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!


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.