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Arkansas wedding photographer and Los Angeles wedding photographer and Benfield Photography serving Northwest Arkansas, Southern California, and the rest of the world.
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    Hey everybody!

    Here we go with this dream Italian wedding in Florence at Villa Le Piazzole - Just a warning, it's a mega post.  There are just so many incredible moments and beautiful sites (like the most insane long table I've ever seen)... I just want to share it ALL with y'all!

    First up, if you missed the portrait post from yesterday, please scroll down after this post - I really want you to see those! Here's a teaser...



    The details from this day were impecabble.


    Ford received some gorgeous Fleur de lis cufflinks from his bride, as well as a handwritten letter that choked him up a bit.  So sweet.


    Emily is a stylish bride, and I'm pretty obsessed with all her personal details.


    Her sister Caroline's halo was pretty to die for as well.


    These moments are everything.


    Such happiness!


    The best table I've ever been a part of, hehehe!


    Sometimes when I shoot, I capture a moment that I literally stop and thank God I was in the right place at the right time.  This is one of those moments.


    The venue was just as spectacular at night. Villa Le Piazzole is a dream wedding venue, y'all.


    The couple helped the pasty chef with the traditional Italian wedding cake.  I love hands-on elements during wedding days.


    Bravo!


    Probably my favorite shot of the day - one that sums up the happiness and love between Ford and Emily.




    Talk to you soon,
    Dale


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  • 09/14/17--13:33: DIY Pizza Party in Florence


  • Hey everybody!

    Emily and Ford really treated their guests to such an amazing experience: they had a pizza chef come and teach everyone how to make and fire their own pizzas, with the most fresh and incredible ingredients. Oh... and wine. Lots of incredible wine.





    Talk to you soon,
    Dale


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    Hey everybody!

    I have the honor of sharing the first ever outdoor garden wedding at Integrity Hills at Big Cedar with you today! Lauren and Mike chose a beautiful day for an outdoor wedding, and the landscaping at Big Cedar Integrity Hills was nothing short of breathtaking. I already love shooting at Big Cedar (they have the absolutely best and nicest staff), so this weekend was so fun for me.

    Erin and her team executed this vision flawlessly - this room was gorgeous...

    This sunset was insane! I of course had to bring the couple outside from their reception to be photographed with it.  Wow.

    And my favorite, romantic portrait from the day - we off-roaded it a bit for this location

    How precious are Lauren and her girls. The most.

    But the shy flower girl stole my heart.  What a sweet heart!

    This moment. Everything.

    The area outside at Integrity Hills was a stunning location for a wedding with an incredible view.

    I mean, c'mon.  Dream outdoor wedding.











    Then we were back inside for the reception - Boom Kinetic brought the party, and Lauren and Mike brought the sweet moments.

    But wait... there's more! Lauren and Mike surprised their guests with a fireworks show!



    Near the end of the night, Lauren's siblings surprised her with... well, I'm not sure exactly.  But it was hilarious and fun!




    Talk to you soon,
    Dale


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    Hey everybody!

    Wonderful wonderful. That's how I want to describe Anna and Shelton's wedding day at the Stone Chapel at Matt Lane Farm.  JLK weddings ran the day so smoothly, which let me be at ease to shoot the way I love to shoot: capturing special moments and beautiful portraits.  For the 500th-ish wedding in a row, I found some great light for my couple - and even some Benny Backlight! Come along as I relive Anna and Shelton's wedding day.  (oh, and gorgeous dress from Tesori in Fayetteville!)





    Talk to you soon,
    Dale


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    Hey everybody!

    I'm excited to announce that I am hiring a part-time creative assistant (position is in Fayetteville, AR)!  I'll train the right candidate in all the Benfield Photo ways.  I'm looking for someone smart and eager, who loves to connect people and things, who is creative and is always looking ways to flex some creative muscle.

    To apply, just email me your resume and little bit about you (a cover letter, of sorts): dale@benfieldphotography.com

    I'm looking to start interviewing right away and closing it once the position is filled. So time is precious!





    Talk to you soon,
    Dale


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    Hey everybody!

    Y'all... I've been all over lately, and I love it! I'm finally settled back in Fayetteville and getting caught up on all my editing, and first up is the darling momma and daughter I got to hang out with in Atlanta a couple weeks ago.  We met at a park where the leaves were dynamite and there was plenty of things to play on, so clearly we had a blast. :) . Have a look at my faves:









    Talk to you soon,
    Dale


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    Hey everybody!

    Obsessed is an understatement. This couple is total goals. I didn't realize how much I loved Atlanta until I spent time running around the city with Joya and Wes shooting their engagement portraits. Atlanta is full of colorful spots and incredible views. Check out these adorable portraits of this gorgeous couple!











    Talk to you soon,
    Dale


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    Hey everybody!

    I loved shooting these Fayetteville senior portraits with Erin!  She is super photogenic and a total sweetheart! Fall was in full effect for her portrait session, so we took advantage. Here are a handful of my favorites:











    Talk to you soon,
    Dale


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    Hey everybody I made a new friend!
    Of course everyone knows my affinity for fashion, but Emily (you'll know her from the "Sweetest Thing Blog" http://www.thesweetestthingblog.com) far surpasses me. We headed to downtown Bentonville for this session, and it was phenomenal! After all, it is only appropriate that the blogger herself gets blogged about! These are the first set of some of my favorite pictures from the afternoon! Enjoy:)











    Talk to you soon,
    Dale


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    Hey everybody!

    Update: still making friends! Emily (from The Sweetest Thing Blog) and I had a great time grabbing coffee at Onyx in Bentonville and  walking downtown, truly living our very best life! And picking up a few fashion tips (duh!). We also have a few other shoots planned for the future that I'm super pumped about... stay tuned!  In the meantime, check out these gems:
















    Talk to you soon,
    Dale


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    Hey everybody!

    I mean Y'ALL. Can it get any better than a vineyard session? Sassafras Springs hit it out of the park. I had tons of fun with these ladies from Impressions, the venue was gorgeous and so are they! There's nothing to "wine" about here! Always love working with Reagan (follow her blog here). Raise your glasses and take a look at some of my favorite shots.










    Talk to you soon,
    Dale


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    Hey everybody!

    If you follow me on instagram (@dalebenfield), you saw that I recently got to spend a few days in NYC. While there, I was so happy to see my LONGtime friend Sidra, and meet her boyfriend Sean. They are a precious (and brilliant and driven) couple and I insisted that I shoot some portraits of them during my stay. The Big Apple has so much to do and see, and so many backdrops for couple's portraits. We meandered around their neighborhood of Long Island City and shot with some really amazing views. Check out a few of my favorites below.

    ALSO! BONUS! I'll be back in NYC and have a couple spots available for December 8th for mini sessions. If you're in NYC and want some gorgeous portraits, hit me up (email: dale@benfieldphotography.com). If you are NOT in NYC, but know someone who is, hit THEM up! ;)





    Talk to you soon,
    Dale


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    Hey everybody!

    The summer before 10th grade started, I remember getting up mega early for the first day of band practice (which sounds way cooler than what it actually was: band camp). My nervous hands held my saxophone as I reported to my group of other saxophone players. Since I act out in nervous situations by either being funny or bad, I made quick friends with Tabrina, who has the best laugh.  She and her group of 11th graders welcomed me with open arms (after I got told to "shape up or ship out" from the band director).  That group of friends added so much to my high school days.  V thankful for them.

    Since then, Tabrina and I have stayed in touch, and I've been so happy to see her find Andy. They made the drive from Oklahoma to Fayetteville for their engagement portraits and we braved an insane temperature drop and some crazy wind to get some pretty rad portraits.  Here are a few of my favorites.








    Talk to you soon,
    Dale


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    Hey everybody!

    I am lucky to get some of the last of these beautiful fall colors with all four members of the Pannell family;). It was a great session to send us from fall into winter, and almost the end of the year if you can believe it! Here's a preview of some of my personal favorite shots, enjoy!:)








    Talk to you soon,
    Dale


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    Hey everybody!

    What do you think of when you imaging a wedding reception in an airplane hangar? Among other things, I imagined a bridal gown that was going to look black by then end of the night. But that was not the case with Meredith and Hunter's Stuttgart wedding. Shawna Young and her team at Young Designs transformed the outdoor air location in a dreamy wonderland fit for a bride as beautiful as Meredith. This mega post is going to take you through the story of her Stuttgart wedding, as well as show you some beautiful outdoor portraits we were able to shoot (thanks to Arkansas' unusually warm December), and also the immaculate wedding details. Enjoy!





    Talk to you soon,
    Dale


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    Hey everybody!

    Abby and Austin could be some of the only people to improve the perfect scenery offered by Crystal Bridges Museum and fall in the Ozarks. Shooting the young, smitten couple proved to me that Christmas tree farms, and the Christmas season in general, serve as one of the great backdrops for a love that could only be described as picture-perfect.
















    Talk to you soon,
    Dale


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    Hey everybody!

    I can not be MORE obsessed with this lifestyle session I did with Benny power couple Sloane and Zach Hocker!  OBSESSED!  This is my new favorite type of shoot to do when the weather is oh so cold outside.  Email me if you wanna book an in home session to TREAT YO SELF! dale@benfieldphotography.com . Now, enjoy the rest from this session!













    Talk to you soon,
    Dale


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    Hey everybody!

    I'm super super thankful that I've been able to team up with Impressions Online Boutique this year to create some killer images and shoot at some really fun locations.  Recently we teamed up to photograph the Impressions Christmas fashion collection. I'm really obsessed with how these turned out so I just had to share!  Enjoy!



















    Talk to you soon,
    Dale


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    Hey everybody!

    Christmas is almost upon us (yessss!!!), and I, for one, am so excited. I mean, is there anything in this world better than Christmas?! I'm a very sensory-driven person, so when Emily told me she wanted to do a shoot of her making potpourri with her husband, John, I was all in! You can check out her potpourri recipe on her blog (it's super simple, and smells insane!). Check out her blog here, and check out my favorite pics down below :)






















    Talk to you soon,
    Dale


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    Hey everybody!

    I was going to start this blog post about Kathleen's wedding at the Graystone Quarry with a terrible pun: this wedding rocked. Haha, I decided against it... ... ... but did I?

    It really was an incredible day.  My brother and I arrived at noon and were so sweetly welcomed by the owner and staff as we made our way into the room you see below...





    Then I made my way over to Kathleen while my brother went to hang with the guys.  Y'all look how gorgeous this bride is.
    And this laughing picture makes me SO happy. 
    The guys were hilarious, and may or may not have tried to hop in the boat to paddle around before the wedding (don't worry, they were talked out of their shenanigans)
    Wow. This dress... this bride...

    ... and these shoes...
    Completely obsessed.



    I am obsessed with the setting here.  Though we were right outside of Nashville, Graystone Quarry looks like something you'd find in the Pacific Northwest.


    This one is maybe my favorite.  WOW.

    Oh wait... maybe this one. I actually got in trouble for this because we were too close to the edge. I honestly didn't know I wasn't supposed to be here, and though it got this sick shot, I hope I get invited back to Graystone Quarry if I solemnly swear to be good. ;)


    I love shooting with my brother because while we have similar styles, we shoot at different angles.  Here's his shot of the first kiss as husband and wife...
    And here's mine...
    hehehehehe...
    After the ceremony, the staff and Graystone Quarry drove us around the property in a golf cart and allowed us to shoot in some really amazing locations.




    Pretty obsessed with this one too. Not my normally pose, but I really wanted to show their love and the back of the dress :)
    I made a cool collage at the top of this post, but here are a few more details from the reception...



    And sweet moments...


    Another reason having two photographers is a great idea...




    James Franco look alike?  That shirt is 100.




    Congratulations JD and Kathleen! We are so honored to have spent your day with you!


    Talk to you soon,
    Dale


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    Hi Daddy's followers!

    One of my favorite Christmas sayings has always been: Jesus is the reason for the season.

    It's sweet, it rhymes, and there is so much meaning behind it. December, to me, is the time for celebrating Jesus' birthday, hanging out with family and appreciating all of the things we take for granted everyday (AND Star Wars marathons ;)). So, I would like to take a minute and talk about a few of the things I am thankful for.

    1) My mama and daddy. I am so blessed to have y'all as parents because you care about me and support me no matter what! Thanks for being my built in, lifelong best friends and exposing me to the BEST music.

    2) My beautiful (inside and out), silly little sister, Cece. Thank you for being my fave little princess and teaching me to love without words.

    3) And best of all... Jesus. You are my savior, who loves me unconditionally and I thank you for that more than anything ever.


       



    Cece, you are the absolute sweetest.





    I love this bracelet from my dad with the autism puzzle piece charm.





    "Give thanks with a grateful heart"
    1 Thessalonians 5:18


    Merry Christmas,
    Ellie


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    Hey everybody!

    Emily is absolutely KILLING it with her family for this year's edition of Christmas cards. What a beautiful family in a beautiful city. Christmas is so close! May your holidays be merry and bright, just like these pictures!






    Talk to you soon,
    Dale


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    Hey everybody!

    Celebrating a new life in New York-there aren't words to express. This couple was so awesome to shoot, and can you really beat Central Park? They're great, these pictures are great, and y'all are great. Take a look!










    Talk to you soon,
    Dale


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    Hey everybody!

    There is NOTHING more picturesque than a rooftop session-the lights, the skyline in the background-it's just perfect. Elle Harper is so fantastic, and I can't wait to go back to New York City! Here's some of my favorite shots:









    Talk to you soon,
    Dale


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    Hey everybody!

    I love hosting the Benny Awards so much!  This is my 10th year to celebrate my wedding couples by nominating my favorites in different categories and letting y'all vote on them - the winners receive real prizes, so you're doing some real good!  Here are the nominees for one of the biggest categories: Best Wedding Portrait...

    Go vote now!  www.benfieldphoto.com/bennyawards





    Talk to you soon,
    Dale