Till Drones Do Their Celebrity Wedding Part

For A-list event planners guarding against privacy breaches, drones are right up there with smartphones.

ShutterstockAnistonTherouxVF2015Call it a “secret” wedding; call it a Hollywood status symbol; call it a media miracle. Whatever term you choose, the ability of Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux to walk down the aisle ahead of the celebrity gossip mill was a major feat.

The pair’s stealth wedding is even more impressive once this weekend’s New York Times Styles article about the general subject by Alex Williams is consumed. The reporter spoke to a number of A-list event experts, including JoAnn Gregoli, owner of New York’s Elegant Occasions:

“Really only in the last year, these [celebrity] magazines are buying drones. They are able to launch them, hover them low. You could drop a drone outfitted with video cameras into a property almost undetected.”

“At one event I did recently in the Hamptons, one came in over the water. There is no way we could have stopped it. They are a lot more annoying than helicopters ever were. Before, with a helicopter, you had a TV crew on board, and you’d have to wait for the show to air. Now with drones, they can put it on YouTube, on Periscope, on Twitter, almost in real time. To the world of celebrities, that is horrible. What do you do: Shoot them down?”

Gregoli asked that question in jest, but truly, it seems only a matter of time before we will all be reading about a member of a celebrity event security detail in hot water for shooting down such an invading drone. Williams also spoke for the piece to Marcy Blum (Marcy Blum and Associates) and Andrea Correale (Elegant Affairs Caterers). Read the rest here.
[Photo of Aniston and Theroux at the 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party: Helga Esteb/Shutterstock.com]