MID-DAY MOVIE: A Romantic and Dreamy Super-8mm Wedding Film

Whilst the key element of Love My Dress are photographs, I do so love to share wedding films too and especially when they have been captured in an sublime retro format like this one has.  Super 8-mm film maker Mark W. Brown was chosen to document the wedding of Maxine and Anthony at Larmer Tree – a venue that usually plays host to the End Of The Road festival, but that on this occasion had given way to an all new kind of wonderful.

When I first saw one of Mark’s films I cried. It was utterly gorgeous. We were so happy he was part of our day and could capture it through his effortlessly beautiful lenses. 

For me, weddings and indeed wedding films don’t come any more perfect than this – I adore how Mark has so artistically captured the essence of this day – I can get completely lost in 3 minutes of dreamy romance, it’s just exquisite.  I also love that Maxine happened to chose a gown from one of my very favourite designers ever, the incomparable Halfpenny London, whilst Anthony donned Alexander McQueen.

‘When Ant and I first visited our wedding venue, Larmer Tree, we fell in love with the breathtaking grounds. As we wandered round each of its unique and quirky nooks and crannies it became clear from our silence that we were each trying to telepathically tell the other that this was the one. With a superb balance of romantic decadence and laid back festival vibes, it was the perfect place to start the most fantastic journey of our lives.

Film Production Copyright (C) 2014, Mark W. Brown

I was really keen on this occasion to ask for a view from the film maker Mark W. Brown himself, and I have to say, my heart skipped a beat or two when I read through the notes below.  This perspective reminds me why I love sharing film on Love My Dress so very much and how lucky I am that I get to feature the work of so many talented artists.

“Thinking hard on how best to describe this film, for Annabel, for all you beautiful people out there in Love My Dress land… I’m torn, part of me wants to describe ‘the process’ of film, part of me wants to describe the day itself… but most of me wants to use this space for something a little more inspiring. I think the answer is in the song; ‘… I’m lying on the moon…’

When I watch this film I don’t want to write about Max and Ant, or try and give them a background, an idea into why they chose Larmer Tree or her Kate Halfpenny dress… those questions you can answer yourself, I think, ‘… my dear I’ll be there soon…’

Watching this film I am filled with the same joy as I remember having on the day, being part of their romance, watching them get swept up in their love for each other, their love for their family and friends, ‘… it’s a quiet and starry place…’

 Then it hits me, a reminder of how perfect Super 8 is – a format that, as a filmmaker, can allow you to get lost in the romance of the day, and as a couple, to tell your story without words, to let your love for one another, the energy of it, from the moment you first met, radiate from the screen, it tells us all we need to know, and takes our imaginations,  ‘…a million miles away.’

Film is such an important part of your day – thank you Love My Dress for being an ongoing supporter for filmmakers.”

For further information about Mark W. Brown, please visit markwbrown.com.  You can also follow Mark on InstagramTwitter, Facebook and view more of his films on Vimeo.

Enjoy your lunches Love My Dress’ers!

Love Annabel xx


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Founder of Love My Dress. Passionate Podcaster and Editor. Annabel lives in rural North Yorkshire with her husband and business partner Philip, their two daughters and menagerie of furry hounds. She loves photography, meditation, walking, being outdoors and star gazing. She is fierce when it comes to championing talent within the wedding industry and when she's not working on Love My Dress, she supports her husband Philip in the running of the family's sustainable flower farm and floral design business, Moonwind Flowers. In 2013, she became a published author.