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Aug
18

Meet the Photographer: Benjamin Martin

Photo courtesy of Benjamin Martin

Our next photographer to spotlight is Arkansas native Benjamin Martin. He's been in the wedding biz for seven years after graduating from high school in 2011. 

Ben describes his photography style as bright, vibrant and modern. A great example of his work is this wedding we featured in our latest issue — so colorful, crisp and natural. 

Without further ado, here's a look inside the life of Ben. 

What are moments you make sure to capture on a wedding day?

Of course, I always capture all the major traditional moments on a wedding day, but I love shooting all the smaller moments that couples may not be able to catch during the moment.

What do you love about being a wedding photographer?

I think the thing I love most about this job is all the unique connections and relationships I’ve made with so many people from different walks of life that I normally wouldn’t have crossed paths with. I mean, we are side by side with the couple during some of the most important moments of their lives — that’s a major bonding experience!

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What’s your favorite part of photographing a wedding?

Ahh, this is hard! I enjoy it all, but first looks are probably my top moments to shoot. Just the couple, no crowd. Capturing those authentic emotions… I tear up almost every time.

What’s one piece of advice you like to give brides on their big day?

Talk to your photographer before planning your ceremony time! This is something that a lot of people don’t think about, but your photographer knows all the sunset times for every season. If you’re having an outdoor ceremony but not doing a first look, then a ceremony right at sunset would not be the best decision, because you’ll still need time after the ceremony to get all those important shots! Your photographer can suggest the perfect time.

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What price points can brides expect?

My collections range from $2,200-$4,900 and all include a complimentary engagement session and digital files!

When you’re not shooting weddings, what do you like to do with your spare time?

Video games, playing piano, spending time with my nieces & nephews (Ali, Oliver, Calvin and Lucy!) and fostering rescue dogs from Rescue Road (along with my own three dachshunds).

What’s your favorite way to unwind after a busy wedding weekend?

This job can be so much fun, but weddings can also be stressful — so I normally spend my Mondays playing video games and absorbing a bunch of reality TV.

To contact Ben, click here. For more examples of his work, click here

Aug
17

Opulent Garden Styled Shoot at the Fayetteville Town Square

Lela & Lyla Photography

We see a lot of pretty flowers here at Arkansas Bride but nothing quite like this. And as if the roses weren't enough, the gold-detailed cake and personalized place settings truly steal the show in another amazing styled shoot from Turner & Co Events.

The Details

Planner and designer: Turner & Co Events
Photographer:  Lela & Lyla
Linens: M Grace at Home
Rentals: Eventures Event Rentals
Cake:  Cakes by Robbin
Floral design: Magnolia Belle Florals
Venue: Fayetteville Town Square

Lela & Lyla Photography

Lela & Lyla Photography

Lela & Lyla Photography

Lela & Lyla Photography

Lela & Lyla Photography

Lela & Lyla Photography

Lela & Lyla Photography

Lela & Lyla Photography

Lela & Lyla Photography

Lela & Lyla Photography

Lela & Lyla Photography

Lela & Lyla Photography

Lela & Lyla Photography

For more styled shoots, click here!

Aug
16

Meet Our 2018 Cutest Wedding Little Contest Winner!

Zoë Weddings

Congrats, Kenna!

The votes are in and you've voted for your 2018 Cutest Wedding Little, Kenna! The precious flower girl is racing down the aisle at the Clinton Presidential Center on her aunt Mary-Margaret Tabor's big day. The look of pure joy on 2-year-old Kenna's face and that adorable little dress is just too dang sweet.

Since it was so much fun to sift through these adorable Littles submissions, we wanted to feature the top 5 winners along with sweet Kenna.

2nd Place

Bespectacled Selah makes one adorable flower girl.

Sweet Tea Photography

3rd Place

Dapper Azariah is too cute in his tiny tux.

Brandon Markin

4th Place

Little Jaylee giving Eskimo kisses.

Kelly Kate Photography

5th Place

Graham living his best life on the dance floor.

Stephanie Parsley Photography

Aug
16

Bethany Boyle Proffit's Elegant Arkansas Bridals

B.Matthews Photo

Bethany Boyle Proffit of Helena and Josh Proffit of Hot Springs offically tied the knot on April, 28, 2018, which means we can officially release her amazing bridal portraits. We especially adore this stunning bouquet from Cabbage Rose.

The Details

Photographer: BJ Matthews of B.Matthews Creative
Bridal boutique: She Said Yes Bridal In The Heights, Little Rock
Bouquet: Cabbage Rose, Little Rock
Venue: Marlsgate Plantation, Scott
Makeup artist: Kurstee Smith

B.Matthews Photo

B.Matthews Photo

B.Matthews Photo

B.Matthews Photo

B.Matthews Photo

B.Matthews Photo

B.Matthews Photo

B.Matthews Photo

B.Matthews Photo

For more Arkansas bridals and engagements, click here!