WHITEFISH WEDDING VIDEO
We always get excited when we are invited to make our wedding videos in Whitefish Montana. The area is stunning with beautiful lakes, thick green forests, and its proximity to Glacier National Park. So when Erin and Brandon called us asking to make them a wedding video at the Lodge at Whitefish Lake we jumped at the chance.
Erin and Brandon planned their special day to the last detail and not was a joy to capture it on video. Based in Bozeman the Bonafide Film House wedding videography team drove up the night before and stayed locally to ensure that there was no hiccups on the drive over and that we could arrive early to capture bridal preparations and the ceremony and reception set up. Being the first time we had worked at the Lodge at Whitefish Lake we showed up early to scout out the venue and introduce ourselves to the other vendor staff.
Once we were comfortable with the venue and had said hello to Erin our team split into two with one of us focusing on capturing Erin getting her makeup and hair done and the other focusing on Brandon getting ready while capturing roll and cutaway of the stunning Whitefish Lake.
We had the joy of working closely with Jeremiah and Rachel from Jeremiah and Rachel photography they are a very talented team of photographers based in Whitefish Montana. We were able to work together to maximize our time with the bride and groom while still allowing Erin and Brandon plenty of time to enjoy their wedding and guests.
Once preparations where finished Erin put on a stunning wedding dress that looked like it was made just for her and everyone moved on to the site where we had planned to do the first look. The Lodge at Whitefish Lake is a stunning venue and our previous scouting had revealed a beautiful intimate spot next to a walking trail in the back of the hotel. This is where the first look was held and both Brandon and Erin were blown away by each other and where so excited to be getting married. After the first look, the photography team and one of our shooters went with the couple to film and photograph family portraits and bridal party shots while the other went to get more b-roll of the venue and shots of the reception are being set up meticulously by the team at The Lodge at Whitefish Lake.
We find when we are crafting wedding videos it is important to have a lot of solid cutaway of not only the vast beauty of Montana and the one of a kind venues we have here but the little details our brides spend so much time working on during the planning process. When we have a lot of good shots to couple with personal moments we get from the bride and groom as well as their friends and family we know we are going to end up with a spectacular video.
As the day progressed it was time to film the ceremony. When we film a ceremony we always plan each camera location very carefully making sure not to obstruct any guests views while maximizing our angles to make sure we end up with a clean ceremony video from start to finish. One thing that is often overlooked but our Wedding videography team focuses on specifically is Audio. We make sure to have multiple redundant sources of audio capture to ensure we have capture every vow, statement, and speech. The ceremony is usually when weddings have the most emotion everything is finally coming together and these two special people are becoming one while surrounded by the love of their friends and family. That day on the Shores of Whitefish lake it was no different. As Erin walked down the aisle you could see Brandon’s breath being taken away. Every ceremony is a little different with special flair added by each couple, in this case, they decided to plant a tree together to represent the growing of their life together and the start of their new family. As the couple walked down the aisle hand and hand it was obvious the two are meant to be together and by the sounds of cheering that accompanied them, it seemed their friends and family could not agree more.
One special thing about weddings at the Lodge at Whitefish Lake is the post-ceremony boat ride. The bride and groom get to take a 30 minute boat ride across Whitefish Lake and they can go alone or take their wedding party. One of our shooters got to tag along on this boat ride to capture the fun and intimate moments the couple had on the boat while celebrating with their bridal party. The other shooter broke out the drone to get stunning aerial shots of the boat sailing across Whitefish Lake.
As the evening began so did the party. Everyone ate fantastic food prepared by the Lodge at Whitefish Lake staff and amazing cake prepared by one of Brandon’s family members. Once the Dancing started everyone was glued to the dance floor. We made sure to steal the couple away for a few minutes to get some stunning shots of the sun setting over Whitefish Lake.
If you are interested in hiring a Montana wedding videographer for your special day, please check out our Montana Wedding page and get in contact with us.
By Anthony Cohen
Director of Photography at Bonafide Film House