For Photographers, Wedding Planning, Weddings

May 23, 2022

A Photographer’s Ultimate Wedding Checklist

L'auberge Del Mar luxury wedding at night required advanced planning to execute perfectly.

In today’s post, I’m going to share my Luxury Wedding Photographer‘s Ultimate Wedding Checklist. Do you ever wonder how a photographer prepares for a wedding? Obviously, As a Northwest Arkansas Wedding Photographer, I don’t just wake up on a given wedding day morning and hope everything goes perfectly. There is a lot of time, energy,…

Wedding Planning, Weddings

May 19, 2022

Wedding First Looks You Don’t See Everyday

Designer Bride's first look with her bridesmaids on the wedding day as she descends the royal staircase at Hillside Estate in Texas

About Wedding First Looks I’ve photographed hundreds of Wedding First Looks (that’s not an exaggeration) over the course of my career. And recently I blogged about “Should I have a first look at my wedding” which offered some pros and cons to seeing your spouse before the wedding ceremony. Today, however, I’m sharing alternative wedding…


May 18, 2022

5 Best Non-Sticky Self Tanner Recommendations

Non-Sticky Self Tanner Recommendations by Amanda Stanton, as shown in her engagement photo kissing her fiance Michael Fogel

Today I’m sharing some Non-Sticky Self Tanner Recommendations for the wedding season that is upon us. Most self-tanners are sticky and feel yucky and awful. However, there are a handful out there that come highly recommended. One of my Benny Brides, Amanda Stanton (from the Bachelor) recently shared her top five Non-Sticky Self Tanner Recommendations…


May 17, 2022

Should I Have a First Look At My Wedding?

first look with Emma and Sam Bradford at their wedding in Aspen

Should I Have a First Look? Every bride asks herself this question. Because so much of the day is planned out well in advance, this question becomes one of the first every bride must answer. I’m going to go into the pros and cons of having a first look with your groom on the wedding…


May 7, 2022

Wedding Portraits at Allenbrook Farms for J+Z

Sunset golden hour wedding portraits at Allenbrook Luxury Venue in Franklin TN.

Can we call Wedding Portraits at Allenbrook Farms the big finale? After yesterday’s fireworks sendoff from the wedding reception, well, that was hard to beat! But I’ll do my best. We actually spent two times capturing Wedding Portraits at Allenbrook Farms on the wedding day: one, directly after Jenny and Zac’s first look. Then we…


May 6, 2022

Allenbrook Farms Wedding Story for J+Z

bride and groom kiss amongst their wedding party after being announced husband and wife at Allenbrook Farms luxury wedding venue

This Allenbrook Farms Wedding post for Jenny and Zac is going to be a monster post! There were so many wonderful and sentimental moments I captured, and I’m excited to share them all with you. Over the past couple of days on the blog, I’ve set the scene in this wedding sneak peek… And I’ve…


May 5, 2022

Allenbrook Farms Wedding Details of Jenny + Zac

Flat lay of wedding details including wedding invitation, brides shoes, grooms shoes, and florals.

Today we are setting the stage with Allenbrook Farms Wedding Details from J+Z’s wedding. I had never been to Allenbrook Farms before, but their website got me excited and inspired. One Detail to Rule Them All (and no, it’s not the rings, lol) One of my very favorite details, not just from this wedding but…


May 4, 2022

Allenbrook Farms Luxury Venue in Franklin TN: Wedding Sneak Peek

Luxury wedding portrait of bride and groom outside Allenbrook Luxury wedding venue in Franklin TN. The groom is twirling his bride.

Allenbrook Luxury Wedding Venue in Franklin TN: Details Sneak Peek There is a Luxury Venue in Franklin TN, about 30 minutes outside of Nashville, called Allenbrook Farms. Jenny and Zac chose this beautiful location to start their marriage together, and I can see why. It is a unique wedding venue with a lot of beautiful…


May 3, 2022

Handcrafted Luxury Wedding Album

Sunset golden hour wedding portrait of bride and groom after their wedding ceremony at The Hillside Estate in Cross Roads, TX

As a luxury wedding photographer, it is very important to me to offer a luxury wedding album product for my Benny brides. In this post, I cover the whats, the shoulds, the whys, and the hows of wedding albums. What is a Luxury Wedding Album? First, let’s discuss what a luxury wedding album actually is.…


April 29, 2022

Can I Rent a Designer Wedding Dress?

beautiful beaded berta bridal gown might be available for rent for your wedding, as seen her by the bride getting laced up for her wedding

If you’re planning a luxury wedding you might ask yourself, “Can I Rent a Designer Wedding Dress?” I’ve photographed weddings where the bride had custom furniture built just for the event, and others where the bride rented furniture. I’ve had brides who have spent thousands on the perfect designer wedding dress, but have I photographed…


April 26, 2022

5 Reasons You Want to Order Photo Prints

Bride and groom pose near a fountain at Hillside Estate for their wedding portraits.

There are so many reasons to Order Photo Prints from your wedding or portrait session. Today, I want to share my top 5 reasons for ordering printed photographs. Reason 5 to Order Photo Prints: They’re Art In addition to being a luxury wedding photographer, I consider myself a fine art wedding photographer. What that means…


April 25, 2022

Benfield Photography Review: Testimonial from a Benny Bride

Benfield Photography Review by Chelsea Slone Brown

It’s Benfield Photography Review time! Hey everyone! I got this really incredible video from Benny Bride Chelsea Slone Brown about yours truly, and I wanted to share it with you. It meant so much to me that Chelsea took the time to record: 1) how I became her wedding photographer, 2) how I make her…

Personal, Weddings

April 21, 2022

My 2nd Shooter and Wife (an appreciation post)

Tyler Benfield posing with her camera while photographing a reception for Benfield Photography

Today I just wanted to take a moment and talk about (and publicly thank) My 2nd Shooter and wife, Tyler. For those who don’t know, Tyler has her own career. After graduating law school and passing the bar, she has worked for government agencies, private law firms, and for 5 years now, Walmart Home Office…

Spotlight, Weddings

April 19, 2022

Vendor Spotlight: Bloom Events and Design

I Street Ballroom Wedding of a ballerina bride dancing in the ballroom

Today we are sitting down with Bloom Events and Design to chat about weddings and what is fun in the industry. Brittany and I met just after she moved to NWA from Dallas. She and I quickly became friends and regularly have work days where we go over what’s going on in our lives, in…

Spotlight, Weddings

April 18, 2022

Best DFW Wedding Vendors

Dale Benfield stands with Benny Bride Caroline in an all-white hallway at Hillside Estate

I got to work alongside the Best DFW Wedding Vendors for Caroline and Daniel’s wedding Saturday. The entire day came together flawlessly (at least from my perspective). When I say that, which is rare, it means the wedding planner is on top of things. If you have a great wedding planner, either one of two…


April 16, 2022

Wedding Portraits at Hillside Estate / DFW Wedding Photographer

bride and groom hugging during sunset for their wedding portraits at Hillside Estate

Wedding Portraits at Hillside Estate / DFW Wedding Photographer We shot Wedding Portraits at Hillside Estate not once, not twice, but THREE times on Caroline and Daniel’s wedding day. TBH, I just couldn’t help myself! Caroline and Daniel didn’t do a first look together before the wedding, which is usually a time when I would…


April 15, 2022

Wedding Reception at Hillside Estate

Bride and groom do a shower of cold sparkler exit getaway from their wedding reception.

Wedding Reception at Hillside Estate Details At Caroline and Daniel’s Wedding Reception at Hillside Estate, no detail was missed. As a matter of fact, I want to play a game. How many times in today’s post do you see the wedding couple’s personal monogram? I’ll start by showing you what it looks like… here is…


April 14, 2022

The Hillside Estate Wedding Ceremony

Hillside Estate Wedding Ceremony in the all white chapel with lots of natural light

This Hillside Estate Wedding is the sort of things dreams are made of. It’s like the warm and fuzzy feelings of a Hallmark movie mixed with the style and luxury of a bougie hotel. No wonder Caroline and Daniel picked this venue to start their marriage together. Did you see that precious bible in the…


April 13, 2022

Wedding at Hillside Estate: Getting Ready

I think I have been counting down the days until Caroline’s Wedding at Hillside Estate since about November. There are certain weddings that you know are going to be filled with incredible details and special moments. I knew Caroline’s wedding day would be so special, because Caroline is so special. She has an incredible family…


April 12, 2022

How to Find a Luxury Wedding Photographer

luxury wedding photographer Dale Benfield captures manolo blahnik wedding shoes on a gold table

What is luxury wedding photography, why it’s important, and how to find a luxury wedding photographer.