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Capital City Bridal Expo — A bride’s best friend

Over the weekend, we had the opportunity to join dozens of other wedding professionals for the Capital City Bridal Expo 2019. Held at the Helena Civic Center, the expo welcomed brides and grooms, as well as family and friends, from all across Montana, giving them a firsthand look at how everything from wedding planning to venues, photographers and videographers to caterers, to DJs, florists, salons, lodging, bakeries and bridal shops help play a part in making their wedding day complete.

I served as the emcee, while Fallon held the fort down at our videography booth. Hundreds attended the event, watching as models displayed the latest wedding fashions courtesy of Linda’s Bridal.

I was also able to capture some video from the event, as seen above, to show how great each vendor was at meeting the needs of the brides and grooms in attendance.

To check out the Capital City Bridal Expo website, please click here. There you’ll find the vendors that were in attendance!

Glacier National Park — Iceberg Lake (Sony A6300 + 18-105mm f/4)

“Wander here a whole summer, if you can.”

If only, John Muir. If only.

Muir, known as the “Father of the National Parks,” knew there was something special about the pristine forest and majestic mountains that made up what is now Glacier National Park, the Crown of the Continent. Its beauty is unmatched, its scenery incomparable and its exploration opportunities immeasurable.

A recent late August adventure took us to Many Glacier, our destination the Iceberg Lake/Ptarmigan Tunnel trailhead. Impressive views of the grand mountains greet the beginning of the hike, though these views frequently disappear as one enters the dense forest of pines, which also happen to obstruct the Ptarmigan Falls.

Though rated in the upper echelon of difficulty by many, the Iceberg Lake portion of the hike is relatively straightforward, though a few steeper sections exist. The risk is worth the reward, though, when one turns the corner to the final stretch of trail above Iceberg Lake. Picture-takers, picnic-goers and even a few brave (foolhardy?) swimmers are the sights to be seen atop this trail.

Dare I say, it seems the perfect place for an adventurous wedding? Pack the dress, tuxes and formal wear — we’ll all change at the top.

For those interested in the videography and equipment, only five pieces of gear made the hike: a Sony A6300 mirrorless camera, rocking a Sony 18-105mm f/4 power zoom lens with a Tiffen variable ND filter. Atop the camera sat a Rode Videomic microphone, while the camera was perched on a Joby Gorillapod 3K.

It seemed the perfect hiking companion, particularly on a near-10-mile adventure — lightweight, durable and more than capable of the job. I did bring a gimbal — the Zhiyun-Tech Crane-2 — but ultimately decided the extra weight wasn’t worth the effort, though it certainly would have brought a stabilization unparalleled to my handheld rig.

Alissa and Paul — summertime love

“If a June night could talk, it would probably boast it invented romance.”

There’s no denying June 29, 2019 wouldn’t be bragging about love. This magical day saw Alissa and Paul stand in front of their closest family members, showcasing their tenderness and devotion to one another.

There is something special about an intimate setting reserved for family only, those closest relatives that know you better than anyone. That was the guest list for Alissa and Paul on her family farm. Lush wheat fields waved as the backdrop, dancing in the sun. The custom altar, drifting dust on the nearby gravel road, everything combined for perfection — a story of summertime love.

When the intimate, family wedding concluded, it became a community celebration and party, hundreds gathering to congratulate the bride and groom.

Ok June, brag away.

Felicity and Ibrahim — a love story

What do arching bridges, cedar gazebos, charming ponds, romantic row boat and a luxurious fountain have in common? They’re all part of the beauty that is Cedar Springs in Port Orchard, Washington. That’s where we find the latest chapter in the romance novel of Felicity and Ibrahim.

Acquaintances during school, where Ibrahim was a foreign-exchange student, their love story began years later when Ibrahim returned to Washington. Literally the girl he dreamt about, Felicity quickly captured Ibrahim’s attention and affection, and their love for Christ brought them together.

Call it divine intervention, an act of God, or simply a true love story, Felicity and Ibrahim were meant for one another.

This is their love story.

Jackie and Ken — finding love

Life’s full of twists and turns, but sometimes those roads lead right to the unexpected. That was certainly the case for Jackie and Ken.

Their journeys led them to one another’s arms, bringing family and friends to a beautiful location in Florida’s Flagler County: Princess Place Preserve. Lined with rows of palm trees and aged oaks, this southern landmark was indeed fit for a princess. As the sun poked through the vines of the oak, Jackie and Ken shared their love, said their vows and embarked down a new road full of happiness and devotion.

Katlyn and Jade — autumn affection

Few things are more intimate than a wedding by the family farm/ranch.

That’s where Katlyn and Jade held their nuptials in the fall. In front of family and friends in the Bears Paw Mountains, the Nystroms began their new life together.

From the cowboy hats and boots to the rustic altar and perfect colors of the setting sun, this fall wedding was perfection.

"Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson was clearly onto something.

The great poet and philosopher knew accomplishments were rarely possible without a strong enjoyment and dedication to achieving those accomplishments.

With that in mind, I’m excited, filled with enthusiasm, you might say, to introduce Richie Melby Media.

What is Richie Melby Media? It stems from an idea of putting creative talents to work in different ways, allowing creative freedoms and endless possibilities. It expands imagination, forces ingenuity and establishes inspiration.

For more than a decade I have spent my work days with a camera on my shoulder, telling stories through video and interviews. Thanks to the teachings and suggestions of numerous colleagues, which still continues to this day, I have opened my creativity in sharing these stories.

Richie Melby Media allows me to expand that, focusing primarily on weddings, though other projects will also arise. What story allows more creativity, imagination and emotion than the most special day of a couple’s life than their wedding? The options are infinite, the opportunities limitless and the sky is truly the limit.

Armed with fancy Sony cameras capable of 4K video, cinematic footage and fantastic visuals, professional audio equipment and toys like drones, GoPros and more, Richie Melby Media will set out to capture the most important moments of the wedding day to create video memories that will last a lifetime.

For information about availability, pricing and package options, please feel free to reach out! There’s a contact form on the home page of www.richiemelby.com, an email can be sent to richiemelbymedia@gmail.com, plus we’re just a phone call away at (406) 750-6257.

I also encourage you to follow along via social media at the following links for Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. There you’ll be able to see some of our latest samples and teasers, as well as keeping up on the blog. Please “like” the Facebook page, “follow” us on Instagram and “subscribe” to our YouTube channel.

The adventure is already underway and we’re ready to achieve cinematic greatness. You pick the date, we’ll bring the enthusiasm!

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