Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween!!

Hey everybody!

If this is Friday: Happy Halloween!!!
If this is Saturday: get your pictures from Halloween to me! (I have lots of space in my email) Remember the winner gets a 50 dollar giftcard from Target!!!

Below, I put one of Mere and me, and one of Ellie (note: I have to thank 1980s Meredith for banging out some amazing hair on Ellie)

Talk to you soon!
Dale


We're (loosely) Edward and Bella Cullen, from the Twilight Series

My princess Ariel. Mere added some rockin' embellishments on the costume...

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Janelle and Aaron's Tulsa Engagement

Hey everybody! Two cool things in this singularly rockin' post.

First things first... Janelle and Aaron, our favorite upcoming Tulsa couple, had us in town recently for their fun engagement session. I'll soon be working on their engagement website, but I wanted to throw this teaser with a slideshow your way to see the great images we got of them.

Secondly, the song that you hear is by a good friend of mine and Meredith's, Adam Stanley. This song is the PERFECT engagement/wedding song! It's so catchy and fun! I'm pretty sure you'll listen to it again and again! Also, we recently photographed Adam so some of his images will be up here soon. In the meantime, check out his website: www.stanleymusic.com

Enjoy the slideshow!
Talk to you soon,
Dale

Monday, October 27, 2008

Bree and Donald tie the knot!



Hey everybody!

Let me tell you about the super-incredible Bree and Donald and their fabulous wedding.

First, some great details...

Bree with her girls - Going to the Chapel...

Walking down the aisle at Garvin Gardens with her father

How cute is this kiddo?!

I love the color the candlelight casts...

Portrait time!!



A couple first dance shots...


YAY!!! Lauren and Dusty!! We love them!!

I love Bree's expression! She had such a fun day!!!

Another, later-night portrait!

Some Kappa love!

Bree and Donald went Green with this biodegradable confetti!

I didn't get the memo to make a cute, surprised face (even Luke in the background was making it! ha ha ha)


We're excited to create Bree's couture album with all her great images! Their wedding was so fun because the two of them were so fun!!

Talk to you soon,
Dale

Brandi and Sergio tie the knot!

Hey everybody!

Every now and then I take a photo that is beyond me. This first photo is one of those. It's not any exception color or lighting or anything which makes this image so powerful. It's the meaning behind this photo that gets me every time.

I'm at a loss for words in trying to explain it - so just check it out. It's an image of a gorgeous lady, with Sergio's reflection in the frame. His voice cracked a little when he told me it was his mother, who passed years ago.


And here are some highlights from the day.






Talk to you soon,
Dale

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Halloween Contest!! Two More pics (again)!!!





Hey everybody! Keep 'em coming! I love the pics so far. We're moving the deadline to NEXT Sunday - Yay! So if you wanna try on your costume and send me a pic - that's cool. Or you can send me one from Halloween night too for your chance to win! Here are a couple faves so far: (most recent pics at bottom)









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Hey everybody!

Tonight Meredith and I were finally preparing for Halloween. We're not quite sure what to be. Help us! Show us what you're going to be!!

From now until Sunday night at midnight, I'm asking you to submit a picture of you, your dog, your kid, your mom, etc. to show off a funny or sexy or cutesie or scary costume.

The winner is going to get up to 50 dollars in Target-y goodness! I'm thinking the prize package should include:
a)movie of your choice
b)snacks
c)drinks
d)a smell-good candle
Everything you need for a fun date night or family night!
Just email your picture to me (I don't care what size!) dalebenfield@gmail.com

To get you in the spirit, here are a couple silly pics I got of Grover (who hated his costume because it was a bit too small. Enjoy, and send your pictures this weekend!!

Talk to you soon,
Dale



More new couples!

Hey everybody!
Meredith and I are excited for a few new couples who are having us photograph their 09 weddings! YAY!!

Kelleigh and Wayne - this couple was crazy about us, which made us crazy about them! They're so sweet and have great hearts!
April 4, 2009

Megan and Richard - We met Megan and her momma (who flew in from Chicago) a couple weeks ago after our friend and fellow photographer Crystal Goss referred us to them (thanks Crystal!) Now, Megan just has to find her dress (she says she's tried on about 70 dresses - I don't know if that's an exaggeration!). She seems super cool!
May 9, 2009

Hailey and Matt - Okay, so, Hailey is hilarious and fun and sassy. Our friend and former bride Lauren Mayhall referred her to us (Thanks Lauren!) Hailey and I have been chatting about her October 09 wedding non-stop since then (she lives in Texas, so we serve as her NWA liaison... ha ha ha). I'm super excited to hang out with them!
October 3, 2009

We're so excited about 2009!!
Dale

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Lacy's senior fashion portraits

Hey everybody!
Take a look at Lacy's senior portraits! She's such a cool, cool girl from Joplin High School and a former student of mine. I went to Joplin for this fun shoot, and had a great time! I think Lacy did too! Check 'em out!
Talk to you soon,
Dale









Sincerely Yours



Hey everybody!

It's time for a new vendor spotlight! Just a disclaimer, I don't do these because anybody asks me to. Nor do I do them because I expect anything in return from them. I do this because I find something that I think you all will like. Also, I'm a big believer in building each other up in the wedding business so that we can continue to grow and offer better services and products to our customers. Okay, on with the show...

There are lots of stationary/invitation places out there, even in Northwest Arkansas. However, one thing that sets Amy Hannon of Sincerely Yours apart is that she is super creative! I love looking at her new ideas every bridal fair I'm a part of; plus, she's got a great style that is similar to Meredith and mine.

More importantly, though, is her personality. I love it when people I work with are fun, outgoing, witty, and excitable. Amy is definitely each of these things! No wonder we hit it off right away! Also, she has a great heart! She is one of the super-sponsors of the Brides for the Cure (along with me and Jenessa Bailey). Lastly, she has a hilarious little family!

I've stolen some pictures from her website, but this is just a super small sample. Go there and see for yourself (especially if you're planning a wedding or event)! www.sincerelyyoursonline.net

Talk to you soon!
Dale

And now for the pictures, none of which I take credit for. First off, the lovely Mrs. Amy Hannon

Some super cool samples


Tuesday, October 21, 2008

32,000 hits! That's more than the Beatles!

Hey everybody!

What an exciting day I've had. Though I've been sick and have only a faint voice, not to mention I've been toning pictures and ordering albums all day, it's been a remarkable day!

When I logged in to my server last night I noticed a pretty high hit count for a Monday. To my surprise, the hits have continued non-stop today! So, I have a new record for hits in a day: over 32,000 (there are still a couple hours left). I can check the unique visitors so I know it's not somebody just hitting the refresh button... ha ha ha

I'm floored by the overwhelming support I get from you all! Don't let me ever stop thanking you for what you do to help Meredith and me: posting our pictures as your facebook profiles, myspace profiles, linking to us on your blogs, telling your friends and family, etc.

Meredith and I are so happy to have a job where we can be creative and do something we love and that we're kinda good at. ;) Please keep it up!

Talk to you soon!
Dale

Monday, October 20, 2008

Mandi and Josh tie the knot!

Mandi and Josh are one crazy couple! Mere and I had a lot of fun shooting their wedding a few weeks ago in Nevada, MO. Mandi is friends with a few of my friends from college, so it was nice to catch up with everyone! Mandi and Josh's little boy Collin is super cute, and kinda ornery. He was the ring bearer in the wedding and stole the show! More on that later...

First up, a few of Mere's famous detail shots...




A park bench always makes for great portraits...


And now, the for the aforementioned show-stealing: Collin greets the crowd gracefully.


Midway through the ceremony he decided to head up behind the alter and proceeded to blow all the candles out.


And now a couple more of the gorgeous couple!




Thanks, Mandi and fam! We had ridiculous fun spending the day with you all!

Talk to you soon,
Dale

Stone Chapel at Matt Lane Farm wedding: Anna and Shelton

Hey everybody! Wonderful wonderful. That's how I want to describe Anna and Shelton's wedding day at the Stone Chapel at Matt La...