Creating a Missoula Wedding Video

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In early July of 2016 Bonafide Film House was lucky enough to be invited to film Lyle Wiemokly’s beautiful wedding at the gorgeous Stone Tower Estate near Missoula Montana. Lyla found us through Twitter earlier that year. She had spent some time communicating with us, making sure we were the right choice to film her Missoula wedding. She expressed that she wanted a Missoula wedding videographer that would create a cinematic wedding video for her but also document the day with unobtrusive professional coverage. After speaking with her fiancé and also speaking with a few other Missoula Brides she decided we were the right choice for her wedding.

She expressed that she wanted a Missoula wedding videographer that would create a cinematic wedding video for her but also document the day with unobtrusive professional coverage.

One the wedding day arrived, Bonafide Film House got to Missoula very early to catch Lyla getting her hair done at a local hairdresser. After spending a bit of time there and catching the hairdressers doing their magic and the bride with her bridesmaids enjoy some champagne, our crew of Missoula wedding videographers headed to the venue: Stone Tower Estate.
Once we arrived, we started capturing time-lapses and aerial videography from the gorgeous venue. These shots are essential to keep the Missoula wedding video interesting. Once the time-lapses were established the crew started choreographing the ceremony, we got together with the wonderful photographers and planned how we would shoot the ceremony and not get in each others shots while we did it. Once this was all organized, the Missoula wedding videographers set up the audio equipment, put the lapel mic on the groom and got ready for the ceremony.
From here on out the rest of the day was a breeze. The beautiful ceremony was quite a fun one to film, there were tears and laughter in the same sentence, a gorgeous Montana breeze and more emotion than the guests were prepared for. At the end there were even fireworks, that one hasn’t happened since.

there were tears and laughter in the same sentence, a gorgeous Montana breeze and more emotion than the guests were prepared for

The team of Missoula videographers covered the rest of the day flawlessly, creating a very beautiful video in the end, that the bride and all of her friends absolutely loved.

If you are interested in hiring a Missoula wedding videographer for your special day, please check out our Montana Wedding page and get in contact with us.


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By Justin Kietzman

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Director and Editor at Bonafide Film House

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.