Our Wedding: Frank & Vera McDowell



Bangor, Donegal





16min 54sec




Standard 8mm



The McDowell Family


The McDowell Family

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This beautiful film showcases the wedding day and honeymoon of Dr Frank McDowell and his wife, Vera. The wedding day was on the 4th of October, 1952. Have a look at the timeless fashions on display. The cheery atmosphere is palpable as everyone packs into the Old Inn in Crawfordsburn to continue the celebration. The McDowells then hit the road for their honeymoon in Donegal, capturing beautiful footage of Dunfanaghy and the Derryveagh Mountains. Dr McDowell's eye for detail and natural filmmaking talent helped capture countless fascinating moments. Footage such as the wedding photographer setting up his camera, Donegal fishermen sneaking a drink on their boat and candid moments on the beach offer a glimpse of life in Ulster in the 1950s. Some of this footage must have been shot by Vera, who clearly had an acute eye for beautiful imagery too. Throughout the McDowell films, Vera and Frank took turns operating the camera. Their family films are uniquely picturesque and evoke a nostalgia that transcends from their time. This reel was the first of many and a fitting introduction to one Northern Irish family's fascinating record of the latter half of the twentieth century.


Shot by Dr Frank McDowell and Vera McDowell.

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