capture the perfect moments while not disrupting the flow of the service and the natural interactions of the couple and guests. This created a level of authenticity that seems to be missing from most wedding videos with the high quality scenes you would expect from a professional videographer. The final product was an absolute masterpiece brimming with the artistry of story telling and accurately capturing the joy and excitement of the special day. I couldn’t Mendocino Photo & Video (MPV) more although they really should be considered the MVP for any wedding.

– Chris M

Evan A 10/07/2022

“Nile made our special day a fairy tale. He met with us prior to the wedding to get to know us, who we are as individuals and who we are as a couple. He did that so he could get a glimpse of what we would like and see our day through our eyes and I believe that is one of the reasons he did such a great job. He did a phenomenal job at our wedding and after. He is very professional but also kind and it shows through his work. I couldn’t have asked for a better photographer/videographer. I will be seeking him out for future photo/video ideas.”

– Evan A.

Erica A 10/07/2022

“Nile was really thorough and a joy to work with for our wedding in September. He met with us beforehand and went over every detail and gave his advice based on what we were considering. He then also arrived at our venue early to scout the best places and went above and beyond to help us with everything and prepare with us all the timeline and photo details beforehand. We also really appreciated how calm and unrushed everything felt while getting our photos done, he made it a really enjoyable and stress-free experience. The pictures came out beautifully – our venue was heavily shaded in the redwoods forest so not necessarily the easiest to capture, but he did so great! We are so happy we had him document our wedding and capture a piece of our magical day.”

– Erica A.

Vanessa D. & Kristina O. 7/27/2022

“We are positively over the moon for this incredible video. We both just cried non-stop watching it. You captured everything so beautifully. The speech tie-ins are so moving. Thank you for this incredible work and we can’t wait to see more. You are a very special person and have a very special talent. We are so lucky to have found you! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!”

– Vanessa D.

“Laughter, tears, joy. Thank you, thank you, thank you. That was hours ago. I’ve now watched it two times in a row. So happy. So grateful to be connected back to that day through words, images, your art.”

– Kristina O.

Emily S 11/15/2022

“Nile Sprague the videographer and photographer is absolutely amazing down to every detail. He listens to make note of what your wanting for your desired wedding. He is kind and his work left me and my husband speechless. Would pick him over and over again! ❤️❤️❤️”

– Emily S.

Breanna 5/6/2023

Nile knows what he is doing behind the camera! He genuinely cares, he creates special moments in his videos with special messages and captures all the meaningful moments. He is a great communicator. I can’t recommend him enough!!!

– Breanna B

Kimberley S 8/13/2023

From our very first call, Nile was keenly interested in our vision and started figuring out how to make it come alive. He communicated clearly and consistently with us throughout the process, demonstrated his breadth of experience, answered our many questions, and was generous, flexible, and good-humored.

When reviewing other videographers, we watched example wedding videos that felt rather strung together and less connected. We chose Mendocino Photo & Video as our wedding videographer because their portfolio displays well-crafted videos that have more of a narrative.

We’re very happy with our decision and we love the videos that Nile and his team produced. His skill with piloting drones is also quite impressive. We highly recommend Mendocino Photo & Video.

– Kimberley S