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!

Erin & Michelle | Chesapeake Beach Resort and Spa Wedding

Chesapeake Beach Resort and Spa Wedding

Chesapeake Beach Resort and Spa Wedding

In honor of their 4 year wedding anniversary, I reached out to Michelle & Erin and asked if it would be okay for me to blog their wedding and share it with everyone! They happily agreed and I’m thrilled to get to share their Chesapeake Beach Resort and Spa winter waterfront wedding with you.

the couple

I met Erin & Michelle through my sister Michelle several years ago. They all worked together as nurses and used to have Girl’s Night Out events to the beach or fun movies that were coming out. I got to crash some of their movie nights and it was always a blast hanging out with everyone! I was so happy to hear that they were getting married and when they reached out to me about photographing their wedding day, of course, I said yes!

the day

Michelle & Erin planned a romantic winter waterfront wedding at Chesapeake Beach Resort and Spa. They choose to have their ceremony right at sunset and lit the aisle with tons of romantic candles. I loved the added touch for their guests of fleece blankets to keep them warm as the girls exchanged their vows! The sky went through so many beautiful shades of blue as the sun dipped below the horizon, I loved how it started off with a faint pink tinge and ended with a vibrant blue for their newlywed portraits.

The reception space was decorated beautifully and highlighted the girl’s love of wine! I loved how elegant the centerpieces were with floating orchids, roses and lit candles all around. The tables were all named for a different wine and the place cards encouraged everyone to Drink Champagne and Dance on the Tables!

the story

This wedding was 4 years ago but I can still remember all the touching toasts that were given by their family members. The love that poured out of everyone over these two wonderful ladies brought tears to my eyes that night. The toast of the night award would have to go to Erin’s daughter and how excited she was to see her mom so happy. Not a dry eye in the house after that!

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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!

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