• 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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  • Classic, romantic and joyful photography that showcases you and your love story. Your photographs will be natural and timeless, filled with personal moments you will treasure always.


Virginia Wedding Photographer

Virginia Wedding Photographer

Hello! I’m Melissa Arlena and I love JCrew cardigans and anything nautical.

I’m a film photographer, sailor, and carpenter’s daughter hence my love of DIY projects. Military wife and boy mom are my two favorite jobs though.

I’m based out of Fredericksburg, Virginia and I love traveling all over our beautiful state photographing couples in love. Whether that is with each other or their new babies! While my focus started on wedding and engagement photos I’ve been thrilled to expand into maternity and newborn photography as my past couples become parents!

I’ve been photographing weddings & portraits for over 8 years. Over that time I’ve been blessed to see the beginning of many love stories as my couples have become engaged and gotten married. In addition I’m getting to photograph the next chapter in their lives as they create families together. I love forming those relationships with my clients that allow me to document all their major life events!

Want to get to know me more?

I’m not just your wedding photographer, I’m your photographer for life….

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While based out of Fredericksburg Virginia I travel all over shooting many weddings, engagements and family portraits. Clients come from Richmond, Alexandria, Charlottesville, Northern Virginia and the Northern Neck. My work has been featured on popular wedding blogs including Elizabeth Anne Designs and Style Me Pretty. I have also been published in magazines like Charlottesville Wedding Planner.

Planning a wedding is fun but can be overwhelming, check out my round up of some of my favorite Virginia Wedding Venues. Plus specific wedding venues in Richmond Va to see more real weddings I’ve photographed. Two of my favorite venues are Stevenson Ridge and The Inn at Willow Grove, they are perfect for wedding weekends with the whole family! For my military couples the Marine Corp Museum and Semper Fidelis Chapel are beautiful options to celebrate!

‘What sets her apart is her streamlined, modern process – she has a fabulous website that makes viewing your photos and making selections SO FUN AND EASY! She is a one-stop shop for all things wedding photo-related and I’m so glad I found her. She really over delivers when it comes to service.” Paige & Matt married May 2015