Two Days at Sky Ridge Ranch: Creating Kristie and Jordan Browns Wedding Video

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Two Days at Sky Ridge Ranch: Creating Kristie and Jordan Browns Wedding Video

A long time ago, on April 2nd 2016, the Bonafide Film House crew sat in Wild Joe’s Coffee in downtown Bozeman Montana and met Kristie Smith and Jordan Brown. In the small private back room of this popular coffee shop, the group of us sat and excitedly discussed how we were going to produce her wedding video at the beautiful Sky Ridge Ranch near Ronan Montana later that year. As Anthony took notes in his moleskin, the plan for the wedding days started to come together. For a fly on the wall it would have been difficult to differentiate these five people meeting enthusiastically to plan a Montana wedding video from a group of old friends discussing a screenplay for a love story.

We really enjoyed that day, after the meeting we headed towards the Bridger Mountains, stopping at the small park near Drinking Horse Mountain to film their engagement video. With the gorgeous spring weather, blue skies and green grass, we were able to film a short piece for them that we knew would turn out great. They discussed how they met, what bonds them together and how excited they were about their marriage. After a lovely day, we parted ways, knowing that we would be seeing each other again very soon, to film their wedding day.

84 days later we were lucky enough to be watching her walk down the aisle. All of their lovely family had traveled out from across the country and they had many guests that had traveled the world to arrive at this beautiful wedding.

84 days later we were lucky enough to be watching her walk down the aisle.

Sky Ridge Ranch is a extremely beautiful wedding venue, just south of Flathead Lake, nestled in a gorgeous valley. We chose to take as much advantage of this as we could for Kristie’s wedding video, so we put the drone up multiple times over the course of the two days we were there filming. Knowing how the sensor prefers light on the drone, Justin decided to perform some low altitude aerial maneuvers during more hard light, closer to the water, during afternoon sun. Typically not the best time for filming, causing harsher shadows and brighter highlights, but this time it worked out well. As the editor of Bonafide Film House’s wedding videos, Justin also wanted to get a grand closing shot. So after putting in the last battery for the DJI quadcopter, he decided to take a risky move and remove the filter from the front of the drones camera, hoping it would give some nice lens flares as the drone flew over the venue at sunset. As he sat on top of a dirt mound from a couple of miles away, he saw through the remote that the shot had indeed worked out and was worth all of the risk in the end.

The Bonafide Film House crew had a absolute blast filming this wedding video for Jordan & Kristie and we wish them the very best in life.

Vendors we were lucky enough to work with on this project:

Venue: Sky Ridge Ranch

Photographer: Cluney Photo

Florist: Habitat Floral Studio

Bakery: Black Cat Bake Shop

If you would like Bonafide Film House to create you a gorgeous wedding video, please take a look at our wedding film page.

Creating A Montana Wedding Video: Andy & Megan Young at Holland Lake Lodge

Creating A Montana Wedding Video: Andy & Megan Young at Holland Lake Lodge

As a Montana wedding videographer you never know what kind of weather you’re going to experience, snow storms in July, hurricane strength winds and 50 degree temperature weather changes in less than ten minutes are not unheard of.

That being said the threat of rain couldn’t dampen the spirits of Andy and Megan on their wedding day. They both made it very clear that no matter what the weather did they were getting married. Lucky for them the weather cooperated and we were able to capture the beauty of this stunning couple on their special day. From start to finish we were constantly impressed by this couple and their loved ones. The intimate family-like vibe lended itself to capturing some amazing moments from the bride and groom sailing off in their own just married canoe to the touching and hilarious congratulations on there video booth this is one wedding we will not soon forget.

We instantly knew the day would be a good one

Arriving early at Holland Lake Lodge just south of Kalispell near Flathead lake, we were excited to be greeted by Carrie-Ann Doyle, maybe the most renowned wedding photographer in Montana. Having seen her work many times before, we instantly knew the day would be a good one. She told us that she had worked with a few Montana wedding videographer’s before, but few had set out to achieve the cinematic wedding video style that we produce, so she was excited to see our work.

One of our favorite ways to work as wedding videographers is to film at a similar focal length to the wedding photographer. This produces better results all around for the client. We can compose beautiful scenes, working with the photographer, bouncing ideas around and having a seamless working environment with the bride and groom. This was very true for Megan & Andy’s wedding.

While Justin was setting up establishing time-lapses and capturing aerial video of Holland Lake and Holland Lake Lodge using the drone, Anthony was working with Carrie-Ann, filming the bride getting ready all morning. As the day progressed on, the teams worked together to choreograph how the ceremony would be filmed.

At a moments notice about an hour before the ceremony was supposed to happen, the wedding planner from Holland Lake Lodge announced the ceremony was happening immediately, due to the weather clearing and the rain stopping. Luckily the Bonafide Film House wedding video crew had planned for this, by having cameras planted and lav mic’s on the groom ahead of time.

The rest of the day was a breeze

After a beautiful ceremony, the weather completely cleared up and the rest of the day was a breeze. The guests got to unwind and the bride and groom had a beautiful wedding.

Later that week, the Bonafide Film House wedding video crew edited together a gorgeous organic wedding video, that received wide complements abound. We had a absolute blast making Megan & Andy’s beautiful wedding video and we hope they have wonderful lives together.

If you are interested in having Bonafide Film House create a gorgeous wedding video for you, please feel free to take a look at our wedding packages on our Montana Wedding Videography page.

We were lucky enough to work with these amazing vendors:

Carrie Ann Photography

Holland Lake Lodge 

Riverhaus Productions