After 10 wonderful years photographing weddings I have moved on to Maternity, Newborn and Family sessions. I am no longer taking on any weddings as of 2019. Feel free to be inspired by my past wedding couples as you plan your own wedding!

Amber & Bryan | Meadow Event Park Wedding

Fall Meadow Event Park Wedding in Virginia, home of Secretariat by Melissa Arlena Photography


Meadow Event Park Wedding

I’ve photographed a lot of weddings over the years and heard a lot of love stories but what stands out to me the most in Bryan & Amber’s love story is how much their friends are a part of it. They are true believers in the love that Amber & Bryan share and they were just as excited as the happy couple for this day to arrive. This day that took place on the 9 year anniversary of their first date. I love that after graduating high school they stayed together and supported each others dreams, Amber pursuing a nursing career and Bryan becoming a firefighter. They took their time to grow together as a couple and as individuals before finally becoming husband and wife.

It was a gorgeous day at Meadow Event Park the home of the famous Secretariat winner of the Triple Crown. The hall was bustling with friends and family putting the final touches on the decorations. Everyone had a Bryan and Amber story to share and couldn’t contain their happiness that this day was finally here.

My favorite story came from Amber herself, it was their first date at Kings Dominion (which ironically is right down the road from where they got married!). “Our friends tried to set us up for our first kiss on the Eiffel tower, but I didn’t want our first kiss to be staged. So Bryan, instead of trying to sneak/steal a kiss, he simply pulled me close and kissed me on the forehead and said I was worth the wait! Melted my heart!”. What I love most about this story is that I have so many photos of Bryan kissing Amber on the forehead of his own accord and I love that it is something he has been doing since their first date.



The bouquets by Black Creek Flowers were stunning! My favorite part was the ribbons hanging off and blowing in the breeze!amber-brian-meadow-event-park-wedding-315


The following wedding vendors contributed to Bryan & Amber’s Meadow Event Park wedding:

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Meadow Event Park

Photography: Melissa Arlena Photography

Florist: Black Creek Flowers

DJ: Black Tie Entertainment

Dress : Ava Laurenne

Hair & Makeup: Pizzaz Hair Salon

Catering: Mission BBQ

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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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Maternity and Newborn Photography

I'm a Virginia born and raised photographer, DIYer, and educator sharing life, love and all my latest projects with you!

xoxo, Melissa Arlena

diyer, sailor, mother, dog lover, military wife


based out of Fredericksburg, Virginia