Jena & Matt | Alexandria Engagement


It all started with a party at college, he asked her to dance and she said yes.  That dance led to the first of many late night talks and eventually a heart shaped dog tag with the words “Will you marry me Jena?”!  I have been so excited for Jena and Matt’s wedding especially after their engagement session.  I met up with them last fall in Old Town Alexandria at the waterfront for their session and they brought Waldo their dog too!  I love shooting in Old Town, you get the historic backdrop of the old buildings and cobblestone road, you get the waterfront with docks and boats and there is a little park with green space to round things out.  Jena and Matt were so easy to work with and even Waldo nailed some posing for me!  I may have sounded like a crazy person with all my noises but Waldo spoke my language ;).

Jena and Matt were adorable and I had so much fun photographing their wedding this month, you’ll have to hang tight a couple more days to see those photos :).  For now enjoy their sweet engagement session!


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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


based out of Fredericksburg, Virginia

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