Nina and Steve decided to tie the knot in the grounds of Steve’s family home, just outside of Newmarket, the idea being they wanted to keep the day as relaxed and homely as possible with just their closest friends and family.
The day was certainly that. “We wanted the blessing to be held at Steve’s family home, in the garden. We wanted it to be somewhere peaceful, that mattered, and we always envisioned a relaxed country garden party.”
Nina chose Renee Leung for her dress, and Steve went with a classical Paul Smith cut. The Bridesmaids found their little numbers from a shop called Orange Blossom.
Photographing the day was two time collaborator and good friend Kate Hopewell-Smith “She just got what we liked and wanted, and was so great throughout the whole process. We highly recommend her.” As do I.
On the film itself; “We didn’t like the look and feel of the standard ‘wedding video’, and wanted to capture the real emotion of the day which we felt Super 8mm managed perfectly. It was so exciting watching it back, we absolutely loved it. Thank you so much.”
Song used ‘And When We Awoke’ by Doug Burr
It has been a summer of London Weddings! Which suits me just fine! London is my city, and in my eyes it belongs on film! Especially my local stomping ground of Shoreditch; where Keely and Joe tied the knot this year! “We are both born and bred Londoners so a London wedding was a must. We love the bohemian but urban feel of Shoreditch and thought it would be a great contrast for the village fete tea party wedding we had in mind!”
Their village fete tea soiree ended up in a back street, thanks to Shoreditch Studios, who provided the after party headquarters! First off, Keely did an incredible job designing the look… there was SO much detail it was hard to take it all in, designed with one thing in mind; Fun Fun Fun! It felt like a relaxed East London village fete meets the Mad Hatter’s tea party!
Keely wore Paloma Blanca from Mirror Mirror and Stella McCartney Shoes, her troupe of bridesmaids in matching ASOS dresses and Joe went with Hugo Boss!
Photographer for the day was Ellie Gillard. “We loved Ellie’s photographs as soon as we saw some on a blog. We loved her use of more natural shots and focus on the small details and emotions of the day, which really suited the relaxed style we were hoping for”.
And on the film itself: “It is a beautiful keepsake for a beautiful day. We were blown away at how perfectly the film captures the emotion and love that we felt. We can’t stop watching it and are so delighted that we could have you at our wedding to capture it with your magical super 8!”
Song used ‘Be With Me’ by 6 Day Riot
Sunbeam Studios! What an incredible place! A huge photographic studio that rents itself out as the perfect blank canvas for your big ideas (if you see your Wedding day as something you want to create from scratch). “It’s got that all important wow factor, what with its high ceilings and great expanse of light, while also not being overly formal or traditional. We also loved having the opportunity to hire three different spaces, and punctuate the day by moving between them.”
I first met Natasha and Jon at our local pub (being from the same area of Hackney), and we hit it off from the start… their excitement for their big day and love for one another was contagious and I couldn’t wait to be a part of it and see all the hard work pay off! The decoration was a perfect fit for Sunbeam Studios, the right balance of vintage and modern, and Natasha rocked it in her stunning Jenny Packham dress! Her maids were in Maids2measure gowns and Jon went with good old Alexander McQueen!
They chose Lucy Tanner to photograph the Wedding, and we had such fun together.
All in all the day was a complete success… I loved the three room layout, keeping it to one location ensures your guests can relax enjoy the day and the attention to detail proved that quality always reigns over quantity… here’s to a wonderful wedding and a beautiful future for Natasha & Jon!
“It’s beautiful! We have watched it over and over, and each time we catch some new little detail that moves us. Not only does the film have the lovely vintage quality that we had specifically sought out, Mark managed to capture some truly special intimate moments, both between us as a couple, and also between our wonderful friends and family. It’s a perfect bitesize piece of vintage celluloid by which we can remember our big day and we will cherish it always.” -Natasha
Song used ‘Higher Love’ by James Vincent McMorrow
So almost a year ago Aimee here wrote me a gushing email inviting me to film her Wedding day, and after much budget revising she just couldn’t afford it and very sadly declined… a week later her fiance Peter got in contact and after hearing how down she was about it secretly booked me… cut to many months later as their big day looms, Peter takes Aimee for a day out in Soho, and around 3pm they stop in on the Soho Hotel for a drink in the bar… where I am sitting at the table beside them quietly reading my book. Peter casually mentions the idea of the film she wanted… and then introduces me! Wonderful idea Peter, it was such a joy to be part of your little surprise and to see Aimee so shocked/speechless/happy! And here’s to your upcoming Wedding. Big love!
“I have been a ‘fan’ of Mark’s work for ages and followed his latest films / travel exploits (not quite a stalker, but walking close to the line). Pete and Mark have been in chaoots for quite a while – Pete making up excuses for me to drop the idea of a wedding film! – which I found totally gutting but I learned to accept it. I was therefore totally dumb struck, totally surprised and very humbled by what an amazing husband to be I have who has supported & loved me through all of life’s challenges! Securing Mark to cover our day was the icing on the proverbial cake… Truly, truly blessed. I will stop gushing now… still a little on cloud 9!!” -Aimee
Sarah and Jamie’s Wedding marks my first Spiritual Wedding ceremony… and what an absolute joy it was! I can honestly say I loved every second of it… they wrote it themselves and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house (or in the courtyard to be exact). With such a tranquil setting and a personal celebration of their love, I can see why a Spiritual ceremony is becoming more and more popular. “Nature is our church so we always wanted an outdoor ceremony that we could devise ourselves. We’re not traditional church goers and have alternative beliefs so we wanted to reflect that in the the style and wording of the ceremony. With the help of an interfaith minister, The Universe, energies, destiny and positivity could effortlessly be woven in without leaning towards a particular religion. We wanted to share this intimate part of ourselves with our nearest and dearest on our special day… We were free to create our own day and make it personal and unique to us.”
Sarah’s dress was a beautiful Yolan Cris number from London Bride Couture, her bridemaids dresses were from Cos and Jamie went with a classic Reiss suit.
Photographing the occasion was my new buddy Naomi Kenton, who did such an incredible job… we got on so well, and it makes such a difference when the photographer and filmmaker work well together.
“The film is exactly what we’d hoped for. Beautiful, full of warmth and fun. The relaxed style really complimented what we hoped to achieve throughout the day – it’s truly something we’ll look at for years to come with utter delight, fondness and gratitude” -Sarah
Song used “Lay Lady Lay” by Bob Dylan
From Tuscany with love, as always. I adore shooting in this little part of the world; the light, the music, the food, the hospitality, the rolling countryside and smell of basil in the air! The perfect setting for your most special day… and on the 29th of June Katy and Damian celebrated their love for one another, at the beautiful Dimora Buonriposo. “I came across Dimora Buonriposo through enquiring about another venue. We flew to Italy to meet our planner & had around 8 venues to look at over two days, Dimora was the first we viewed & we instantly fell in love with it! The views were captivating and we cancelled all our other appointments! Also as soon as we walked in Ella Fitzgerald was playing on the stereo, she was my late step fathers favorite & I saw this as a sign!”
It was a really stunning day, and I loved their choice of venue (tailored to perfection by Sposiamovi planning Co.), also Katy picked a perfect Suzanne Neville dress and Manolo Blahnik shoes. The Bridesmaids were in All In One Clothing, and Damian donned a super cool Marc Wallace suit (with quite possibly the best jacket lining I have ever seen), Paul Smith shoes and a pair of brand spanking new Clubmaster Ray Ban’s.
Photography was by the world renowned and fellow film enthusiast Richard Payne. “Richard Payne was originally a fashion photographer but moved over to weddings. We didn’t want the traditional posed sets & we loved Richard’s sense of fun. We also loved that he was the only photographer in the UK to use old school film, this gave our black & white shots so much more soul & depth.”
What a joy it was to be there with Katy and Damian, they were such a wonderful couple, with wonderful friends and family… here is to a lifetime of love! “The film perfectly captures the romance and love of the day. We received the short version on the first night of our honeymoon which was perfect timing… we must have watched it 10 times! Seeing the highlights of our wedding day captured on classic Super 8mm film really is the most perfect way to remember the happiest of occasions. We will cherish the Film forever.” – Katy
Song used “To Connect” by Floating Action
Now and again you come across certain locations that you cannot say no to, and Preston Court is definitely one of them! I have had the pleasure of filming four Wedding’s here and it just keeps getting better and better… and the Wedding of Hannah and Chris was no exception. “Preston Court was made for our dream wedding, we couldn’t believe how perfect all the details were for us to create our big party. The venue had a laid back vintage feel with a touch of magic, the beautiful organ in the main barn and outdoor service sold it for us.”
Hannah looked incredible in her Pronovias dress! And her Bridesmaids all looked stunning in Dessy dresses.
The very talented Lucy Birkhead did the photographs, which you can see here.
“Our expectations of your Films were very high after falling in love with your style and you defiantly lived up to them. On the day you made us feel so relaxed and your style/ideas also allowed us to get some great photo’s. Our friends are already admiring your work and asking for your details. Thank you so much for capturing our perfect day in the perfect way xx” – Hannah
Song used ‘Waterfall’ by Daniel Rossen
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Shoreditch Town Hall has to be one of my favourite locations to shoot in, it’s light and airy, simple, the staff are friendly and they are happy for you to transform the room to fit whatever style you have… who could ask for more! “Our wedding would not have come together without the help of our friends and family. All of their efforts helped personalise our day, we were delighted they could be involved and we will be eternally grateful!”
What a treat it was to celebrate with Eleanor and David… they are two of the most delightful characters to be around. Nothing but smiles and laughter the entire day!! Eleanor went with a gorgeous Elizabeth Fillmore dress and Christian Louboutin shoes. David had a bespoke suit from Beggars Run.
And this is where it starts to get really cute; the Bridemaids dresses were made from scratch by Eleanor’s mother using vintage patterns! “The rings were made by our good friend and usher, Douglas Blair. David’s musical background provided the inspiration for the wedding bands. I walked down the aisle to Tiny Dancer by Elton John and have the lyric ‘you’ll marry a music man’ inscribed on the inside of my wedding ring.” And just in case you are as impressed as me, the Bridesmaid earrings are from Tatty Devine.
And if that wasn’t enough… they also had Emma Case there to photograph the day. Emma needs no introduction, she is one of the best in the country and this marks our second Wedding shoot together. You can see her awesome pics of the day here.
“Maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaark – we bloody love it! When we were planning our day, we hadn’t budgeted for a wedding Film and we are so, so pleased that we did a complete u-turn and that you were there to capture our day. We are both absolutely delighted with our film – it is AWESOME! It is such an amazing thing to have and it will be fabulous to look back on in years to come. You made everything so easy on the day and we were so glad you were part of our wedding celebrations. Our friend just gave it the biggest compliment when she said ‘it looks so real’. Thank you so, so much, it is everything we hoped for and more xxx” – El & David
Song used ‘I Sing I Swim’ by Seabear
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It’s been a good two years since my last shoot at Preston Court, and I was delighted to be a part of Anne and Tom’s special day! Preston is a pretty magical place, what with the steam fairground rides, decoration, not to mention the little island you get to marry on… and the house itself is right out of a Jane Austin story! “We found Preston Court online and loved the atmosphere that came across in the photos. We looked around it one VERY cold January Sunday, I had a chest infection and felt shocking but knew that Preston was where we would get married. The setting is stunning, we had the freedom to spend the day exactly as we wanted and an island ceremony would have been enough but the carousel on top of all that? Perfection!!!!!”
Anne went with a vintage styled Jenny Packham dress, Tom went with a cut Reiss number, and the Bridesmaids went with four outfits from four high street labels; oasis, river island, monsoon and miss selfridge.
“We had the best day and every single supplier was an individual or a family company – this helped us build relationships and made it feel, to us, like everyone there was an integral part of our day. We had exactly the day we’d had the vision for when I was on antibiotics trudging over to the island in snow more than a year earlier. Bliss!”
On arrival at the Bell Hotel I bumped into Penny and Cameron Mckinley-Rodgers, who are amazing photographers, and we’ve been hoping to work together for ages… it was a very unexpected surprise! We knew from the get-go we were going to have fun… and we did! Check their work out here.
“Mark, I think I have watched it at least 60 times!!! It is perfect… and everyone is in love with it! Thank you.” – Anne
Song used “Afternoon” by Youth Lagoon
I recently filmed the wedding of Kaydee and Frank in Texas, and what an incredible wedding it was! But the story doesn’t end there…
Two days later we bumped into each other at Austin-Bergstrom airport as I was flying back to England and they were flying off on their honeymoon to Costa Rica. We sat and shared breakfast before saying goodbye, and although we were off in different directions I felt I was going to Costa Rica also, as I had given them a brand new Canon 514XL camera and two rolls of Kodak film to use on their trip, along with a nifty little camera bag and a homemade instruction manual. When they returned they sent me the films, which I processed, edited and added to their finished wedding (cigar) box!
I am offering this to all couples who fancy taking the beautiful format of Super 8 on their honeymoon. This way not only do you get to relive your romantic getaway over and over, but you also have a wonderful vintage camera to keep and use on all your adventures, making Super 8mm not just a part of your Wedding day, but a part of your life!
For more info drop me a line.
“We LOVED the Costa Rica film mark!! we didn’t do too bad of a job filming either …or you’re just amazing at editing. We can’t wait to see the longer version. Thank you so much… again!!” – Kaydee
Song used ‘Motorcycles’ by Real Estate
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Yorkshire is always a pleasure to visit, especially Sandsend Beach, and double especially when you’re accompanied by a newly married couple and their close friends “We chose Sandsend beach as a location because Whitby has always been really important to us. Andrew’s mum and dad honeymooned there 30 years ago and when Andrew and I first started dating we used to go there all the time, walk up the 199 steps to the abbey (which you get a great view of from from Sandsend beach) and enjoy walks along the pier with our fish and chips. It’s where we first realised we had a future together as a couple and where Andrew would have proposed (except I would have known straight away!).”
Annabelle chose the designer Benjamin Roberts
for her gorgeous dress, with Andrew in a tailored Reiss
suit. The Bridesmaids were in Ariella
and Andrew’s super cool rented car was an Austin Healey 3000! photography was by Lissa Alexandra
, and the flowers were beautifully arranged by Adam Prest
. “For the theme of the wedding we wanted it to be classically styled so that it would stand the test of time, I took a lot of inspiration from blogs (Love My Dress and Rock My Wedding) which I read religiously. Except for the flowers, all decoration and stationary was homemade, the last few weeks were a minefield of jelly bean favours, candle votives and paper goods!”
“As soon as I saw your films on Love My dress I knew you were the one for us and you didn’t disappoint. I have to say the film is absolutely outstanding; it made us laugh and cry (tears of joy of course) all at the same time! You captured moments I didn’t even know happened an I’ll honestly cherish it forever. We can’t stop watching it! Thank you so much for working so hard, and for all your ideas on the day, you really are awesome at what you do!” – Annabelle
I was invited north into the heart of rural Hereford to create the Wedding Film of Sophie and Olly, at the jaw-dropping Dewsall Court! A converted mansion farmhouse, adorned with beautiful furnishings and antiques, with views of rolling landscapes and complete with a pretty little church a stones throw from it’s front door. “Most of the wedding was DIY and handmade, and we couldn’t have done any of it without the help of our amazing family and friends (who are now expert Pom Poms makers and installers!) and the fab crew at Dewsall. Dewsall was the venue of our dreams and we couldn’t have loved the family who own and run it more – Sam and Ananda were just the BEST. We wanted the day to be a reflection of us and to have as much fun as physically possible over one weekend.”
Sophie went with a gorgeous rustic dress from Blackburn Bridal, and her shoulder cover up by Frou Frou Bridal (both American designers). She looked incredible, as did her bridesmaids who were lucky enough to choose the dresses themselves from Coast. Olly and his ushers found their three piece suits from Anthony’s.
“ARGH MARK!! We were SO excited that we broke our promise to each other to watch it together for the first time. As soon as I saw your email we immediately caved and both watched it whilst at work (but on the phone to each other – modern day romance at its best). It’s SUCH a beautiful film – just watching it has filmed me with so much joy. All the happiness from the day has come flooding back in and I now can’t stop grinning like a fool. How were you able to capture the FEELING of the day so well? You’re some kind of wizard with a camera. Everyone says your wedding day whizzes by in a blur and you forget so much of it and I can completely say that is true now. I had forgotten so many of the details and it’s so wonderful to have this moving memory to treasure and show our children one day. We are so so lucky, thank you so much for all your work on it. Many many many many many thanks.” -Sophie & Olly
Song used “Handkerchiefs” by Winterpills.
Flamingo’s in LONDON?! Yep, you read right, we do have Flamingo’s… and where else than on a roof top slap bang in central Kensington! I am writing of course about the famous Kensington Roof Gardens, a somewhat quirky location that boasts not just pink long-legged birds, but a multitude of exotic plants, a Spanish courtyard and bell tower (think British colonial meets spaghetti western) and the best darned view in town! All in all a rather spectacular location for this Lebanese Wedding… and what happens when Lebanon, Spain and London collaborate? Look for yourself!
And check out this cool bride, how amazing is the outfit? With bad-ass Alexander McQueen shoes and a Rosa Clara dress… I think it’s safe to say “traditional” was never on the cards, no no, this was London-chic all the way and Joyce rocked it!
I worked alongside photographer and gentleman, Mr. Mark Alesky … you can find out all about him right here.
“I love it!!!!!!! It looks amazing!! And I love the music! I can’t stop watching it, I must have seen the film more than 100 times already… I can’t stop!!! I’ve even watched all the latests films on your blog… You are so talented, they all look amazing. I just thank my lucky stars I found you and you agreed to film our wedding!! Thank you so so much Mark!!” – Joyce
Song used “Angelika” by Devendra Banhart
For once the sun came out to play for the Wedding of Daniela and Paul, and high five sunshine because Blakelands Country House looks rather lovely in the spring light, as did Daniela’s beautiful Enzoani wedding dress!
Another star attraction to the day was Daniela and Paul’s son and daughter, who did such an incredible job supporting their parents and posing for the cameras! My favourite part of being there was shooting the final scene, being around the family as they played on the swing under the gigantic oak tree… now and again you feel a greater force is directing the moment, you just know what’s being recorded onto that strip of film is something important that will be cherished by this family and future generations to come, you can feel it all around you!
Also, it was an honest-to-goodness pleasure working with the very talented Anna hardy, she is the perfect photographer for your Wedding day, charismatic, friendly, calming and above all keeps it real! Check out her pictures from this day here.
‘Oh my goodness Mark…..and it was soooo worth the wait!!! It is just beautiful. We really haven’t stopped watching it since you sent it to us!! Our children already love it, Ollie has wanted to watch it over & over!! I also felt the need to go and show my family as soon as we saw it…it’s lucky we live so close!! We couldn’t even tell you our favourite part we love every second! Thank you so much. Your talent is amazing!!’ – Daniela
Song used ‘June Eyes’ by Winterpills
I am so thrilled to introduce this new film! I was invited to rural Texas to be a part of Kaydee and Frank’s Wedding at the picturesque Camp Waldemar. Firstly, I have to say, that Lone Star hospitality is quite possibly the best thing ever! Not only did the Wedding party have me at Waldemar for three days of fun and frolics but also showed me about Austin.
The Wedding itself was incredible… Kaydee looked stunning in her Vera Wang dress, as did the Bridesmaids, and the fella’s kept it classical in bow ties! The ceremony took place outside (ampitheater style) under an enormous ancient tree and by the famous North Fork Guadalupe River… it was all very cinematic, and I even got to ride a Long Horn Bull (not my proudest moment, but it was pretty cool)!
It’s safe to say I have made friends for life with these beautiful people and I can’t wait to get back!
“We simply cannot put into words what your film, your presence at our wedding, and your friendship mean to us. You have given us a a gift that we will treasure always, and we love you for that. Thank you for coming to Texas to be with us, for celebrating with us, and for being who you are and doing what you do. We will never forget you and we hope that our friendship will continue on throughout the years. Through many tears and many laughs, we couldn’t be happier with how magical, romantic and truly us the film turned out! Seeing our love through your eyes is the sweetest treat we could ever imagine!” – Kaydee & Frank
Song used ‘All Wash Out’ by Edward Sharpe & the magnetic zeroes
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On recent travels to Austin, Texas, I was fortunate enough to be introduced to a rather fascinating character! A spiritual healer, of Mexican and Native American descent, who is also an actress and has appeared in films such as Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds and Death Proof! The beautiful lady in question is miss Tina Rodriguez.
She was such a tranquil person, completely at one with herself, I wanted to bottle some of it up and bring it back home with me to East London. For me it’s comforting to know there are these amazing people out there across the world, waiting to be discovered through my lens.
I’m so honored to have spent time with Tina… and to call her a friend.
May I present this lovely French/Canadian romance, sung from the alley ways of East London, hallways of Islington Town Hall and rooftops of Shoreditch House!
Photography by the awesome Lee Robbins.
“One word… same word again… WOW !! Thank you so much for this amazing film of our special day. Thank you for all the hours you are putting on to this. And we look so glam!!! Ahah! This is going to be such a great memory and a magic film to show Alice as she grows up. Thank you!!!!” – Ariane
Song used ‘Gentle Hour’ by Yo La Tengo
Thank you to Juliana and Sean for inviting me to capture their intimate Wedding ceremony at Wandsworth Town Hall and after party at The Crabtree Pub in Hammersmith, London.
Intimate city Wedding’s are on the rise and you can see why, with more of the day to spend with your adoring friends and family within a comfortable setting that you have spent more time personalizing, seems like a pretty good way to celebrate your love to me! Everything inside the Crabtree was unique, from the glasses to the silver wear and vintage cameras that dotted the tables… the guests were given a full three course menu to order from, and so everyone had an incredible looking dish to compare. The glasses were continuously topped with an assortment of wines and champagnes by quite possibly the nicest bartender in town, who shared in the conversation and became part of the whole feel of the Wedding.
Juliana looked effortlessly cool in her Alexander McQueen dress… but don’t take my word for it… check it out yourself. And also check out the photographer of the day, the always wonderful Sacco & Sacco.
“Finding it hard to put into words just how much we love our film. I’ve always had a love for Super 8 film from when my mother used to show me old movies from her and her sibling’s weddings. Anyone toying with the idea of hiring a Filmmaker for their wedding – DO IT! Having a timeless and elegant memory of your wedding day is priceless and something you will never regret. We can’t wait to show our children one day just the way my mother showed me. Working with Mark was a pleasure and on our day he was fantastic to work with, putting everyone at ease and unobtrusive. Love. Love. Love.” – Juliana
Song used “BRACKETT WI” by Bon Iver
Finally! Mark Brown is shooting Lifestyle Films, because I believe everyone should own a moment of their lives on Super 8mm.
The McBurnie family live in Felton, California and I had the privilege of being present to capture their daughter’s first trip to the beach… and what an absolute joy it was hanging out with them for the day! Little Scarlett was mesmerized by the Pacific, and by the sand and seagulls! It was a very special moment, especially between her and her mother (Kerry), and one they will have to treasure for the rest of their lives.
Feel free to drop me a line if you would like to immortalize your family or friends on beautiful vintage film!
Song used “Child” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes
And here it is!
The first Film of 2013… The Wedding of Nicoletta and James, at (the always perfect) Shoreditch Town Hall, post ceremony drinks at the Pavilion in Victoria Park and the after party at the Ozone Cafe, Old Street!
Nicky looked… uh… right words failing me… stunning in her gorgeous Wedding Dress, designed by Alan Hannah.
What I loved about this Wedding was its simplicity… it goes to show that sometimes most is achieved by less, and the smaller ideas such as using a local cafe as your after party venue can go a long, long way. For me the wow factor was in the caterer, a miss Melissa Hughes, all the way from the USA, who has just started operating in London. I have never seen such a beautiful spread of nibbles in my life! Apparently Nicky and James planned all of this in just three months! I am in awe!
To get a better look at the dress, venues, their simple but stand out decoration and to marvel at the amazingness that is Nabeelscamera, click here. He is an incredible photographer and can’t wait to work with him again, he has encapsulated the feel of East London perfectly!
And there you have it! No.1 is done and dusted. The 2013 season is underway. There are some amazing Weddings on the horizon, and I cannot wait to show them to you all.
“OMG! Thank you so much – it is beautiful and awesome and special and you captured James and I and our day so brilliantly.” – Nicky
Song used ‘Love To Another’ by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Being half a Scotsman myself I always jump at the chance to venture up north… so when I got the opportunity to Film Lisa and Jamie’s Wedding at Mar Hall hotel and the gorgeous (and tiny) St. Mahew’s Church in Cardross, just outside of my family’s hometown of Glasgow… I couldn’t resist! And it was well worth the trip, Lisa and Jamie were such fun to be around, and luckily the sun shone all day long. There’s something truly beautiful about a Scottish Wedding, be it the bagpipes, the kilts, the landscape, the dancing… the drink! And this was no exception.
Photography was by Sam & Sequoia of Mirrorbox Photography fame, and the beautiful dress was designed by Charlie Brear @ The Vintage Wedding Dress Co.
“MARK!!!! Our wedding film is absolutely perfect! Thank you sooooo much! We keep watching it over and noticing something new each time. Words fail me – which is rare – it is more a series of audible squeals of bliss! It will be something that we will cherish and share forever!” – Lisa & Jamie
Song used “Another Saturday” by Stuart Murdoch
I was recently invited over to Hong Kong to film the Wedding of Kaman & Neil, and what an experience I had! It was my first time to that part of the world, and all anxieties I had of a far off land were immediately put to bed… this city is incredible. The people. The streets. The food. The music… and of course, Kaman & Neil, who looked after me very well and made me feel like a member of the family, even inviting me to Kaman’s parents anniversary karaoke family dinner on my last night. And not being too modest, I can carry a tune pretty well.
The Wedding itself took place at The Hong Kong Country Club, just outside the city. We then headed for a little intimate shoot on the waterfront pier at Stanley Harbor, before meeting with the guests at the very exclusive Peninsula Hotel on Kowloon. As the night came to an end, Kaman changed into a beautiful red dress and we took to the streets of Soho amid the bright neon for a final few shots… before calling it a night and going to a pizza parlor for a few slices!
Photography was by the always perfect Laura McCluskey, who also ventured out from East London to shoot their special day. Her work can be seen here.
“Dear Mark, it was amazing to have you in Hong Kong for our big day, both in your capacity as Filmmaker, but more so as our friend. We LOVE the film. Thank you!” – Kaman & Neil
Song used “Lost In You” by LIOR
For my first blog of the new year I would like to present to you the Wedding of Sarah + Paul, who tied the knot recently at the gorgeous Queen’s House, within the Greenwich Observatory! I have said before that all my little movies are beyond a “style”, they are tailored in the energy of the couple, and this proves it! Everything came together so organically in the edit… and I am over the moon with the final cut.
A rock’n Roll bride if ever I met one! Sarah was one cool gal, Paul was one slick fella and their wedding was one amazing soiree! Photography was by the wildly talented Andrea Ellison.
“I LOVE this film…you completely captured who they were. Amazing work from an amazing wedding. You are fabulous and what you provide is so unique, every bride should have on.” – Andrea Ellison
“SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! It is amazing! I love it! Lots of twirling and funkiness! Gah! I adore it! It is truly wonderful! Thank you so much Mark!” – Sarah
Song used ‘Sucker for your Marketing’ by Sarah Jaffe
I received this thank you card in the post today from Melissa + Joe, all the way from Paris, and it has filled me with winter wonderland happiness. It’s an amazing feeling to know what I love doing is making people so very happy, and will continue to grow in love for generations to come!
Thank you guys, big smiles!
To all the beautiful couples who tied the knot in 2012, and invited me to come and be a part of your most special day… thank you!
It has been a fantastic twelve months, I have met some truly wonderful people, been privy to some incredible parties and have traveled to some amazing lands! And as the year comes to an end, I am lucky enough to not only have some two hundred + rolls of Kodak run through my trusty old Bauer + Canon + Minolta cameras, worked alongside the best photographers around, but I have also been landed with a prestigious award, and another nomination that will be called in January 2013.
Looking back, it all seems like a dream, I am so very lucky to be able to do what I love doing… so THANK YOU for supporting me, THANK YOU for my recognition, and above all…
THANK YOU for supporting Film.
On the eighth day of Christmas my true love gave to me… the Wedding of Melissa & Joe!
An American wedding based within the vine covered walls of Oriel College, Oxford! Melissa looked absolutely radiant in her gorgeous Elizabeth Fillmore dress, which complemented the classical surroundings… which of course came together perfectly for Super 8mm. It was such a wonderful day, Melissa and Joe were a pleasure to be around as were their lovely family and friends who trekked over all the way from the States!
Photography was by the incredible Kate Hopewell-Smith, and her pictures from this wedding can be seen on Roses and Lace.
“THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! I’m sitting here with tears streaming down my face. Its beautiful. Just beautiful.” – Melissa
Song used “The Beacon” by A Fine Frenzy
Ladies and gents, I present to you the Wedding of Vicki & Ben! A gorgeous couple who celebrated their big day in Holt, on the Norfolk coast, within the grounds of Ben’s old school. I loved where the ceremony took place, in an outside pavilion amongst the woods, completely fitting of them and their guests! The end of the film is my favourite part, as we headed to the coast and went for an end of day swim!!! Treading water with a heavy vintage camera is not the easiest of tasks… so I want extra credit for this one.
“Oh my GOD… Marky!!! We ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT! Thank you so so so much. xxxxx” – Victoria
Song used “Love You good” by Amy Stroup
so… I was in Belgium this week filming and received a lovely text from my good friend (and amazing photographer) Laura McCluskey. The text read ” YOU WON!!! YAYAYAYAYAYAY!” And soon found out I had in fact won the Regional Award for London & The South East from the prestigious Wedding Industry Awards, and am now in competition for the National’s which will be held in January 2013.
This award has been voted by a jury including Annabel Beeforth (Love My Dress), Miranda Eason (editor of You & Your Wedding Magazine) and Sarah Haywood (leading Planner, author and CNN expert at the wedding of Will & Kate)… also voted for (and most importantly) by the couples who have previously hired me to shoot their wedding this last year. I am extremely grateful for this, and so very touched. Thank you. Here’s to another wonderful year, and fingers crossed for January!
Big love x
“I want to celebrate the small forms of cinema, the lyrical forms, the poem, the watercolour, etude, sketch, postcard, arabesque, bagatelle and little 8mm songs. I am standing in the middle of the information highway and laughing, because a butterfly on a little flower somewhere just fluttered its wings, and I know that the whole course of history will drastically change because of that flutter. A super-8 camera just made a little soft buzz somewhere, on New York’s Lower East Side, and the world will never be the same”
Jonas Mekas influenced me to work in Super 8mm, now in his 90′s he still continues to shoot Super 8mm moments about the globe. His life on film can be seen in a spectacular gallery at the Serpentine until January 27th 2013 www.serpentinegallery.org/2011/03/jonas_mekas.html
For your viewing pleasure, may I introduce Nicola and Chris. Two inseparable love birds who tied the knot at the exquisite Grove House, amidst it’s eighteenth century splendor, pristine gardens and decaying structures. I can’t think of a prettier place to be married. Nicola looked incredible in her Couture Gallery gown, and spent the day beaming from ear to ear! Their love for one another was infectious… it was a pleasure to spend the day with them. Photography was by the brilliant Dominique Bader.
“Thank you Mark, this is beautiful! I have just shown it to Chris and he loves it. We are really happy and love the song also.” – Nicola
Song used ‘Melt With You’ by Nouvelle Vague
Now and again everything comes together perfectly… and Sarah + Damian’s wedding was no exception! Held at the stunning Thyme Barn, their day blossomed in this timeless farm house and under a cloudless sky. Sarah looked beautiful in her gorgeous Temperley London dress, the camera loved her, the final sixty seconds of their film is testament to this. Photography was by the wonderfully talented (and fellow film supporter) Ann-Kathrin Koch.
“We can’t stop watching our film! Such great memories captured so beautifully by you. It was a pleasure to have you at our Wedding and we are thrilled with the results. The long film is bloody brilliant! Thanks for all of your hard work!” – Sarah
Song used “1904″ by Benjamin Francis Leftwich
A day in the country, at the perfect Wethele Manor, for Rose and Robin’s beautiful rural Wedding. Back alongside the wonderful Marianne Taylor, our combined work can be seen at Green Wedding Shoes.
Song used “Keep Me Tonight” by The Open Sea
My first USA wedding, held on a 4 acre island, known as Elihu Island, in the colonial setting of Mystic, Connecticut. Elihu only allows a small handful of events per year, so it was a real treat to be invited. It is a stunning location, with an old clapper board house and rusted 50′s Ford truck parked up outside, shaded with ancient Elms and overgrown grass… it is the quintessential American family home, you can almost smell the apple pie, and the family who owns it are lovely. Emma and Peter were so wonderful to be around, as were their family and friends. It was also a real pleasure to work alongside photographer Julie Morawski, and our pics + film recently made it onto Style Me Pretty.
“Thank you so so so much for our wedding film. It is absolutely beautiful!! I have watched it like 10 times already and it gets better every time I watch it. You truly are a very talented artist. I am so happy we have this to look back upon for a lifetime!! Thank you.” – Emma
Song used “Stay With Me” by Sarah Jaffe
Primark Spring Lingerie collection, 2012.
As seen on Cosmopolitan.com
Hot off the press! My new Artist Portrait, on the wonderful American songstress JAYMAY. Filmed over two hot days in New York City, about her local East Village neighborhood. I have used her music quite a few times on my films, I think her sound compliments Super 8 perfectly… so I figured a JAYMAY film would be a fitting thank you! She was such a pleasure to hang out with… we need to get her over to London asap!
Check out some other of her sounds HERE
Any excuse to work with Temple Gregory Wedding Planning… I’ll take it! Here we go again on our second event, and how romantic is Northbrook Park! An old stately home, graced with acres of green fields, peacocks, 19th century decor and splashed with sunshine.
“Im now sat at home balling my eyes out! That was so beautiful and the song is perfect! Thank you so much.” – Danielle
Song used “Just You” by Amy Stroup
An East London Wedding, from Shoreditch Town Hall to the incredible MC Motors Club in Dalston! 50′s inspired Bridal dress, beehive hair-do and a teddy-boy attire for the groom. Mix this with beautiful weather, close family, good friends, happy vibes and the dirty streets on my favourite neck of the woods… and you’ve got gold on film! Enjoy.
“Mark, the film is amazing! I LOVE it. THANK YOU so, so much!” – Sara
Song used “This Old Love” by Lior
There are no words to describe how beautiful this wedding was… the entire day was held at a secluded farm house in the picturesque region of Monteriggioni, amongst rolling hills and vineyard ruins. I absolutely adored this Wedding, and not just because I was standing in paradise, but because Sarah and Matthew were such a pleasure to be around. Their charm, friendliness and love for one another was intoxicating. Punch drunk love!
“We are both absolutely thrilled with the films. You captured the magic of the day and it really is a simple but beautifully shot short story of the two of us that I look forward to sharing with our friends, family and some day our children. We will treasure this forever! Thank you.” – Sarah
Song used “Fairytale Lullaby” by Bombay Bicycle Club
I love the image of two people completely lost in one another, surrounded by a hectic scene of everyday city life… a bank robbery could be coming to a dramatic showdown around them and they wouldn’t notice! It’s all about THEM, and the Super 8 makes it look timeless and slightly fairytale, as does the song. Shot on Canon 1014 AZE on Kodak 200T at 54fps.
Song used “Wasad” by Jaymay
Quite possibly two of the loveliest people I have ever met. Their wedding consisted of around 20 guests, no photographer, a quaint civil ceremony and an intimate one table Breakfast at a swank Italian restaurant in Chelsea! I have never been so welcomed to a Wedding than at this one, I actually felt like a member of the family by the end… love, love, love!
“Arrrr, Mark, thank you from the bottom of our hearts for being there and being so un intrusive with the filming but at the same time also being so much part of the family for the day! It’s so lovely and perfect and beautiful… we love it so much, and the music is pulling at my heart strings!” – Kate
Song used “Come And Find Me” by Josh Ritter
This is the 2011-2012 Bridal wear collection from some of the biggest names in the industry (Vivienne Westwood, Vera Wang, Carolina Herrera…etc). Now you can see not only how beautiful the dresses are, but how they will look on Super 8mm (for when you hire me to film your wedding).
Shot about London in early May (when there was sunshine, remember?). Because they were such an incredibly lovely couple, and Victoria was such a naturally photogenic bride… I cannot stop watching this film! Enjoy.
“Mark, we got the Films yesterday – i cannot put into words how much we love it! It seriously is the best money we spent out of everything. I can’t stop watching it!” -Victoria
Song used “Lost In You” by LIOR
Here is the second of my Artist Super 8 Portraits. Featuring the very talented photographer Laura McCluskey out in her local neighborhood of London Fields. Shot in a mix of 18 and 50 frames per second. Enjoy.
Song used “Till” by Bert Kaempfert
A rather wet and gloomy day outside, but inside was warm and full of love. You can’t help but get the tingles down the back of your neck when you watch these two… or should I say three! It was such a perfect day, a real coming together of family, friends and two very loving people.
“Oh wow, oh wow, oh wow. I LOVE it. It is AMAZING!!!!!!” – Laura
Song used “Corduroy” by Jaymay
Such a wonderful day! Aine looked stunning, she reminded me of Grace Kelly, and my camera loved filming her. Some people just belong on black and white film! Everyone reacts differently to being filmed, and she was so natural, I had trouble pulling myself away and not using all of my film during the Bridal prep!
“Brilliant! We love every second of it. Aine is beaming here beside me!” – Aidan
Song used “I have to tell you” by Jaymay
The streets were too hot and busy to shoot on, so we snuck into a local office block, and found ourselves on the most beautiful roof top overlooking London. There was no real agenda, except to be completely spontaneous and for the camera to love her. She was beautiful, the camera did love her and so my job was relatively easy!
“Oh Mark, I’m in love. The film is exceptional. We will treasure it always. Thank you.” – Kaman
Song used “Lullaby” by Jaymay
I am now very much into my Super 8 portraits! This is Ian Jeanes; a pianist + singer from East London. I shot this Portrait on Old Compton St, Soho, at his local coffee house, around the corner from his office. I shot it at 54fps (slow motion), on Tri-x (black and white) and think it looks pretty sweet!
Song used “Mitternachts Blues” by Bert Kaempfert
This Wedding not only brought me into the lives of the lovely Susan & Owen from Islington, it also brought the first sunshine of the year. So nice was the weather that the ceremony was changed last minute from a church to a secluded garden in the grounds of the beautiful Braxted Estate (I admit that I was more than partly to blame for this decision). What a location! And the staff were brilliant… not many places would happily change the ceremony location within the hour of it commencing.
“We can’t thank you enough for letting us have the privilege to work with you and for creating a masterpiece! We loved your enthusiasm! I am so in love with our film, seriously Mark, I’ve now got wedding film OCD! I cannot stop watching it, I’m addicted to it. Our friends and family absolutely love it, I’ve even had people I hardly speak to on facebook comment on how amazing it is. So thank you so very much.” – Susan
Song used “Think Of Me” by Rosi Golan
An absolutely beautiful American/English wedding day at the stunning Winchester College, planned by the wonderful Beckie Gregory @ Temple Gregory. It was also a pleasure working with the hugely talented photographer Zoe Collyer, you can see her C+J pics here
“We both started crying! It is incredible! Nothing short of Amazing!” – Caitilin
Song used “Boat Song” by JJ Heller
Always a pleasure heading over to Norfolk! Especially for a wedding day like this one. Simple, modest and all about the love! Perfect!
“OMG it’s AMAZEBALLS! Brought a tear to my eye watching it! love love love! you really captured the spirit – can’t wait to show everyone!! and the song is great too.” – Leeanne
Song used “Can’t Help Falling In Love” by Ingrid Michaelson