Creating The Perfect Montana Wedding Video

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If one thing has changed since the days of shooting on film, there is no mystery. Now you can look in the viewfinder of your Sony mirrorless camera and see the shot you just took, reliving it over and over, reviewing it instantly. Noticing the errors, the smallest flaws, a missed focus pull, and slight underexposure; letting you instantly see any problem and letting you fix it right away. If there is one thing I can say about Colton and Freya’s amazing wedding at Sky Ride Ranch near Missoula Montana, we never had to review a shot, there wasn’t one mistake made, everything went perfectly.
It was Bonafide Film Houses last wedding of 2016. We were exhausted and relieved, but excited to be seeing some old faces. The first Montana wedding video we ever created was with Carrie Anne Photography; she is a wonderful woman, who takes wonderful pictures, with a wonderful assistant. She was the photographer at Freya’s wedding and we were ecstatic. We were also excited to be creating a Montana wedding video at a venue we knew well, Sky Ridge Ranch is located near Ronan Montana, located in the foothills of the beautiful mountains, it is the wedding venue girls dream of. We were at a comfortable venue with people we were comfortable with.

We were also excited to be creating a Montana wedding video at a venue we knew well

Having lodged in Missoula the night before the Bonafide Film House Montana wedding video crew was well rested and ready to get to work. Arriving early, Anthony Cohen was dropped off at the house Freya was staying at and Justin Kietzman headed to the venue to get started on the time-lapses and aerial videography. From here on out the day was a beautiful breeze.
The first look was a Montana wedding videographers dream. Taking place in a aspen grove with beautiful mountains in the background, a series of beautiful wide shots were taken as Freya walked up to Colton. He was blown away by his beautiful Montana bride, standing in the middle of beautiful golden trees, the two of them posed beautifully for one of the nicest first looks I have ever seen. Staging in the lovely lake at Sky Ride Ranch, Justin lined up some very lovely aerial shots, that worked out great in the final piece.

The first look was a Montana wedding videographers dream.

After the first look was over, they headed to the field closer to the mountains and took beautiful group photos with the snow capped range in the background. Having the bridesmaids and groomsmen join them, they posed for some very fun and lively group pictures.
From here on out the day was a breeze, the ceremony was gorgeous, with extremely touching vows from Freya. Heart felt speeches from the family and a lovely fire out back in the pit closed off a wonderful day with a relaxing evening. This is a wedding that we will not soon forget and neither will Colton and Freya.

If you are interested in having a one of a kind wedding film created for your wedding, please check out our wedding page and get in touch!


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By Justin Kietzman

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Director and Editor at Bonafide Film House

 

 

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

Creating A Big Sky Wedding Video

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In early August we were lucky enough to be invited to create Mandy and Corey a beautiful Big Sky Wedding Video at Rainbow Ranch near Big Sky Ski resort here in gorgeous Montana. Mandy had found us through Facebook and was very excited to find a Big Sky Wedding Videographer that was willing to work with her and be flexible while they planned her gorgeous Big Sky wedding. After speaking for hours on the phone and going over every last detail of their Big Sky Wedding, Mandy decided that Bonafide Film House was be the best choice as a videographer for her Montana wedding. Her wedding was to be held at Rainbow Ranch just down the road from Big Sky ski resort. Most of her family would be traveling in from North Dakota, so in essence she had planned a beautiful  destination wedding right here in Montana!

Mandy had found us through Facebook and was very excited to find a Big Sky Videographer that was willing to work with her

A couple of days before her wedding Anthony Cohen scheduled a meeting with Mandy, something we like to do with all of our clients getting married in Montana, allowing her to become very comfortable with the videography crew. They were very excited to finally meet and had a lovely cup of coffee in downtown Big Sky while we discussed how excited she was for the big wedding day.

Anthony Cohen of Bonafide Film House filming a Big Sky Wedding Video next to the Gallatin River

When the big day arrived for her Big Sky Wedding, the Bonafide videographers were there bright and early. Upon arrival they went and introduced themselves. Anthony immediately started filming the hair and makeup, while Justin Kietzman started recording time lapses of the beautiful venue, Rainbow Ranch. Located right on the shore of the Gallatin River in beautiful Big Sky Montana, they couldn’t have asked for a prettier place to get married. As the day progressed, the wedding photographer and big sky videographer worked together very fluidly to create some beautiful images for Mandy.
As the ceremony approached, Justin Kietzman hid audio capture equipment in and around the arbor, making sure to not miss a thing, even with the roaring Gallatin River right behind the arbor. During the ceremony, the big sky wedding videographers gently moved around the crowd, making sure to not miss a single moment of the beautiful bonding that was happening on the side of the Gallatin River, having previously choreographed with the photographers made this part very easy.

The big sky videographers made sure to not miss a moment and Justin Kietzman jumped right in the river with the photographers.

A couple of hours after the ceremony, the bride and groom had decided to get in the river with their entire bridal party for their magic hour photo shoot. The big sky videographers made sure to not miss a moment and Justin Kietzman jumped right in the river with the photographers. All in all it was one of the most fun weddings that Bonafide Film House had in 2016 and we will never forget Mandy and Corey!

Justin Kietzman filming Mandy Edwards at Rainbow Ranch

If you are looking to hire a Big Sky Wedding Videographer to create you a gorgeous wedding film, please don’t hesitate in taking a look at our wedding video page and getting in contact with us!

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.

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