Hi I’m Matt the face and creative force behind AR Wedding Films. A passionate guy, lover of music, self development and classic cinema. A happy soul who loves what he does and does what he loves!
Film-making is a big part of my life and is part of my ‘Ikigai’. Ikigai is a Japanese concept that means “a reason for being”. The word refers to having a direction or purpose in life, that which makes one’s life worthwhile, and towards which an individual takes spontaneous and willing actions giving them satisfaction and a sense of meaning to life, and for me that’s film-making, photography and creating music.
My wedding filmmaking journey started back when I completed my Master’s degree in New Media Production setting me off into the world of professional visual storytelling.
Over the years my documentary video work has been aired on both ITV and BBC and I have worked on a world wide video marketing campaign for Mizuno sportswear. My music passion has seen me doing my thing on the John Peel stage at Glastonbury and working for record producer Ken Nelson (Coldplay, Paolo Nutini, Badly Drawn Boy). Recently I was awarded the ‘English Wedding Awards’ North West Wedding Videographer of the year for the 3rd time and appeared as regional finalist at the TWIA’s. It’s a thrill to be recognised for my wedding videography and it’s an honour that my couples thought so much about their films that they voted for me.
I’m now almost 2 decade’s into the wonderful world of weddings starting back in 2003 as a free lance wedding film editor, and now with over 500 wedding films ‘under my belt’ I still get a massive kick out of creating special wedding films for my couples. Wedding filmmaking is in my blood!