A periodic array of dual-Vivaldi antennas integrated with metal-insulator-metal (MIM) plasmonic waveguides was designed and investigated for its infrared light absorbance efficiency. Full-wave analysis was used to optimize MIM waveguides compatible with parallel and series connected DC leads without sacrificing radiation efficiency. Free-space to MIM waveguide in-coupling efficiency as high as 41% has been obtained in a sub-wavelength unit cell geometry at a wavelength of 1373 nm. Higher efficiency, up to 85%, is predicted with a modified design including a backplane reflector. A nanofabrication process was developed to realize test devices and far-field optical spectroscopy was used as experimental evidence for antenna-waveguide matching.