Awesome news just in! Mark Brown Films has been included in Beyond The Magazine’s top 33 wedding artists of 2015! With long time collaborator Laura McCluskey making the front page! Not bad, ey?
Happy New Year one and all. 2015 is shaping up to be quite the super 8 extravaganza… I have had some wonderful invitations and I cannot wait to share the finished results with you all right here. But until then, here it is… the LAST FILM of 2014… and what a grand finale! The very beautiful wedding of Smriti and David. November 1st was one of those perfect wintery sunny days in London… with long shadows, and a low sun that spills light beams into darkened rooms. This is definitely my favourite time of the year to film (provided the sun is out of course). Combine that with the streets of Shoreditch, the rooms of the Boundary Hotel and a reel of Kodak film! Glorious.
2014 has been amazing… I have met some truly wonderful people, traveled to beautiful new lands and watched some pretty awesome love stories unfold before my eyes… this next year has a lot to live up to. Thank you everyone who invited me to take part in their special day. It really means the world.
Let love rule!
song used ‘I do’ by Susie Suh
With Christmas nearly upon us, I thought I would treat you to the last of the destination films to raise your temperatures to the south of France, and your eyes to the beautiful Chateau Les Carrasses, ‘Stretching lazily along the Mediterranean from the Côte d’Azur to the Spanish border, the Languedoc is the quintessential South of France… This Cinderella of the south was once overshadowed by gorgeous Provence and the brash Côte d’Azur. Now, she stands as their equal, displaying a discreet charm that her more-visited siblings lost long ago…’ View full post »
Forty minutes out of Seville you find yourself completely lost in rural Spain, and somewhere amidst the rolling cotton fields and winding dirt roads of Las Cabezas de San Juan you find the Hacienda De San Rafael; a stunning farmhouse literally covered in flowers that come tumbling out of every wall crack, window, drain and doorway that make the hacienda. Sive and Michael wanted a place that was not only a beautiful venue for their party, but also acted as a guest house with all their friends and family staying onsite over the weekend. It was such a gorgeous day, despite the alarms raised over forecast showers (which all narrowly missed the hacienda)… and I’m in love with the how the finished film has come out; Sive’s beautiful dress against a backdrop of pastel yellows, reds and an untamed sky just leaves me in wonder. View full post »
‘We knew from the start that we wanted the simple, timeless, and dreamy quality of real film and not the crisp sharp images of digital video. It was our “something old”! We were so happy when we found Mark and he agreed to work with us. Having seen his work we knew he would be amazing. Both Mark and our wonderful photographer Jo Millington worked so well together and were like two more friends of ours on the day!’ View full post »
‘After looking at lots of Wedding Venues online, I scaled it down to 3 venues. The Great Barn was the 1st venue to view of the day. I had followed a few wedding blogs and The Great Barn was featured a few times. The moment we walked into the empty space we really knew it was the one. We didn’t see any other wedding venues that day, we booked there and then and cancelled the other appointments. We loved the fact that it only held 16 weddings a year and also that each wedding would be completely different. Ross and I both agreed that we wanted a really informal and relaxed wedding and the flexibility of the Great barn offered this. We loved that the Barn had a great outside space that wasn’t too pruned and perfect. It was all so rustic and beautiful. The Barn its self felt romantic and intimate. We imagined lots of aspects of the day together and with our guests, everyone dancing and laughing in this great space and we were sold!’ View full post »
There’s a word that really gets me excited when a couple drop me a line; Hackney! But Dalston, Stoke Newington, London Fields, Victoria Park, Shoreditch are also acceptable. What I love about east London weddings are the unusual venues… converted Victorian town houses, dilapidated factories, condemned warehouses, forgotten pubs… made new again by an original idea, a sense of fun and a spirit for adventure… much, in my mind, like Super 8! The Roost pub is just that, ‘We wanted to keep the wedding local and felt a fancy house in the country wouldn’t feel like us or have any connection to who we were. We first saw The Roost on a blog and it was the only venue we visited. We knew it would be the perfect party house and had such a laid back vibe. I loved how there were pockets of rooms people could wander off too and how each floor would host a different stage of the day. The venue made the day feel really homely, a bit like a house party.’ View full post »
Heading south east from London, toward Dover, the land begins to rise and dip, then suddenly you are out in it, all that green countryside, almost water colour, those perfect little hamlets, those winding roads leading down toward the English channel. In the midst of all that splendor was The Old Rectory, the family home, and the venue for Lucy and Max’s wedding day. ‘We got married at my family home because for us there was no more meaningful or special place to say ‘I do’ in front of all our family and friends. I spent so many happy days there – in childhood and as an adult View full post »
What it is I love about making these films is the never ending stream of wonderful people I get to spend my days with. On the 16th of August 2014 I joined Siobhan & James, their friends and family, on a Victorian carousel in the late summer sun celebrating love; love of friends, love of family, love of good food, strong drink, favourite songs, questionable dance moves, and of course love of love! Preston Court played host, and it is always such a pleasure filming there, ‘The venue was perfect for us because it felt like home. Not that we live in a large country house but, because it felt warm and welcoming without screaming wedding venue! It’s got character, quirky twists and has love in the air, just like our home.’ View full post »
Hampton Manor is a boutique hotel nestled in the quaint town of Hampton in Arden, boasting beautiful, big and somewhat gothic rooms overlooking the wild landscape of the west midlands. Here Victoria and Richard said their ‘I do’s’ infront of family, friends and my super 8 cameras. ‘When we walked in it had a cosy, elegant, modern feel. It had such character from the outside, it felt grand and old, but the interior felt new and luxurious… and the food was amazing!
It has a quiet village setting and hidden down a long drive, which made it feel like a secret. We loved the fact we could walk between the church and the manor. Outdoor space was important to us, and we could use the lawn all afternoon.’ View full post »
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