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!

Jodi & Michael | The Lodge at Stevenson Ridge Fall Wedding

Indoor Fall wedding at the Lodge at Stevenson Ridge in Fredericksburg, Virginia by Melissa Arlena Photography

Stevenson Ridge Fall Wedding

the couple

The Lodge at Stevenson Ridge Fall Wedding – I noticed it several times as I look through my viewfinder on their wedding day and it made my heart smile! It was a glow that surrounded Jodi, a happy bride glow and it swept Michael up in it’s wave. He couldn’t stop staring at her with a look of pure love and adoration on his face and she mirrored it right back at him. From a first date that ended with a controversial first kiss, each side blaming the other for initiating it to a perfect wedding day filled with laughter and friends!



the day

They picked an October wedding date so they could have the beautiful fall foliage as the backdrop for their photos. Ironically there was only 1 tree that had popped with beautiful orange leaves so you can bet I put that tree in the background of as many photos as I could, lol! As I was photographing the details the girls were laughing below in the getting ready room at Stevenson Ridge while the amazing girls from GoGo Gorgeous perfected their hair and makeup. Jane from Jane Guerin Flowers was creating this cool asymmetrical floral display over the mantle in the Lodge were Jodi & Micheal would be saying I do in a short time. Jane always does a spectacular job and her design for the ceremony space was inspired!



the story

When we first were talking about the schedule Jodi wanted to do a non traditional first look where she and Michael would be on either side of a door where they couldn’t see each other reading their letters to each other. She was worried though that she would need to see him to calm her nerves and stop the floodgate of tears as the overwhelming emotion of the day washed over her. Michael did his part by keeping his letter to her funny and lighthearted to keep her tears at bay and instead she laughed as she read it. (ps Jodi his letter ended up in my bag and I’ve got it in an envelope to mail out to you so you can keep it!)



See that glow!!!! Oh my goodness Jodi I literally cannot even express to you how GORGEOUS you look and how this immediately went into my top 10 list of best photos I’ve every taken!!!!



To see more of Michael and Jodi’s wedding day, click play below! Leave these two love, if they get 25 comments on this blog post, they will receive a complimentary 8×10″ print of their favorite wedding day image.

the details


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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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DC, Alexandria, Falls Church, Arlington, Fairfax, Springfield, Lorton, Woodbridge, Stafford, Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania & Richmond area.


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