Monday, September 30, 2013

Pratt Place Wedding Portraits of Whitney and DJ

Hey everybody!

The weather was so perfect for Whitney and DJ's wedding! There was such a nice breeze when we were doing portraits, and the overcast lighting, mixed with a bubbly bride made our job easy!!! Whitney is so excitable, we always have so much fun taking her picture! Pratt Place Inn has such gorgeous grounds; you don't have to go far for a beautiful portrait spot! We enjoyed our time and I think you can tell...

Talk to you soon,

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Pratt Place Wedding Reception of Whitney and DJ

Hey everybody!

Whitney and DJ's reception at Pratt Place Barn was like no other reception I've photographed there.  The mirrored table runners and crystal was so elegant, and her chargers were to die for!  Here's a shot of what I'm talking about...

I'm a sucker for long tables. I had them at my wedding reception in Florence, Italy, and Whitney put them to perfect use here.  This is now one of my all-time favorite Pratt Place Barn wedding shots...

As I was shooting details of the reception inside Pratt Place Barn, I heard murmur of a gorgeous sunsetty sky outside.  I popped my head out and gasped as I grabbed our couple and told them I needed them for "literally 30 seconds" as I shot them against it.  I die.

Seriously, folks. The sky is total madness.

Don't you just LOVE this set up? Long tables for the win!!

Remember the balloons from yesterday? They were re-purposed to perfection affixed to the chairs of the bride and groom.

After a tasty dinner, it was time to do some dancing.  DJ and Whitney were adorable during their first dance as husband and wife.

Heads up!

I love the kids in this picture... especially the one who is getting a lesson in garter removal. :)

Not really sure why I'm throwing this one in there. Nothing special about it except that Mere and I always forget to take our own picture. Nic from NILO thought a photo bomb was in order.

Oh hey... let's play a little air guitar, shall we?  S'cute!!

I'm including multiple going-away shots today because I have a major case of the indecisions.  That's a thing, right? Well anyway, here's Meredith's pretty little shot.

And I decided to go artsy and get a silhouette shot.  Kinda love it.

This last shot was Whitney's idea, and my execution.  So fun, right? So fun.

Okay... portraits are coming up.  And trust me... you'll wanna see these!!

Talk to you soon,

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Pratt Place Barn Wedding Details + Story of Whitney and DJ

Hey everybody!

I've shot more weddings at Pratt Place Barn than probably just about any other wedding venue, so you'd think I'd seen it all, but I haven't! Once again, our fabulous clients have amazed me with a gorgeous vision that became a real wedding that could take your breath away! I'm spreading Whitney and DJ's wedding story over two days so you can take in the full effect of what they created. Today I'm sharing the wedding ceremony at Pratt Place Inn. Such a dream. (okay, okay, I mixed in a few reception details... enjoy your sneak peek!)

I love anything and everything from Rifle Paper Co., including these "Will you be my Bridesmaid" cards.  To die for!  And how about this chalkboard sign.  Some days I wish I could have another wedding of my own just so I could have these fabulous wedding details.

LOVE her Tori Burch shoes (can you see my reflection???) and her wedding dress hanger not only has her new name, but the wedding date. So sweet!

And guess what... it's FALL y'all!!  I picked up a fall leaf on my way in to Pratt Place in and stuck it in my shootsac.  Little did I know it would inspire this wedding ring shot! Yay!

Oh my word... Whitney is such a stunner!! Mere always captures great getting-ready moments!

The Pratt Place Inn has a gorgeous staircase that is pretty much perfect for a special first look for the bride and groom.

Darling, darling, darling little flower girls. 

I always wonder what the dad says as he's walking his daughter down the aisle (they've got a big job... keep the bride from being a blubbering mess). I always put myself in the dad's place and wonder what it is I'll say when I walk Ellie and Cece down the aisle. Don't get me started!

Mere got access to one of the rooms at Pratt Place Inn overlooking the ceremony for this gorgeous shot.

Meanwhile I hung out below capturing sweet moments like this!

How FUN is this bridal party?!  Balloons, balloons, balloons make me happy.

Balloons, balloons, ballons I love you (that's from Yo Gabba Gabba, Cece's favorite show... but so fitting here).  I'm dying over this sweet time Whitney got to spend with her bridesmaids on the wedding day being fun and silly!

Isn't she a dream-come-true?

Okay, that's it for today! Come back tomorrow for a breathtaking Pratt Place Barn reception!!

Talk to you soon,

Oh, look! One more pic... one of our favorites (of all time!) couples, Brittany (Whitney's bridesmaid) and Chase with their new son, John Grady! What a happy family!!

Friday, September 27, 2013

Southern Ground Music and Food Festival

Hey everybody!

Greetings from Nashville! (Or is it Nosh-ville?!) Meredith and I have made the short drive to this beautiful city for a little work and a little play... You can mix those, right?

We're in town photographing a couple of amazing clients and also to hear some great music:

If you know us at all, you know our favorite musician is Jason Mraz, who is making a special appearance with the Zac Brown Band! Is it wrong that we decided to come merely based on that?

We are also obsessed with the show Nashville, and I have a celebrity crush on Clare Bowen (and Mere has a talent crush)! Well she is also playing with ZBB

Lastly (though, not really lastly) we learned about Lennon and Maisy long before they were on the same show, but fell in love with this little sister duo (especially after they recorded "I Won't Give Up" on their YouTube channel), and after I discovered they were performing too, I nearly exploded.

Can you believe I haven't talked about food yet? Y'all know my love for cooking, food, and chefs, and one of my super-faves will be here serving up a signature dish: Stephanie Izard. I adored her on Top Chef, and have been meaning to go to Chicago and eat at The Girl and The Goat!

Be sure to follow Mere and me on Instagram for mini updates! (@dalebenfield and @merebenfield)

Talk to you soon,

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Welcome Slone! {Newborn Portraits}

Hey everybody!

One of my all-time favorite couples on the earth welcomed a sweet little boy into the world on Sept 7! Chelsea and Tyler welcomed little Slone, who is as sweet as they come!
Chelsea had us come to their home and shoot some newborn portraits of the little sweetie; here are a few of my favorites!

Congratulations, sweet friends!!

Talk to you soon,

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Juliana's 1 year portraits

Hey everybody!

How cute is this sweet little one-year-old girl?! Don't you just wanna eat her up?

Talk to you soon,

Ice Skating with Cece!

Hey everybody! It's always a crap shoot when we decide to do something with Cece that she has never done before. Diagnosed with ASD...