mEET THE TEAM
We are a team of wedding filmmakers, based in Belfast, servicing the whole of Ireland and beyond.
Joanna established Familiar Joy in summer 2017, and Matthew joined the team in late 2018. We both have a passion for true stories and documentary film, and also a passion for love! That’s probably how we ended up filming weddings for a living! To us, what we produce is like a little mini documentary of a single day in your life. It’s not just a simple recording - we put time and care and effort into creating something watchable over and over again, like your favourite movie. That’s why we’re called Familiar Joy. When we make a film, the thing we’re most drawn to is the joy of a wedding day. They don't call it the best day of your life for nothing! When our couples watch their films again some time later, we want them to be reminded of that joy, to the point where they experience it all over again. An emotion you've felt before, it's familiar.
So what’s a day like with us? We work in a style that aims to capture all the best moments of your day in an unobtrusive but artistic and fun fashion. Most of our couples mention to us that they hardly notice us there during the day! Whether there’s one or two of us there with you on the day, we always operate several cameras to make sure whatever is happening is getting plenty of coverage. Then, once the day is over, we get stuck into editing, and soon enough, your films will be on their way to you for you to watch and share with friends and family.