Wedding Investment
For the bride that....

believes marriage is the true heart of a wedding

For the bride that....

can't wait to see her handsome groom all dressed up

For the bride that....

is so excited to walk down the aisle with her dad

For the bride that....

family means everything

For the bride that....

is excited to be surrounded by everyone they love

For the bride that....

can't wait to dance the night away with friends

For the bride that....

just wants everyone to have a great time

For the bride that....

is ready for the honeymoon to start

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You did the hard part and found the one you can't live without, but now you are up to your eyeballs in #allthingswedding. That one glass of wine has turned into several and all the photos are starting to look the same.

You just want to look and feel beautiful on your wedding day like every happy couple you see on Pinterest and in magazines. I mean they can't all be models, right?

Don't worry they're not! Every couple on my website at one point in time told me they couldn't look like the people on my website. They begged me to wave my magic wand to take away their awkwardness!

Like any other fairy godmother, of course, I obliged, lol! Seriously though when we are done I promise you will have your very own stunning images to look back on and remember how happy you were in that moment!
It should be simple right?

The Process

01.

Let's Chat

It all starts by getting to know each other online or in person over a glass of wine! My brides want more than just pretty photos, they want someone who makes them feel comfortable and has the experience to handle any wedding day crisis. I want you to think of me as an honorary bridesmaid by the end of the day!

02.

Save The Date

Pop the champagne & cue the confetti!! We are a match made in heaven! Now it's time to secure your date on my calendar. I'll send over a custom online booking quote where you can review the collections, decide on the perfect one for you and pay the retainer. Now go ahead and put a giant check mark next to Hire Photographer on that To Do list, you know you want to!

03.

Engagement Session

It all starts with your engagement session but really it starts before that. I'll send you my guide on what to wear so you both look stylish and coordinated. We'll pick a location with meaning to you as a couple and then give me 20 minutes as I teach you to pose like models but still feel like yourselves!

04.

Timeline

About 8 weeks before the big day I'll be in touch to finalize your timeline. It's okay if you have no idea what time things should start, that is where my 10 years of experience come into play. I'll create a custom timeline that allows us to get all the beautiful photos you want and allows you to enjoy the party!

05.

Your Wedding Day

It's finally here, the day you've been anticipating forever it seems! Now it's time for you to sit back and relax while I capture every moment. From getting ready with your besties to that moment you say I do and of course dancing the night away. I know you can't wait to see the photos so I always share sneak peeks before you head off on your honeymoon!

06.

Gallery & Album

Chill a bottle of champagne and sit back to enjoy the most beautiful wedding ever, starring you! See all the moments you might have missed plus the ones you want to remember over and over again in your online gallery. Don't forget to share it with friends and family! I believe every couple should invest in a wedding album and when you do you'll receive a custom design that you can personalize to make it perfect for you.

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Featured Weddings

Featured Engagements

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Ashley & Ryan

"If you book her, you will be surprised and delighted throughout your entire engagement. "

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!) 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!

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Natalie & John

"Top recommendation for a wedding photographer, engagement photographer… "

Melissa is just so genuine and generous. She really takes the time to make you feel like you are her VIP client when she is with you on your day. Giving you special attention and making you feel super comfortable.

Everybody expressed to us the day of or after the wedding how impressed they were with the level of professionalism and they were just in awe of the finished product! She took such good care of us for our wedding day, the day of and after! And we formed a friendship for the future.

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Paige & Matt

"Worth every penny! Get your stunning photos quick!"

Melissa did our engagement photos, shot our rehearsal dinner, our wedding day, and did a trash the dress photo session for us 2 days after the wedding. If you are getting married in Virginia or close by, there is a good chance she has shot a wedding at your venue.

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! Melissa is knowledgeable, kind, punctual, professional, and fun!

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. I won't spoil anything, but expect lots of sweet surprises from Melissa as you work with her.

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Katie & Jimmy

"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 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.

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Amelia & Garth

"Worth every penny and amazingly special artist!! "

Melissa is a true professional. It was so wonderful to have a photographer who was incredibly proactive and stayed so incredibly organized and prepared for everything. Worth every penny and amazingly special artist!! Thanks Melissa!

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The Wedding Experience

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 $5000

PORTRAIT SESSIONS BEGIN AT $650

  • 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 so your grandchildren can experience your love story firsthand

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do you edit every photo?

Every image that is delivered in your gallery is edited for color, contrast, and exposure. What you see on my website is what your images will look like! Additional retouching is also available as an added service.

How long will it take to see our photos?

I totally understand the excitement of reliving your day through your photos so I make sure to get you a sneak peek ASAP and then your full gallery is ready in 6-8 weeks.

Have you shot at our location before?

Chances are if you are getting married in Virginia then Yes I have! Over the last 8 years, I’ve photographed weddings in barns, ballrooms, private outdoor waterfronts, plantations and more. So even if I haven’t shot at your venue, in particular, I’m sure I’ve shot someplace similar. Plus I love new venues and getting to work with fresh eyes!

How much should we budget for wedding photography?

I believe the Knot and other wedding magazines will tell you 20% of your overall wedding budget should be spent on photography. I think that is a good guideline to start with but remember you are in charge of what is most important in your budget. I’ve had clients where photography is the most important item and they planned everything else around that.

Do I need to send you a shot list?

That depends! If you are thinking of the generic shot list magazines like the Knot provide then-No. Their lists consist of basics like Bride walking down the aisle, I think after 8 years I’ve got that one down pat ;)! If your favorite Aunt is going to be at the wedding and you want a photo doing your super secret handshake you made up together when you were 5 then Yes please let me know that! About 6 weeks before your wedding you will fill out an information form asking all kinds of questions about who and what you want to make sure I photograph so we will be all set.

How do you choose the images you edit?

When editing a wedding I delete the duplicates, the blinkies, and the ugly faces. We’ve all seen the famous Beyonce photos where she looks like a man on stage performing and we all know Bey does not look like a man! I don’t want any of my couples to see an ugly photo of themselves so when choosing the images for your final gallery I make sure to choose the best and delete the rest. But rest assured I’m not deleting important moments or important people, only duplicate photos, images where someone important is blinking and any face that is unflattering to my couple!

How many photos will we receive?

I typically deliver 75-100 images per hour for a wedding. So for an 8-hour wedding, you are looking at 600-800 images.

How far do you travel?

That depends on where you want to get married! I’m always up for traveling to a new location. For local weddings, 60 miles of travel is included in your collection. For weddings requiring an overnight stay and/or a flight, you will be billed separate travel charges.