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Best Wedding Portrait Nominees: 11th Benny Awards

December 31, 2019

Filed in: Weddings

Best Wedding Portrait nominees were nearly impossible to narrow down. Spending time on the wedding day–just me and the couple–getting portraits is my favorite part of the wedding day. Because every wedding day is different, you never know what will jump out and inspire that perfect portrait. I get inspired by light, and also location. There are some incredible wedding venues in Arkansas, where all but 5 of these weddings were set. We live in a beautiful state that offers so much to a seasoned wedding photographer. The 5 that were set in other states easily inspired me, as new locations always do. From Missouri (my home state), to Oklahoma, to Jackson Hole, to Alaska… I’m so honored that my brides trust me to capture timeless wedding portraits for them.

Check out some of my favorite wedding portraits from my recent weddings. Each are nominated either because of a beautiful moment the couple is sharing in the portrait, or the picturesque location they chose for their wedding venue. I’m excited to see which images are your favorites when the voting is complete! Take a look at each of the nominees and vote below! You can vote one time per day, per device, so make sure to vote as many times as possible!

Bride holding groom's face is one of the Best Wedding Portrait nominees for this year's Benny Awards by Benfield Photography.
Oakley
Bride and groom holding big white balloons on their wedding day inside a white church is one of the Best Wedding Portrait nominees for this year's Benny Awards by Benfield Photography.
Tabrina
 Best Wedding Portrait nominees Ashley is being held by her groom outside the Inn at Carnall Hall in Fayetteville
Ashley
Abby and Austin are a Best Wedding Portrait nominee for this sunset portrait at the Ballroom at I Street in Bentonville.
Abby
Ally and Jesse snuggle on a gazebo in Bella Vista near sunset in this Best Wedding Portrait nominee.
Ally
This fall wedding portrait of Amanda and Cam show their gentle spirit in this Best Wedding Portrait nominee.
Amanda
Anna kisses her groom at sunset outside Horton Farms for this Best Wedding Portrait nominee.
Anna W
On a rainy day in South Arkansas, Anna and Thomas share a tender moment on an old bridge for their Best Wedding Portrait nominee.
Anna S
Ashton's dreamy floral arch was a stunning backdrop for their Best Wedding Portrait nominee.
Ashton
Glass chapels were huge in 2019, and Kaitlin's Best Wedding Portrait Nominee used it as a backdrop for a romantic forehead kiss from the groom.
Kaitlin
Joya and Wes, a gorgeous African American couple, share a sweet look during their Best Wedding Portrait nominee.
Joya
Emily and Cole had a charming boho reception at the 1907 Building in Rogers, AR. This moment capturing their kiss is a great Best Wedding Portrait nominee.
Emily
Gina picked St. Catherine's at Bell Gable for her destination wedding, and shares a kiss with her groom in front of a vintage Mercedes in her Best Wedding Portrait nominee.
Gina
Taylor and Adriana, a same-sex lesbian couple married in Hot Springs, Arkansas. This Best Wedding Portrait nominee was taken in front of L-O-V-E marquee letters.
Taylor
Heba got married at the Inn at Carnall Hall and wanted her portraits to be taken in front of Old Main on the U of A campus.  This shot of a romantic kiss is a great Best Wedding Portrait nominee.
Heba
Hema and Drew married in Bella Vista and shared this very romantic kiss with the wind blowing her veil in this Best Wedding Portrait nominated photo.
Hema
Walking a horse at sunset in her wedding dress, Lauren shared a beautiful moment with her husband, James near Jackson Hole, WY in their best wedding portrait nominee.
Lauren K
Jessica
Joeli
Morgan
Katherine
Katie
Katrina
Kaylee
Paige
Sarah
Cass
Juliette
Sidra
Lauren F

For some reason the poll for this one isn’t showing up, so here is a link to the poll directly: http://www.easypolls.net/poll.html?p=5e09742ee4b02c7a707a9acb

Other Benny Awards Categories:

Best Wedding Design Nominees

Bridal Bouquet Nominees

Best Bridal Portrait Nominees

Wedding Cake Nominees

Best Wedding Dance Nominees

Wedding Dress Nominees

Best Engagement Portrait Nominees

Wedding Getaway Nominees

Best Groom’s Cake Nominees

Wedding Kiss Nominees

Best Wedding Moments

Wedding Shoes Nominees

Best Wedding Portrait Nominees

And this year, I’m adding in two non-wedding portrait categories for your voting pleasure! While I’ve primarily been a wedding photographer for the past decade, many of my couples have gone on to have families. As my family and portrait clients have grown, I’ve felt an increasing need to represent them in the Benny Awards! This year I broke it into two categories:

Best Family and Baby Portrait Nominees

Senior and Style Portrait Nominees

Are you nominated?

If you are nominated, check your email! I’ve sent you details to our cocktail party / Benny Awards ceremony! To win in a category, all you need to do is get the most votes! Feel free to share this link with your friends and family (and neighbors, churches, etc). Also, previous winners harnessed the power of social media to help get votes; use instagram bio links and facebook posts to get more votes!

The voting is live now, and will go until January 14th. The winners will be announced following the annual Benny Awards ceremony in person on January 31st. Best of luck to all the nominees! It was an honor to serve you!

What are the Benny Awards?

The Benny Awards are an annual party Dale from Benfield Photography throws for his couples. At the party, the winners are announced for each category, such as best wedding kiss and best wedding shoes. This year he added two non-wedding categories because so many of this clients are already married and he wanted them to be represented.

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