Eli's Photography Blog

Our Wedding Video!! – St. Thomas, Virgin Islands

Posted: October 24th, 2010 | 7 Comments »

When Leslie and I came back from our wedding in the Virgin Islands we were so crazy anxious to see our photos and video; we knew that our guys Collin Hughes, Matt Brue, and Spencer Combs had a real challenge on their hands with the weather. What should have been a super easy, beautiful beach wedding… turned out to be a monsoon on an island, haha. But we still couldn’t wait to see em’ and expected very rainy wedding video/photos. Of course would have loved it all the same, because it was our wedding, no matter how much rain there was it was beautiful to us….. However, when Matt sent us the trailer to our video, Leslie and I were completely blown away!!! I dimmed the lights, cranked up the volume on my computer, and Leslie sat in my lap. We waited for the video to fully download and then pressed play. From the very first frame, our jaws were on the floor.  We must have watched it like 50 times that night!!! I can honestly say that I am still in shock, can’t believe that he captured our wedding with such detail and made us feel like we were reliving the day. I really can’t explain how Matt made this happen, all I know is if you need a wedding video, he’s your man!

Eli + Leslie // St. Thomas, VI from capture studios on Vimeo.

After our mind was completely blown by the video, then the photos started rolling in. Leslie and I were THRILLED!! Can’t tell you guys how happy we were to have picked photographers that we were comfortable with. My only advice that I have for new brides-to-be out there is to find the photographer that matches you. There are lots of super talented photographers out there. I personally know several, but the best decision that we made for our wedding was picking a photographer(s) that we had fun with. They made us feel at ease and worked their butts off the whole time. I have tons of respect for all of my brides and I promise to give you my all on your wedding day. I want you to feel the same way that Leslie and I did on ours. I vow to do everything I can to make your photos beautiful and unforgettable. We have so many photos that we absolutely love, but here are just a couple for you guys!! Enjoy! Don’t I have a beautiful bride?!

St. Thomas Sunset

Silhouette Kiss at Sunset
Leslie getting ready
Eli writing vows
Virgin Islands Teal Water
Eli in wedding suit
Eli Murray Destination Wedding Photos
Leslie Murray Wedding
sugar bay resort wedding venue
Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort Wedding

Eli Murray Destination Wedding
Eli and Leslie Wedding Day
Palm Trees
St. Thomas Destination Wedding
Eli and Leslie Wedding Photos

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Tuesdays with Eli – Mexican Fútbol & Hermit Crabs

Posted: October 19th, 2010 | 1 Comment »

I still have so many photos from my trip to Mexico that I want to share. I’ve decided that I’ll spread them out over the course of a few “Tuesdays with Eli’s“. I spent a week in Mexico with my best friend, Jordan. It was my last trip as a single man. I’ve been on many a vacations with Jordan and his family in the past, we’ve been best friends for the last 12 years. Jordan has this neat web design company out of Fayetteville called Shift Creative, you should check it out. Jordan built my website and blog from the ground up. He’s your man if you have any web needs.
So here’s a few more photos from Mexico. These kids were pretty awesome. Jordan is on the right rockin’ the peace sign. They didn’t speak a whole lot of English, but we learned really quickly that both hunting hermit crabs and playing soccer (fútbol), are universal languages. Enjoy!!

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Lani's Bridal Portraits – Arkansas Portrait Photography

Posted: October 16th, 2010 | 1 Comment »

Today, I am super jazzed to be photographing Justin and Lani’s wedding at Marlsgate Plantation in Scott AR!  I can finally share Lani’s beautiful bridal portraits that we shot last month. Here are just a couple of my favorites. Stay tuned for the wedding photos! Enjoy!

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Corey + Kristi – Arkansas Wedding Photography

Posted: October 13th, 2010 | 2 Comments »

Corey and Kristi’s wedding will always have a special place in my heart because their wedding was exactly 3 days before my wedding. It was the last wedding I photographed as a single man, haha. Directly after leaving their reception I drove home, changed clothes, and then Leslie and I drove to the Memphis Airport to leave for our wedding in St. Thomas. It was definitely a long night, but I was so happy to be a part of Kristi and Corey’s wedding. Kristi was so excited to get married, you couldn’t take her smile away! There ceremony was at the Cedar Heights Baptist Church in North Little Rock. I was also happy to have my good friend and fellow photographer Mark Gregory with me.
Here are a few of my favorite images from the first part of the day! Enjoy!

To view all the photos from Corey & Kristi’s big day, please visit the proofing site here.

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Tuesdays with Eli – I'm Married!!

Posted: October 12th, 2010 | 4 Comments »

Well, I’m a married man now! Leslie and I got back from our honeymoon early Sunday morning about 2am. I’m sure most of you guys saw my Facebook post about the weather in St. Thomas. We planned for a beautiful, sunny, warm Island wedding and honeymoon, but apparently the weather had other plans. The locals on the island said that they have not received that much rain in 30 years. We were in the middle of some kind of record or something.  I’m telling you all of this not because I want everyone to feel sorry for us, haha. We did have 1 and a half days of sun, haha!
Leslie and I made the best of it. We rolled with the punches and got a little wet. To me, one of the most exciting things about photographing weddings is the unpredictability. Sometimes good, sometimes bad, but one thing is for sure, no matter how much you plan… things happen. It’s really just a great reminder that the wedding is not just about the plans and preparations. Weddings should be about the people and love. The time that you and your new bride or groom spend together and the experiences that you share.
I can tell you for sure that our wedding was definitely an experience, haha, but it was beautiful and I wouldn’t change a thing. Leslie and I so thankful to our families who could make it to the wedding and all of their help with everything. We are also super thankful for our photographers who had a bit of a challenge with all the rain. They stayed positive the whole time and worked hard to give us exactly what we were looking for. We cannot wait to see the images!
Until then, here are a few from my camera. I didn’t do a whole lot of shooting because I had people doing it for me, haha, but here’s a couple of my favorites! Also sorry for the cheesy/depressing videos, I only made them because I thought you guys would get a kick out of them, haha. Enjoy!

Our Honeymoon! from Eli Murray on Vimeo.

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Tuesdays with Eli – Mexican Sailboats

Posted: October 5th, 2010 | 1 Comment »

Still sharing my Mexico Photos. Here’s a few more! Enjoy!

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