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Susannah + Matthew – First Lutheran Historic Church Wedding

Posted: August 14th, 2013 | 1 Comment »

Susannah and Matthew’s wedding was one of our all time favorite weddings that Leslie and I have photographed. Matt flew in from Belgium a couple days before the wedding and the day after we photographed these two, they both flew out to live permanently in Europe. The ceremony was at the First Lutheran Church in downtown Little Rock and they prepared that morning for their big day inside the historic Capital Hotel. I loved the classic black and white details with the contrast of the Fall colors. Here are a couple of our favorite images from their wedding. Hope you guys enjoy!
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Jenny + Kasey – Albert Pike Hotel Wedding, Little Rock Arkansas

Posted: April 25th, 2013 | 2 Comments »

Last month Leslie and I flew back to Arkansas from our new home in Southern California to photograph the wedding of Jenny and Kasey Stephens. The weather was beautiful and their wedding could not have been any sweeter. Their ceremony was at the Albert Pike Hotel in Downtown Little Rock. Their wedding also happened to be the day before St. Patricks Day so I thought it was fitting to set up their first look in a field of clovers. These are just a few of our favorites from their wedding. You can view all the images from their big day, here. Enjoy!
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Photographer: Eli Murray Weddings
Design/Floral/Coordinator:  Young Designs
Wedding/Reception Venue: Albert Pike Hotel
Caterer: Catering Creations
DJ: Brian Teague
Transportation: Arkansas Destinations
Lighting: Radiant Designs

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Brittany + Matthew – Little Rock Wedding Pleasant Valley Country Club

Posted: March 6th, 2013 | 4 Comments »

After settling into our new home in California, Leslie and I flew back to Little Rock for our first Arkansas wedding of the year. It was a gorgeous wedding and we  are so thrilled we got to be a part of it. Brittany and Matthew exchanged their vows inside of St. James United Methodist church in Little Rock and they had a super rad reception full of details at the Pleasant Valley County Club. Their rehearsal dinner was at the Little Rock Club on the 30th floor of the Regons building downtown. Here are a couple of our favorites from their wedding weekend. Enjoy!
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Photographer: Eli Murray Photography
Videographer:  Chuck Massey
Church Coordinators: Mary Lynn Laning and Liz Morris
Reception Coordinator:  Young Designs
Florals and Lighting: Inspired by Nature
Wedding Venue: St. James United Methodist Church
Reception Venue: Pleasant Valley Country Club
Entertainment: The Rockets
Cake: Mickeys Special Affairs
Transportation: Arkansas Destinations
Rentals: Confetti’s Party Rental

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Ashley + Drew – Arkansas Wedding Photography | Part 1

Posted: August 7th, 2012 | 1 Comment »

This adorable couple were wed at the beautiful Pratt Place Barn  in Fayetteville, Arkansas. We hope you love this wedding as much as we do! Enjoy!























Event planner: Diane Harvey and Permelia Huffman, Star City, AR
Bridal Boutique: Brides in Amarillo, TX
Wedding stationery:  The 3 J’s Design & Studio, Dalhart, TX and Etcetera, Amarillo, TX
Jeweler:  Sissy’s Log Cabin, Little Rock, AR
Florist:  Sweet Peas Florist, Star City, AR
Cakes:  Rick’s Bakery, Fayetteville, AR
Rentals/Lighting:  Eventures, Fayetteville, AR
DJ/Band:  Joe Giles and the Homewreckers, Fayetteville, AR
Bridesmaids attire: Apple Annie’s, Amarillo, TX  Brand: Allure Bridals

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Ashley + Drew – Arkansas Wedding Photography | Part 2

Posted: August 5th, 2012 | 1 Comment »






















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Ashley + Drew – Arkansas Wedding Photography | Part 3

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Chris + Nancy – Newport Beach, California Wedding

Posted: April 11th, 2012 | 9 Comments »

Eli and I planned a trip to the West Coast for some sight seeing, networking, and learning at WPPI ( convention in Vegas for Wedding and Portrait Photographers) We knew we were going to have our friends Chris and Nancy accompany us on this journey. What we didn’t know, was that these two were planning a surprise wedding for friends and family. They knew they wanted something beachy and what better place to do it than Southern California in Newport Beach. We had to keep it on the down low, which was a little tough at times, but we made it happen. Chris and Nancy are awesome wedding photographers themselves, and we felt so honored that they asked us to be the ones to document their special day! What a compliment! They got married at Little Corona Beach and it was breathtaking! Shelby Nolan of Green Leaf Designs created the most beautiful bouquet and boutonniere for Chris and Nancy. If you ever need flowers for your wedding/event, be sure to check her out- she is wonderful!! Green Leaf Designs is located in Huntington Beach, California. It was a perfect wedding all around, I don’t think we could have asked for better weather that day. Chris and Nancy are a beautiful couple and we wish them many years of happiness together. Cheers to the happy couple!
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Sweet Love Bakery – Little Rock, AR

Posted: January 31st, 2012 | No Comments »

Kelli Marks is the owner and lead baker for Sweet Love, one of the newest and fastest growing bakeries here in Central Arkansas. I was so impressed with Kelli’s wonderful personality, how she runs her bake shop, and her crazy good baking skills, that I wanted to dedicate a blog to Sweet Love and share some photos with you guys. If you are bride-to-be in Arkansas and you are looking for a really unique, beautiful, or classic wedding cake, check out Sweet Love.

It’s pretty easy to see that Kelli loves her job. Making people happy baking sweet goodies.

I was super excited when I heard that Sweet Love was opening up a storefront on Cantrell. It’s wonderful to have another really great bakery  in Little Rock for brides to create custom wedding cakes. You can also sit down inside and enjoy a fun little cupcake date.



I may have just had a couple of these cookies when I was shooting the bakery, and yes, they’re even better than they look.

This is the Sweet Love mascot, “Wisk”. Make sure you say hi when you stop in.






With so many unique and creative ideas for wedding cakes, I’m really glad to know Kelli and can’t wait to see what she has in store for the 2012 wedding season.

Sweet Love is located at 8210 Cantrell Road in the Cantrell Heights shopping center. http://sweetlovebakes.com/

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2012 Wedding Photography Giveaway

Posted: January 15th, 2012 | 34 Comments »

2012 Eli Murray Wedding Giveaway
We are super excited to be giving away a free wedding package worth $3,450 to one lucky bride and groom getting married in 2012 or 2013.

The wedding package includes the following:
-Complete wedding day coverage
-Personal online proofing gallery
-Engagement portrait session with Eli Murray
-All images on disc with personal copyright release
ALL YOU NEED TO DO IS:
– STOP BY THE BOOTH AND LET US TAKE YOUR PHOTO
– LIKE US ON FACEBOOK
– TAG YOURSELF IN THE FACEBOOK ALBUM
– LEAVE A COMMENT ON OUR BLOG (right here)

OFFICIAL RULES
NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. INTERNET ACCESS AND A FACEBOOK ACCOUNT ARE REQUIRED TO ENTER THE PROMOTION
HOW TO ENTER: Beginning 12:29:01 p.m. CT on January 15, 2012 through 11:59:59 p.m. CT on January 31, 2012 (“Promotion Period”), enter the ELIMURRAY WEDDINGS “Wedding Giveaway”, by completing the following rules:
1. Attend the 2012 Arkansas Democrat Gazette Bridal Fair.
2. Stop by the ELI MURRAY PHOTOGRAPHY vendor booth # 117,100 and take a photo of yourself inside the ELI MURRAY PHOTOBOOTH.
3. Go to the ELI MURRAY PHOTOGRAPHY Page on Facebook (www.facebook.com/elimurrayphotography). You must “Like” the ELI MURRAY PHOTOGRAPHY Page on Facebook for a chance to win. This Promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with, Facebook.
4. “Tag” yourself in the Facebook photo of the “2012 Arkansas Democrat Gazette ELI MURRAY PHOTOBOOTH”.
5. Visit ELI MURRAY’s BLOG (www.elimurray.com/blog/2012-wedding-photography-giveaway) and leave a comment on the blog.
ELIGIBILITY: The Promotion is open to legal residents of the 50 United States and D.C., 18 years of age or older who have attended the 2012 Arkansas Democrat Gazette Bridal Fair in Little Rock, AR and who have completed the contest rules.
PRIZES/ODDS OF WINNING: Odds of winning the wedding package depend on the total number of eligible entries received for the wedding give-a-way. The winner will be chosen at random and their wedding date must not conflict with any current bookings of ELI MURRAY WEDDINGS. No prize substitutions permitted, except by Eli Murray, who may substitute a prize of equal or greater value. Prize is non-transferable.
REGULATIONS: The winner of the Wedding Givaway must cover the cost of travel to any wedding location outside of Central Arkansas.
ALL GIVEAWAY RULES MUST BE COMPLETED BY FEB 1st 2012 IN ORDER TO BE ELIGIBLE TO WIN.

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Ashley + Alfredo – Riverside California Wedding Teaser

Posted: December 4th, 2011 | 7 Comments »

I know it’s been a while since my last blog post. Between shooting weddings, traveling to shoot weddings, engagements, family sessions, spending time with my family, editing, delivering albums and prints to brides, I’ve let some blogs slip past me. 2011 was a really great year. Leslie and I are super blessed to have such wonderful clients and to be a part of so many lovely weddings. We’re already looking forward to 2012. We’re flying back to Little Rock right now from Los Angeles as I’m writing this blog. I just couldn’t wait to show off a few images from Ashley and Alfredo’s wedding in Riverside, California. These are just a few of my favorites. Stay tuned for more images from their Southern California wedding. Enjoy!






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