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If you're looking for by a Northwest Arkansas wedding photographer, you've hit the right spot! Dale has been photographing Northwest Arkansas weddings for more than a decade. Also, he travels all over Arkansas, the US, and the world as a wedding photographer. His approach as a wedding photographer is capturing real moments and beautiful wedding portraits while becoming friends in the process. His photography is described as timeless, personal, story telling, and beautiful.



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Garden & Gather Florist is a new intimate and elopement floral business in Northwest Arkansas. I had the pleasure of teaming up with Garden and Gather Florist and Kate & Co. at the Garden Room recently. Tesori provided the dresses for this dreamy elopement. The florist set up a number of different table options for…

beautiful young bride in designer gown with backlit sunset light

Today my baby girl turns 16 years old. I’ve told myself that at least a hundred times today, because I heard once that if you hear something enough you start to believe it. Well, I can’t believe it. Have you ever had someone look up to you and love you unconditionally? Like, truly unconditionally? I…

I’m obsessed with this Ballerina Bride at Ballroom at I Street wedding. Maybe it’s because my daughter has been in dance her entire life and it propelled me into the future for her own wedding. Or maybe it is because Carmen, our ballerina bride model, is a stunning bride. Nevertheless, I love this bridal session…

Black bride in ballet shoes in a large white ballroom

The Aspen Mountain Wedding of Sam Bradford and Emma Lavy is still one of my all-time favorites! Not only is the couple so so cool (and gorgeous), but the mountain top wedding venue is totally out of a magazine! While I’d previously photographed weddings in Colorado, this was my first Aspen Mountain Wedding. I pray…

Aspen Mountain Wedding portraits of couple at sunset

Caroline and Christian’s Carnall Hall Wedding was originally scheduled for May, but because of Covid-19 the wedding was rescheduled for July… and it turned beautifully! The Details… This wedding dress from Low’s Bridal (Arkansas’ largest bridal shop) in Brinkley was stunning on Caroline. And her floral details from Jules Design Event Florals were breathtaking. I…

first dance outside at Carnall Hall

On Saturday I finally got to photograph a full reception and wedding at Osage House in Northwest Arkansas. And what a wedding it was! Light and bright and airy… this modern wedding was so dreamy! Peyton and Paige have been my friends for the past couple years, having met them at Puritan (coincidentally, that is…

sunset wedding portraits at Osage House

And Introducing Tyler Lucille: the most amazing woman in the world If there is one thing the birth of Scout Lucille taught me, it’s that’s I married a mighty, incredible woman. She is strong in EVERY way. Let me back up. She wrote in her birth plan that she wanted to be as natural as…

This Apollo on Emma Wedding was one of my favorite styled sessions of all time. Styled sessions are so fun because it gives me a chance to play around at a wedding venue with a gorgeous couple, and to work with some of my favorite vendors. This romantic, moody wedding was styled with deep greens…

Apollo on Emma Wedding styled in Green and Gold

As a former newspaper journalist, I’ve grown to have real disgust at trite expressions. That being said, what a difference a year can make. This time last year was rough… This time last year I was unmarried, had just lost a huge account (which was 1/2 of my photography income) and wasn’t going to church.…

It’s that time of year again: time to vote on your favorite wedding images of the year for the Benny Awards! The winners in each category are real Benny couples, who win real prizes, like canvases, prints, and photo sessions! Not to mention bragging rights! I’ve set the voting for the Benny Awards to be…

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.…

The Best Wedding Designs category is probably my most favorite. I’m always in awe of how wedding visions come together, usually with the help of a really great wedding planner. For example, I love seeing a single vision carried throughout the wedding day. Likewise, I try to capture all these little details that mean so…

The Best Engagement Portrait category is probably my favorite. Actually, I get asked often what my favorite thing to photograph is, and my answer is always engagement pictures. I love being an engagement picture photographer because it gives me time to get to know my couples. By connecting with them during the engagement shoot, it…

I photographed my own lovely bride’s bridal portraits this year, but I didn’t want to be biased and add hers to the Best Bridal Portrait nominees. However, we have a lot of beautiful brides for this years Benny Awards. Having bridal portraits taken is fun because most brides get their hair and makeup done. It’s…

These Best Wedding Dress nominees this year are incredible. As it turns out, I happen to know a lot about wedding dresses. The things I’ve learned over the years about dresses allows me to have intelligent conversations about them. However, all I know is that sometimes I love a dress and don’t know how exactly…

Florists created art when they mad these Best Bridal Bouquet nominees. I don’t have the talent of arranging flowers. Furthermore, I am often amazed how floral designers can create such masterpieces with their raw ingredients. For example, the complimentary color palettes seem to fit together so flawlessly. We have a lot of great talent here…

There is so much artistry in these Best Wedding Cake nominees. In addition looking good, they always smell up the room with a lovingly fragrant smell. Oh, and did I mention they happen to taste amazing? It’s no wonder cakes are essential to the perfect wedding reception. These cakes are all stunning. They were easy…

These Best Wedding Dance nominees are everything I wish I could be. I’m only kind of kidding. If you’ve been to a wedding I photographed, you’ll know that I love to dance. You’ve seen me on the dance floor, albeit with a camera in hand. I like to think I can dance, but I know…

I think the reason I like the Best Wedding Getaway category is that I love the idea of leaving in style. Finishing the ceremony or reception on top and having all your friends and family there cheering you on to the next life adventure is really cool. Because not every wedding has a formal leave,…

By promoting the Best Groom’s Cake ideas below, I’m on a mission to get groom’s cakes at every single wedding I shoot. However, I don’t eat cake. Because I’m vegan, I haven’t eaten cake at a wedding in years. That being said, I think it’s important to have a groom’s cake at every wedding. Why…