“Melissa was so easy to work with, quick to reply honestly to emails and very reasonably priced for the fantastic work she does.  It was an easy decision to trust Melissa to capture our special day and we’re so happy with the final product. Thank you Melissa!” – Tyler & Brian

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My Philosophy

When you look back on your wedding day you want to remember how gorgeous you looked, how in love you were with each other and how much fun you had with your friends and family! After 7+ years of photographing weddings I’ve learned what makes a wedding day run smoothly and how I can provide you with the most beautiful portraits to remind you of that joy you felt saying “I do”. The Wedding Experience is the perfect package for your wedding day, it includes everything you need to have a stress free happy wedding day with amazing photos to look back on for years to come.

My favorite thing about photographing weddings is getting to know my couples throughout the planning process. I love that on your wedding day I am photographing friends and not just clients. These relationships have led to my couples coming back to me to document more life events such as maternity and newborn sessions. I’m not just another wedding photographer I’m your photographer for life!

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The Wedding Experience


Wedding Collections include the following : 

  • A complimentary Engagement Session so we can get to know each other before the wedding day and I can teach you my posing style so you feel comfortable in front of my camera resulting in naturally gorgeous photographs
  • Ample time on your wedding day to capture those happy moments getting ready with your favorite friends to the moment you say I Do to your best friend and of course dancing the night away celebrating with everyone you love
  • An additional photographer to capture different angles of the major events and ensure none of the small moments are missed
  • An online gallery so friends and family who couldn’t be there in person can easily share in your beautiful day
  • The ability to print your photos on your own at your pleasure or utilize our professional lab for quick, easy & perfect prints
  • Gorgeous handcrafted leather or linen albums meant to last for generations

At the end of the day your wedding photographs will help you relive all the moments big and small, I’ll take care of making sure you look amazing in your photos while you relax and have fun!

Wedding collections begin at $4900 with the average client investing $4900-$6300 in their wedding photography.

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2017 Weddings only 6 spots left!

2018 Weddings only 10 spots left!

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Client Love


“Melissa was my photographer for our wedding. We were only having a small ceremony and reception dinner. She worked with me on the price based on our needs. She sent out a couple of pre-wedding surveys to get to know us before hand. She was so friendly and remembered everything we had told her that we wanted. She has posted one pic on her blog so far and it is AMAZING! The others will be up in a couple of days (only about 3 weeks after the wedding). She is great!”
Heather & Steve
December 2012
“I absolutely cannot give enough praise to Melissa Arlena Photography. From our first Skype meeting to receiving the USB drive of our wedding photos, Melissa was polished, professional and personal from start to finish. Every one of her pictures is a work of art, and most importantly, she puts people at ease so that they feel comfortable in front of the camera. Highly, highly recommended to anyone in central Virginia!”
Corin & Elc
June 2012
“We are absolutely thrilled with these photos, so much so that we are having a hard time picking our favorites. Thank you for capturing our special day. We couldn’t have asked for anything better!”
Anna & John
August 2014
"Choosing Melissa as our photographer was hands down the best decision we made for our wedding! My fiancé and I interviewed several other photographers and we knew right away after speaking with her that she was the one! Melissa was absolutely fantastic every step of the way and the service was unforgettable from our engagement photo session in NYC to our wedding in Virginia. Her work is so beautiful and I really feel like she captured the magic of our special day. I can’t imagine trusting anyone other than her to perform such an important job! The experience she provides is priceless, but she is worth every penny because she genuinely cares about her brides (and grooms!) If you book her, you will be surprised and delighted throughout your entire engagement. I consider Melissa to be a great friend and I will undoubtedly use her for any and all of my photography needs in the future. 6 stars! Thank you, Melissa!"
Ashley & Ryan
Melissa was wonderful, each of her second shooters were equally as talented as she is! I love my wedding photos and I could recommend any bride at least review her work! Melissa was such a trooper during my wedding, despite being very pregnant she remained her bright cheery self! She worked around rain, different ceremony spots, drunken groomsmen and groom, and all with a smile on her face! She is wonderful about capturing those special moments that so often get missed in the blur of a wedding! Best and easiest choice of any vendor I made was this! And I made sure to book her before I knew where my wedding was even going to be!
Gina & Ronnie
August 2012
My wedding photographer! I look at my pictures weekly (ok maybe more) and our wedding was two years ago! I am so in love with them and our engagement pictures! Melissa is so talented!
Lauren & Craig
June 2013

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Frequently Asked Questions


Do you travel for Destination Weddings?

Yes! I love getting the opportunity to visit new places and if they have a ghost tour nearby I’m totally hooked!

How many images do you deliver?

Typically 50-100 images per hour of shooting.


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