Category Archives: Wedding Tips

5 Best Wedding Planners in Fredericksburg Va

Whenever I’m asked what is the best wedding advice I can give as a wedding photographer I always say ” Hire a Wedding Planner!”. I wish I had hired one for my wedding because I’m pretty sure she would have stopped me from spending money in not so smart areas and taken care of the...

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5 Bridal Hairstyles for Your Wedding Day

Bridal Hairstyles Once you find your dress and your jewelry, it’s now time to decide on some options for Bridal Hairstyles! Many brides usually determine if they will be wearing a veil or not. You’d be surprised how many girls think they are not into veils until they try one on. I can say this from...

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Bridesmaid Dress Inspiration for Your Wedding

Bridesmaid Dress Inspiration Everything is starting to come together for your wedding. You got the venue, the photographer, the date and the wedding party. Now, you need to decide what your bridesmaids will wear. I thought a little Bridesmaid Dress Inspiration might help you out! There are many colors and styles to choose from: one...

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What are getting ready wedding photos?

Getting Ready Wedding Photos Everyone tells you to make sure you get them but really, what are Getting Ready Wedding Photos? We are tackling that topic on the blog today! Getting ready photos are the photos that happen before the ceremony. It includes photos of the bride and bridesmaids getting their makeup and hair done,...

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Engagement Rings Sets | Virginia Engagement Photographer

As a Virginia Engagement Photographer, I’ve photographed what feels like hundreds of rings! I’ve seen everything from your typical simple and traditional settings to rings with pink gemstones. Their sparkly goodness always has me teasing David that my ring might need an upgrade, just a jacket maybe to warm it up ;)! I decided to...

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I'm Melissa

Welcome to my blog! I'm Melissa Arlena a Northern Virginia Newborn Photographer based out of Fredericksburg, Virginia. Sit back, relax and check out my latest work along with tips and advice for preparing for your maternity or newborn session. I'm so excited you are here!

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I'm a Virginia born and raised photographer, DIYer, and educator sharing life, love and all my latest projects with you! Ready to chat about your photography needs - just click here!

xoxo, Melissa Arlena

diyer, sailor, mother, dog lover, military wife

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