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!

Tyler & Brian | The Mill at Fine Creek Wedding

It was my favorite photo from their engagement session, I had asked them to just hold hands and walk away from me.  As they did it I realized she was skipping by his side, her excitement just could not be contained!  On their wedding day again even in a big white dress she was walking on clouds, practically dancing at his side.  He just smiled and gathered her up in his arms offering a kiss on the forehead just as excited as she was.  

This day had been a long time coming, I remember meeting Tyler and Brian for the first time about a year ago to talk about their Mill at Fine Creek wedding plans.  They had me salivating from the moment they told me they would be getting married at The Mill!  I’m just going to profess my love here once and for all, the Mill is my hands down favorite venue to shoot at.  I’ve shot weddings at a lot of venues in Virginia and I definitely have a top 3 list of places I love but the Mill tops that list.  For any couples considering getting married there they are top notch in every way!  As a photographer I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the light is heaven-sent!  I’ve shot there at the golden hour, high noon and even when it was overcast and the light is still beautiful.

Tyler and Brian decided to get married close to the holidays since they had been to plenty of summer weddings but not many winter weddings.  The Mill was decorated with beautiful trees and lights so Tyler and her florist Mary Henry decided to embrace that and went with red and green for the flowers.  With gorgeous candelabras dripping with greenery, red flowers and twinkling candles plus 3 Christmas trees just outside the window lit up with sparkly lights I don’t think they could have had a more beautiful backdrop to say I do.  Everything was classic, elegant and perfect!

I am so thrilled I was there to document this amazing day for them.  It has been a wonderful year getting to know them and photograph them from the engagement session, to Tyler’s bridal portraits and finally the big day!  There are so many beautiful photos to share below and don’t forget to check out the slideshow!

Tyler and Brian I wish you a lifetime of happiness and laughter, keep that dance in your step!

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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

Melissa Arlena Photography is based in Fredericksburg, Va but serves all of Washington, DC and Northern Virginia including Alexandria, Arlington, Burke, Centreville, Fairfax, Herndon, Lorton, Manassas, McLean, Quantico, Reston, Springfield, Stafford, Tysons Corner, Vienna, and Woodbridge. She offers maternity, lifestyle newborn, and family photography in her relaxed, natural, and joyful style.


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