• Melissa is an absolute joy to work with and she clearly goes above and beyond for her clients.she produced images more amazing than I ever dreamed! I want another life event to happen just so she can photograph it! ~ Taylor

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  • As my client you will receive photographs created to remind you everyday why you pledged your love to each other. I'll make you feel incredibly loved by creating images that show how special your bond is with each other as you view your photographs filled with laughter and love.


    Elegant Virginia Wedding Photographer

    Elegant Virginia Wedding Photographer – Melissa Arlena Photography

    Melissa Arlena is a Virginia wedding photographer based out of Fredericksburg and travels all over our beautiful state photographing couples in love with each other and their new babies!  She focuses mainly on wedding and engagement photos but is thrilled to be expanding into maternity and newborn photography as her past couples become parents!  Your images will be fresh, elegant and natural showcasing your personality and your love story.

    Client Reviews

    Hear from real brides what it is like to work with Melissa Arlena!

    “Melissa is absolutely wonderful!! There are truly no words to express what a pleasure it was to work with her on our wedding day. She is such a genuine person and made our wedding day so much more comfortable and stress free. From the first moment I interacted with her, I knew she was the perfect choice for our wedding day photography! She is incredibly professional, but also very personable and kind. She helped me to understand what type of coverage I needed for my wedding, as well as develop a timeline for the overall day in order to make sure the day was exactly what we wanted. Of course, her photography is incredible and you are guaranteed beautiful images, but it was very important to me to have an equally wonderful person there for the entire day. I truly cannot recommend Melissa enough!!” – Ally & Vitaly

    “Melissa and her team were absolutely amazing!! Melissa is laid back, easy to work with but also extremely professional and does her job well. As a professional photographer myself, choosing a wedding photographer was no easy task. There are so many things about so many photographers that I like but on your wedding day, you want to work with people you like and get along with and can trust to make your day for better, not for worse. If you work with Melissa, you won’t be disappointed. Thank you so much for everything!!!!”- Shannon & Coleman

    “Melissa was a joy to work with, and we absolutely love the pictures from our wedding. I would highly recommend her to anybody looking for a wedding photographer, and here are a few of the reasons why:  Her pictures are gorgeous. The colors always pop, the pictures are set up well, and she does a great job of capturing the details. We have gotten a lot of compliments on our wedding pictures.  She is very accommodating. The day of my wedding, we wanted pictures at four different locations around town, and Melissa made sure that we got all the pictures we wanted at all these different locations, even though it involved racing all over Charlottesville.  She is very friendly and put us at ease. I was nervous about being photographed, and being in front of everybody. Doing an engagement session with Melissa was a huge help, she made it so easy, and I knew just what to expect the day of the wedding–nothing to worry about.  She is very helpful. She was happy to help me make a timeline for the day of the wedding, and was a great resource as I was planning, since she has been involved in so many weddings.  She is very familiar with computers. Her blog is easy to navigate and beautifully set up. She put pictures from our wedding up very quickly, and it was so easy to share them with our family and friends.” –Katie & Jimmy

    “Melissa is a fabulous photographer who did my oldest daughter’s wedding in 2013 and my youngest on 8/30/14. She is so easy to work with and both of my daughters and sons in law were thrilled with their pictures.” – Cathie Hudgins

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