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    Hey it's MERE!!!! I'm taking over the blog today to write about MY favorite images from Kirsten and Jordan's wedding! It's normal for Dale and I to have different favorites but we can usually incorporate a few of each.  We had SO MANY favorites it was crazy hard to choose! I think because we love the people in the images SO much that it makes every picture special....but alas, I narrowed it down to may favorite few and I'll explain why I love each one!

    Before I start I just want to thank Dale, Rachel, and Chelsey for doing SUCH a great job shooting the wedding so I could enjoy myself and be the matron of honor! Although at times, it was nearly PAINFUL to have a camera in my hand...I had complete trust in the 3 of you! And for good reason!

    First up, a timeless image of the couple. I guess I just love this because Jordan looks nearly giddy! He got such a gorgeous bride...what guy wouldn't be smiling from ear to ear?? AmIright?




    I had to include a pic of the Pratt horses. This proves that every single detail was thought of...down to decorating the livestock!! I love the motion of the raw silk ribbon. Pigmint outdid themselves, the flowers were breathtaking!


    I laughed out loud when I saw this pic of Jordan and two of his groomsmen. Classic Stuckey right there.


    Just another gorgeous picture of the ladies! The funny thing about this pic is that I was actually the one directing the shoot...while IN the frame! I gave up my camera but nobody said anything about me giving up control!!!!


    These flowers were EVERYTHING.


    I gasped when I saw this shot. It's perfect. They were praying together as The Sons Of Otis Malone played the softest and sweetest song. It was a moment. If you look to the left of the frame you can see I'm on the verge of the ugly cry. ((shocker!))

    P.S. Aren't you in LOVE with those white paper flowers?? Kirsten made them herself and fabulous wedding designer Jessica Kersey with Finishing Touch Event Design placed them perfectly!


    Right after the ceremony Kirsten's mom handed her the phone to Skype with her grandfather in England. It was kind of adorable.


    Just loved how easy and relaxed this portrait was. Dale really rocked it.


    My best friend is a SUPAH MODEL!!!! Can I get a slow clap for that dress?? Tesori found Kirsten the perfect dress! It's like it was MADE for her!!! And Kelly at Crown Beauty Bar helped complete her gorgeous look with hair and make-up.


    Ummmmm...in case y'all didn't know, my husband is an unbelievable sax player! The crowd went CRAZY when he hopped onstage with Boom Kinetic and played a few songs. It was a total surprise! That boy makes me so proud!
    Music was such a great running theme throughout the wedding day. The Sons of Otis Malone played as guests were arriving and during the ceremony. Barrett Baber played for guests during cocktail hour. And Boom Kinetic (with special guest, Dale Benfield! haha) totally rocked the reception! What a great lineup!!!


    The flower girl's dresses were pretty much to die for! They were custom made by the fabulous Lauren  of Vivi's Jewels. They were perfect in every way. Iris and Maebry were adorable in them!


    Cece wasn't too sure about walking down the aisle, and at the last SECOND we decided she'd walk down with me instead of the other two flower girls. Not pictured: Cece's ADORABLE floral crown from Pigmint. Pooooo! She wasn't having ANY of that crown! This is seriously the best picture there is of her...she hasn't learned to work the aisle just yet!




    Ok....is that the end?? Well, that's all the coverage for now but guess what?? There will be SO many more images available from this wedding on Pinterest!

    Here is a direct link to the pinterest board for the #stuckeypartyof2 wedding!! So pin away brides!

    Congratulations Kirsten and Jordan....I love y'all!!!

    ~mere














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    Hey everybody!

    Benfield Weddings Magazine is LIVE!  That means you can order your hard copy or digital copy right now!

    Gum.co/benny3


    And one of the most touching stories we've ever published...




    Talk to you soon,
    Dale


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    Hey everybody!

    We've got some travel dates coming up and if you're a Benny Bride (or even if you're not), and want to schedule a session somewhere other than NWA, read on!

    Here's a list of cities we'll be heading to over the next few months... if one of these locations jump out at you for an engagement, bridal, secret session, or proposal, email me for the exact dates: dalebenfield@gmail.com

    Cabo, Mexico: Today through Thursday!
    Dallas
    Chicago
    New Orleans
    Napa Valley
    Kansas City
    San Diego
    (possibly) NYC
    Phoenix
    Excellence Playa Mujeres (Mexico)

    Here's a shot from one of Mere's secret sessions that we have permission (obviously) to use. If you're at work... DON'T scroll down. :)

     Mere has such a gift, right?




    Talk to you soon,
    Dale


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    Hey everybody!

    I love pinterest! Not only is it a way to help our brides create fabulous weddings, it also is a great way for brides to find us!  That's how Taylor found us! She reached out to us from up in South Dakota to see if we were available for her wedding and we were!  So, we hopped on a flight and away we went!  From the minute we met Taylor in person, we adored her.  She was beautiful, fun, and sweet... just the way we like 'em!  Here is her wedding day details and story...



















    Talk to you soon,
    Dale


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    Hey everybody!

    A few more from this gorgeous couple.  And I mean gorgeous!  Taylor and Dominic were such a blast to photograph!  Check out their portraits below...












    Talk to you soon,
    Dale


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  • 08/20/14--11:00: Chad's Headshots


  • Hey everybody!

    So take a look at this future face of Hollywood! This is Chad and you may recognize him from:
    1.) His Texas wedding to (the always gorgeous) Signe Hugghins in July 2012.
    2.) He's also in the banner at the top of the page! :)
    3.) He is sorta kinda famous! (IMDB him!)
    We absolutely fell in love with him and his sweet wife a few years ago. He wanted us to shoot some new headshots for his acting career. Be looking for him on the big screen!









    Talk to you soon,
    Dale


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    Hey everybody!

    A few weekends ago when I was in California to shoot a wedding, I met up with one of my favorite teenagers in the world - Taffy! We took some portraits of this precious girl in Venice Beach and at the Santa Monica Pier. We had a blast! I absolutely ADORE her and think she is growing into the coolest little chica! Take a look at some of my favorites...









    Talk to you soon,
    Dale


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    Hey everybody!

    Ok, ok, ok... I couldn't pick JUST a few. How gorgeous is this girl?! Love her! Here are a few more faves...









    Talk to you soon,
    Dale


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    Hey everybody!


    It's that time of year again for Little Rock mini-sessions! We schedule these one time per year because we have so many great Little Rock families that we can't squeeze in during the year... and our new date has been announced: October 14th! There are again during the day (since the sun sets earlier in mid-October) starting at 2pm. We'll be doing what we did last year when it comes to scheduling: the first to book gets to pick their time, and will be scheduled on a first come-first served basis. If you want to snag one of these, here's your link to get it right away (last year they went FAST)! Just like last year, the images will be ready on or around Halloween, which is the perfect time to get Christmas Cards made!

    Here's the link to book:
    bit.ly/lrmini


    Talk to you soon,
    Dale

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    Hey everybody!

    I met the sweetest little boy the other day! Hudson was a little ham for my camera; I was worried that he was using up all his smiles during my first little meeting with him (before I started shooting) but he just kept on smiling the entire shoot! What a good baby!








    Talk to you soon,
    Dale


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    Hey everybody!

    Hailey and Zach's love story is one of my all-time favorites. Out of great tragedy can some some beautiful developments. During the EF-5 tornado that leveled much of Zach's and my hometown of Joplin, Zach kicked into reporter mode, providing information and aid for other Joplinites, as well as the rest of the world (he was on CNN the following day, and in countless newspapers all over the US). What touched me most was that he left his insurance law job to dedicate his time to his hometown, helping victims of the tornado with legal aid.  It was during this time that Hailey heard about Zach.  They became Facebook friends and later, met up for a drink. As we fast forward a few years, Zach and Hailey asked Meredith and me to come to Santa Barbara for their beautiful beach wedding! {I love happy endings.}

    Today, as my usual first post of a wedding, I'm going to set the scene for you.





    Over the next couple days, I'll be sharing even more (and some of my favorite portraits), so make sure to come back tomorrow!


    Talk to you soon,
    Dale


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    Hey everybody!

    Before I knew the real Hailey, I stumbled across her Instagram (@haileymj). She started popping up in Zach's feed and when I checked out her feed, I was like, "who's this adorable girl who posts pictures of her cute cats (Loki and Winston), cute new haircuts, cute selfies wearing eyeglasses, cute... cute... cute... you get the idea! Anyway, as she popped up in more and more of Zach's pictures, I got happier and happier for the guy.  He obviously deserved an amazing (and cute) partner.  And he got one!

    On the wedding day, Hailey was up to her cute ways (and I saw that she got her cuteness from her parents). Can you stand it?



    During their first meeting.  Too.much.cuteness.

    Her dad walking her to the beach to give her away...

    This location! This was my first wedding on the beach in Santa Barbara, and oh did I love it so! It was the perfect temperature, the perfect lighting, on the perfect beach.

    Looks like her cuteness rubbed off on Zach. Cute couple.

    After portraits (coming tomorrow!) it was an intimate party filled with sweet moments like these.

    One more of that proud papa with his daughter.

    You won't wanna miss their Santa Barbara beach portraits, friends! See you tomorrow!


    Talk to you soon,
    Dale


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    Hey everybody!


    It's portrait time for our lovely Hailey and Zach! When you have the perfect day, and the couple that says to you that they are down for whatever and are in no hurry... well, that's just about my favorite thing ever. Shooting a Santa Barbara wedding on the beach was such a treat for Meredith and me, but the real treat was spending the day with this couple. Truly.























    Talk to you soon,
    Dale


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    Hey everybody!
    Our darling friend Tressa is deep into wedding planning, which means it was time to photograph some engagements.  She has a clear, specific vision for her wedding day (and engagements) so we tailored the first part of her engagement shoot to align with it. I can't wait for you to see her vision come to life, but in the meantime, enjoy these engagements we photographed at Autumn Ridge Plantation! (cool new venue!)










    Talk to you soon,
    Dale


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  • 08/29/14--13:44: Tressa Engagement


  • Hey everybody!

    Classic... timeless... I just love these!  We did a few more black and white than we normally do because of the vibe we were getting in this shoot.  Love love love.
















    Talk to you soon,
    Dale


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    Hey everybody!

    Emily is such a sweetheart! She and her mom met up with me for her senior portraits and we became instant friends!  Then we start playing around all over Fayetteville and had the best time! Here are some of my favorites!





















    Talk to you soon,
    Dale


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    Hey everybody!

    One of our darling Benny Brides is expecting a baby!  Brittany and Blake, who had a beautiful wedding, are bringing a sweet baby girl into the world soon! We recently met up with them in Little Rock for her maternity pictures... have a look!

















    Talk to you soon,
    Dale


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    Hey everybody!

    One afternoon, Meredith brought in a dress for Cece (that is a regular occurrence) and I was kind of blown away. It was perfect and I couldn't wait to take Cece's picture in it! Meredith told it is a handmade dress from Elle+Ollie (I didn't know what that was, but boy do I now... haha!) It seriously is SO adorable, and totally Cece.


    Look... someone's ticklish. :)





    Talk to you soon,
    Dale

    P.S. Follow Elle+Ollie on Facebook here.


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  • 09/02/14--09:54: Slone's Year One Portraits


  • Hey everybody!

    The sweetest little boy is turning one! Slone, who has the coolest parents ever, is about to celebrate his first birthday (how do these kiddos grow so fast?!). Chelsea called to see if I could swing by to shoot some portraits of the little babe in time for his birthday party, and had the cute idea to bring a huge blue balloon to the session (props to Tyler who did the dirty work on getting this balloon there... TOTALLY worth it). :)  Enjoy!









    Talk to you soon,
    Dale


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  • 09/03/14--19:51: Miller's Newborn Portraits


  • Hey everybody!

    Today I'm bringing you another Benny couple with a growing family. Hillary and Steven just grew their little family by one beautiful boy!

    Isn't he the sweetest?

    Cutie booty.

    He woke up for a sec and was like whaaaat is this dude doing?  Then back off to sleep.


    I'm not sure what he was dreaming about, but I think it made him happy. Isn't this the best?




    Congratulations to this fun couple - they're going to be such great parents!


    Talk to you soon,
    Dale


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