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Why Hire a Wedding Videographer?

March 22, 2013 by  
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why hire a wedding videographer?It’s no secret that weddings can be expensive. From the food to the dress to the venue, it all adds up. Sometimes, to save money, couples decide to not have a wedding video. Or they have a friend or family member do it instead of professional.

Unfortunately, many people who decided not to have wedding videos done professionally regret it later. A wedding video is a unique way to capture the magic from your day. Here are 5 reasons to hire a wedding videographer:

1. The day goes by so fast

Your wedding day goes by so quickly. There are photos to take and people to talk to, for some couples it ends up feeling like a blur. A wedding video helps you relive your big day.

2. You can’t be everywhere

But, a wedding videographer can. It is their job to make sure you are able to experience the aspects of your wedding you might not have gotten to see. They will be able to get footage of your friends dancing while you were greeting guests and capture the look on your nephews face as he walked down the aisle as your ring bearer.

3. It’s a family heirloom

You can tell your kids how amazing your best man’s wedding speech was, but without the video, they won’t be able to experience it. A professional videographer will make sure there is quality audio, so you can experience your vows and speeches over and over again with your family.

4. You invested a lot in your wedding, don’t skimp on video

So many couples invest a lot of money in their weddings. A professional wedding videographer will help you capture all of that attention to detail. Multiple cameras will help you see different perspectives and you’ll have a wedding video edited and personalized for you.

5. A wedding videographer is a professional

All sorts of things can happen on your wedding day. What if it rains and you have to move your outdoor ceremony indoors? If you have a friend or family member take video of your wedding, they may not come equipped with the proper lighting for an indoor ceremony. A wedding videographer is a professional and will be able to make sure you get a quality wedding video regardless of the weather or other crazy circumstances. As trained cinematographers, they will make sure you get the quality, professional video you were hoping for.

Top 5 Wedding Apps

March 15, 2013 by  
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Top 5 Wedding AppsThese days there’s an app for everything. So, it’s so surprise that new wedding apps are popping up all over the place. From planning the event, to collecting photos from guests after the big day, brides and grooms can stay organized with these helpful wedding apps.

1. Appy Couple

A stylish way to share your wedding with guests, Appy Couple makes sure that guests stay in the loop and have all the details they need for your big day. This app is especially helpful for destination weddings; you can make it easy for guests to plan their trip.

2. Wedding Songs Planner

The right music is essential to any great party, including your wedding. To make sure that selecting your music is fun, and not stressful, the Wedding Song Planner app helps you pick your wedding songs in matter of minutes, not hours.

3. Wedding Party

Leaving disposable cameras on reception tables was a way for couples to see their wedding through the eyes of their guests, but it wasn’t all that cost-effective. Now, with the Wedding Party app, you can capture all of the amazing photos from your wedding, for free. Batch upload makes it quick and easy for guests to share their photos with you.

4. Perfect Wedding Guide

Planning a wedding requires a lot of organization. Rather than carrying around a heavy wedding planner, many brides prefer just using their phones or iPads to organize all of the details for their big day. The Perfect Wedding Guide allows brides to stay organized with your to-do lists, budget and guest list.

5. Wedding Scan

One of the most exciting parts of planning a wedding is registering. But, it can be difficult to find a couple of stores that have everything you need. WeddingScan allows you to register for any item at any store by scanning the product’s barcode with the iPhone app. When viewing the registry at weddingscan.com, guests can choose to buy the registered item from Amazon, or choose to buy it later in the store where it was registered.

Top 6 Wedding Destinations in Florida

March 8, 2013 by  
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Accurately known as the Sunshine State, Florida is a great place to get married. It’s no surprise that it’s one of the top destination wedding locations in the country. Whether you’re a native Floridian looking for a wedding venue close to home, or planning a destination wedding, here are our top six picks for wedding destinations in Florida:

1. The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island

For couples wanting an oceanfront affair, Amelia Island offers the perfect backdrop. It doesn’t get much more luxurious than the Ritz Carlton.

2. Casa Monica, St. Augustine

Dreaming of getting married somewhere with old-world charm? As America’s oldest city, St. Augustine is a perfect choice. Casa Monica has breathtaking architecture and is an ideal destination for your magical affair.

3. The Gasparilla Inn & Club, Boca Grande

Many parts of Florida don’t always feel all that southern regardless of the geographical location. But you can still get the historical Southern charm for your nuptials in the Sunshine State. The Gasparilla Inn & Club is an ideal location, the resort dates back to 1913.

4. Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Lake Buena Vista

For brides that grow up dreaming of a fairy tale wedding, Walt Disney World is a perfect location. The picturesque Wedding Pavilion at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa overlooks Cinderella Castle.

5. The Palms Hotel & Spa, South Beach

For brides looking for a chic location for their hip and trendy nuptials, the Palms Hotel & Spa in South Beach provides the perfect venue.

6. Casa Morada, Islamorada

While some couples go for a large affair, others are looking for something a bit more intimate. With 16 suites, Casa Morada in Islamorada offers intimate weddings at the water’s edge.

Orlando Wedding Videography by McElroy Weddings

June 26, 2012 by  
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When McElroy Weddings finished 2011 with both the Bride’s Choice Award from Wedding Wire and the 2012 Best of Weddings from the Knot, Ben McElroy, owner and videographer, knew that his wedding videography firm was ripe for greater success.

“Closing the year out with so many positive reviews from our clients and the resulting awards told me that our philosophy and our product was working,” Ben explained. “With that success, I thought I’d open a new location using my connections in Florida.”

Ben graduated from an intensive film program at Full Sail University in Florida, allowing him to hand select videographers that could fulfill McElroy Weddings high standards for quality and affordability.

“I know the community, the culture, and the talent,” Ben described. “So it was a natural place to expand McElroy Weddings.”



The Benefits of Multi-Camera Wedding Videography

June 22, 2012 by  
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When you’ve chosen professional videography for your wedding, the first question often is ‘What package will best cover my wedding day?’ The answer is as different as each wedding is unique, but one thing will always be true: While an experienced McElroy videographer will capture a tremendous amount of detail, two or more videographers will capture that much more.

During your wedding service, 2 or more videographers will give your video editor more options to choose angles that best show emotions and reactions during such a powerful event. With multiple cameras, one can cover the Groom during the vows and the other the Bride, so, even years later when you pull your wedding DVD or Blu-ray off the shelf, you can see how you reacted to each vow and smile that your new partner cast your way. You can even relive the groom’s first reaction to his bride as she walks down the aisle. The ‘action/reaction’ edit is something we take for granted in movie and television storytelling, and can be yours for your entire wedding day.

Multi-Camera WeddingsIn the same way, 2 or more angles on your reception entrance, first dance, and cake cutting will allow you to keep important faces always in full view. Without facial expressions in clear sight, it’s hard to remember exactly how someone was feeling in the moment. Most human connections are made through eye contact. Don’t lose those important moments: Use more angles of coverage for your wedding.

Multiple videographers also allow coverage in separate locations. One camera can capture the bride and one the groom during the pre ceremony, or one camera can capture the session with your photographer while another films the cocktail hour with the rest of your guests. It’s always fun to see your guests’ reactions to your beautiful place settings, food, and interact with one another: All moments that you would normally miss while your being photographed.

Often times, the Bride and Groom get dressed and made up in separate houses or hotels and when that happens, it’s not really feasible for 1 videographer to cover both, so he or she will choose to cover only the bride or only the groom depending on the couple’s preferences.

In certain circumstances, small difficulties with single-camera weddings can arise.

Multi-Camera your CeremonyFor example, in Jewish tradition, often the service takes place under small and restricting chuppah. With the Bride, Groom, officiate, parents, and other wedding party members in such a tight space, it can be easy to have faces obstructed from view, but with multiple cameras at different angles, there’s a greater chance of keeping facial expressions within sight of a camera.In Hindu, Middle Eastern, and many Christian Orthodox traditions, many rites require the wedding party to change position or separate temporarily, making it difficult for 1 camera to cover everything.

Make certain that your ceremony, reception, and the rest of your wedding day is properly covered: When deciding on a video package for your wedding, consider the value of multiple cameras.

There’s only one opportunity to capture it all!

Top 10 Orlando Wedding Venues

June 20, 2012 by  
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Top 10 Orlando Wedding Venues (Not in any particular order)

As wedding videographers, we get access to some of the best resorts, hotels and other wedding venues in the Orlando area. Naturally, we get asked all the time where the best venues are. It so happens that Florida is a great location for residents and destination marriages and it’s hard to go wrong, but nevertheless, here is a short list of great Orlando venues for your consideration based on our experiences.

The Grand Bohemian orlando1. Bohemian Orlando – You know a venue is one of a kind when even the vendors at the Bohemian are treated well. Every stay is a memorable experience. From the arrival to the departure. The Staff is fantastic and very friendly and the wedding coordinators are very helpful and thorough. If you like the city feel for your wedding, this is your place. Seconds from many downtown landmarks makes the Bohemian a breath away from incredible formals. Lots of great pics can be found here and some nice formal shots from downtown: http://sarahbrayphotoblog.com/?p=1448







Gaylord Palms Orlando

2. Gaylord Palms Orlando – In our experience, shooting at Gaylord Palms is always an extravagant celebration. The resort features an enormous atrium filled with plants and wildlife. Footpaths & bridges to take you around from the hotel lobby to their mini downtown plaza of shops. Everything about this resort is high-class. Check out some amazing photographer here: http://www.brewerphotovideo.com/blog/2010/10/laura-joel-orlando-wedding-photographer-gaylord-palms/





jw marriott orlando

3. JW Marriott – Every bride and groom lucky enough to have their wedding at the Marriott knows how to throw a wedding! This Resort is located at the end of long rolling hills of a massive golf course. Walk into the JW and you find yourself in a marble lobby surrounded by grand chandeliers. This is one venue to keep in mind when planning an Orlando wedding or any grand event. Photographs can be found here: http://bethinsalaco.com/2012/05/15/jw-marriott-orlando-fl-wedding-allison-arno/




Rosen Shingle Creek

4. Rosen Shingle Creek – Knock on wood, we’ve always had great weather while shooting at the Rosen. The palm tree-lined path leading up to the secluded resort will take your breath away before you even set foot in the resort. The venue features a lovely courtyard, perfect for any wedding ceremony. The golf course makes for amazing formals and maybe a little fun the day before the wedding. Look at some amazing photos from this local photographer here: http://blog.ligaphotography.com/2008/11/dave-and-christies-wedding-october-11th-rosen-shingle-creek-orlando-fl/






The Peabody Orlando

5. Peabody Orlando – The Peabody is a behemoth of a hotel. The detail of the architecture and the natural light that pours in from the crisp Florida sun creates a perfect backdrop for your formals. Here’s a photographers blog with lots of fantastic photos to give you an idea: http://www.kristenweaverblog.com/weddings/jess-and-mj-married/







The Ritz-Carlton Orlando6. Ritz Carlton Orlando – What can we say about this one? It’s the Ritz! This is one of the topnotch venues in the Orlando area. The grounds and landscaping are meticulously kept. The staff . . . phenomenal. Pretty much a must for any elegant bride. Positioned outside of the city and among some of the best resorts in the state, the Ritz stands out from the crowd. Take a look at some photos here: http://www.jetfeteblog.com/north-america/weddings-ritz-carlton-orlando






The Courtyard at Lake lucerne

7. Courtyard at Lake Lucerne – This hidden gem located seconds from downtown. The grounds of this estate feature a romantic estate carved into secluded lawns, perfect for an outdoor ceremony. Their distinct wedding venue is tucked right underneath the 408, but by no means does it lack appeal. Simply gorgeous! As always, here’s some photos: http://www.damontuccisblog.com/?p=824





Orlando World Center Marriot

8. Orlando World Center Marriott – This venue stands out for many reasons. First, you can see the venue’s beautiful skyscraping structure from the I4. But that’s not all: Acers of lush greenery including golf courses and beautifully landscaped lawns surround the venue, providing sweeping landscapes for your formals. Award-winning service and culinary expertise is impeccable for the bride that wants it all! Photos here: http://lovespecialevents.com/2010/12/orlando-world-center-marriott-weddings/





Orlando Waldorf Astoria9. Orlando Waldorf Astoria – As soon as you enter the lobby you may think “Something looks familiar” . . . and you’d be right if you’ve ever been to the Waldorf in New York. The old clock that adorns the lobby is an exact replica of the Waldorf in NY. This venue is one of the hottest up and coming venues in the parks area. Removed from the hustle and bustle of downtown, the Wofdorf has all the amenities that our clients are looking for. Photos: http://bonnetcreekblog.com/2010/04/14/waldorf-astoria-orlando%E2%80%99s-first-wedding-celebration/






Hyatt Orlando10. Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Orlando – Last but certainly not least on our list is the Hyatt. The pyramid style venue certainly creates architectural interest. But don’t let the exterior fool you: Inside, space abounds for your wedding. From grand ballrooms to elegant landscaping, complete with pools and trees, this resort also features a beautiful atrium & terrace with a view of Lake Buena Vista. Quite the amazing venue! http://www.haringphotography.com/blog/blog-home-wedding-photography/neha-and-praveen-hyatt-regency-grand-cypress-orlando-wedding-photography/

McElroy Weddings Expanding to Florida

May 18, 2012 by  
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McElroy Weddings is Expanding to Orlando Florida

With the countless satisfied brides in the Boston Area, McElroy Weddings is expanding its operation to Orlando, Florida. Coming out of an impressive 2011 season with over 100 weddings booked. Our sites are high as we look for new markets to deliver high quality professional wedding videos in.

Orlando is a perfect fit for McElroy Weddings. Founder Benjamin J. McElroy is a Full Sail Alumni. Spending most of his time in Winterpark and Orlando Florida for most of his education made him want to come back to the community and work with the professional Bridal market. Ben started his career in high school as a documentarian, filming abroad in Turkey, Israel, Greece, and India for Open Air Campaigners, His Land Israel Tours, and The People’s Baptist College and Seminary. His college experience included the New York Film Academy, Full Sail University in Orlando and UMass Lowell. Ben won the National Press Photographers Award for outstanding photography during his time with the Lowell Sun and also spent time with the Associated Press, Manchester Union Leader, and Time Warner. His recent corporate videography includes pieces for Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Newt Gingrich 2012, the Greater Boston Real Estate Board, the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America, the Fenway Health Institute, the New England Pediatric Center, and the Habitat for Humanity.


McElroy Weddings’ Parent Company McElroy Films is an award-winning video production company based in Boston, MA. It employs 4 Post Production Editors, 4 videographers, 2 Producers and Sales & Marketing Staff. McElroy Films is a producer of high definition video for corporate, educational, non-profit, wedding, music video, and independent film use. Serving the Massachusetts and New England area, McElroy Films’ mission is to keep high definition video affordable without sacrificing quality. Ben McElroy and his staff take pride in their client-first approach and personalized attention to every project.

Wedding Videography Demo Reel

May 15, 2012 by  
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