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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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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…

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…

The Best Wedding Kiss perfects the start of a marriage. Sexy kisses or sweet kisses both show the love a couple shares. As such, I know capturing the perfect kiss is the single most important shot from the wedding. However, the Best Wedding Kiss might not be the moment they are pronounced as married. In…

Starting my photo career as a photojournalist, Best Wedding Moments are what it’s all about for me. I’ve always loved capturing moments in my life; it’s the main reason I got into photography as a career. Likewise, with wedding photography, I love the look on a groom’s face when he first sees his bride. Or,…

Shoes are seemingly a small part of the wedding budget, but these Best Wedding Shoes nominees make quite an impact. I happen to LOVE shoes, even though I don’t know the difference between a pump and a high heel (are they they same thing?). Regardless, I know immediately when I love a pair of shoes.…

NWA Wedding Venues have a new listing I’ve photographed at pretty much all the NWA wedding venues. So when I discover a new location, I try to photograph it asap so I can share it with y’all. One new place I’m really excited about is the Lodge at the Winery. Sassafras Springs Vineyard is already…

Girls pizza night at the Lodge at Sassafras Springs Vineyard

Happy Anniversary Katie and Ethan! This Fayetteville Town Center reception, with a dreamy Fall wedding at Old Main Lawn on the U of A campus, is one of my all time favorite weddings! Five years ago today, I found myself walking up the steps to Old Main lawn to a gorgeous sight of Fall Leaves.…

Fall wedding portrait in front of Old Main

A 3d flower bridal tattoo? How it all started… What started as a simple texted message from my florist friend, Julie, has grown into one of my all-time favorite wedding styled shoots. She had mentioned that she wanted to try a new idea: to have a bride literally wear flowers on her skin. I’d never…

bride with floral 3d tattoo wedding portrait at Osage House in Arkansas

It’s no secret that Fall is my favorite time for photography. The color of fall leaves in photos adds such a beautiful dimension to an already beautiful wedding, and Lauren’s wedding at a Barn in Joplin, MO, was the first of the fall season and I couldn’t wait to incorporate the beautiful yellows and oranges…

Fall wedding portraits of bride and groom

A Destination wedding… in ARKANSAS! When I learned Gina and Daniel were planning a destination wedding in Arkansas, I was so excited! Destination wedding in Arkansas is not always a common thing. You think of beaches or flights to the other side of the world when you hear destination wedding, but Arkansas has some of…

bride and groom kissing in front of a chapel cottage in Arkansas

How the Wedding Reception at the 1907 all began Emily was my hot yoga teacher, which is where I first met her. She followed me on instagram, so we became instagram buddies. Through that, I followed her love journey and when she announced she was getting married and having her Wedding Reception at the 1907,…

bright airy bride and groom kissing forehead at 1907 building

Pulling up to Morgan Creek Barn in Aubrey Texas for Katrina’s wedding, I remember getting butterflies. That often happens when I photograph weddings at new locations. I just get so inspired! Katrina and Will (aka the even better William and Kate, duh!) are precious and sweet and, just, LOVELY! Their wedding reflected that!

beautiful sunset portraits during golden hour with bride and groom

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