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    Hi there! I'm Melissa, and I am a visual storyteller who specializes in documentary wedding photography and fresh, stylized portraiture. I'm based in the Washington, DC area, but I love to travel!

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Featured: Heart Love Weddings — Melanie + Collin’s Wedding

I took the day off today to visit the hubs at work with Brooklyn, and I completely forgot that Melanie + Collin’s gorgeous summer wedding was published on Heart Love Weddings. I LOVE their love story. Thank you, Alexandra, for choosing to highlight their special day. Go check out the full feature HERE!

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August 29, 2014 - 8:45 am

Alexandra {Heart Love Always} - You’re so sweet! Thanks so much for sending them my way! xoxo

CHRISTINE + MARY — Firehouse Chicago Wedding

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If you follow me on Instagram, this first shot is the teaser that I posted from Mary + Christine’s wedding (#celebratemaryandchristine if you want to see more awesome shots from other folks!). I LOVE THIS PHOTO. Probably one of my top five favorite wedding photos I’ve ever taken. The background is gorgeous (Lake Michigan WOW), the weather was stunning and Mary + Chris have the BEST expressions on their faces. Simply: a portrait of happiness.

Christine’s attire: BHLDN (dress + shoes), Tilly (jewelry)
Mary’s attire: Theory (jacket), J.Crew (pants), Frye (shoes)
Florals: Field and Florist
Coordinator: Michelle Marchisotta
Ceremony/reception music: TJMadeja Music
Cake: Luscious Layers
Caterer: Fig Catering
Venue: Firehouse Chicago
Rings: Rebecca Zemans
Invitations + programs + stationary + decor + styling: Christine Irvine

I flew to Chicago, Illinois to shoot this wedding. It was SO difficult to leave my six-week-old behind for two days, but I was honestly happy to do it for two such special people. They are both so loving and care so much about everyone around them. I’ve known Chris since high school, and her family means a lot to me (I was a bridesmaid in her sister Mary’s wedding, and I shot her other sister Rachel’s wedding), so I wouldn’t have missed shooting it for anything.

Before I get to the photos, I also have to comment on what a wonderfully unique ceremony it was. It was centered around community and love. A few favorite moments of mine: the couple walked in with each other, their friend Suzanne sang a gorgeous song and the couple invited people to stand and share sentiments and reflect about them and their relationship (had me in tears!).

As Chris herself would put it, it was a very “gay” — and by that she/I mean HAPPY! — wedding day. : )

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Adorable nephew Tate!

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They are both so beautiful.

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August 22, 2014 - 11:43 am

Photo fan - LOVE these. The portraits are stunning. Their love, and the love of all of those around them!, jumps off the screen. So happy for them.

August 22, 2014 - 1:33 pm

Brenda Stewart - Ohhhh, Mel, you’ve just transported us back to that magical day! You have such a special gift!

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Jenny Tenney Goss - LOVE! These are fantastic. The ceremony looks so moving. The pictures almost made me tear up and I wasn’t even there! Looks like a really special day and amazing couple.

HARRISON: NEWBORN

Today I get to share a special newborn with you! Harrison was born fast and furiously five weeks early and weighed a whopping 5 lbs, 9 0z. His lovely parents asked me to photograph him at 13 days new. I am SO happy for Bernadette and Casey and can’t wait for Harrison and Brooklyn to have many playdates! : ) Here are some of my favorites of this handsome little guy!

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I love this next shot; every time I look at it, I think he’s saying, “I HAVE A QUESTION!”

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August 12, 2014 - 2:54 pm

Bernadette - ah, love love love! thank you so much for your amazing work :)

August 27, 2014 - 9:47 am

Stefanie Merkel - Those pictures Are so beautiful, Harrison is such a cute baby:) lots of love Stefanie

LAURA + WILLIAM – Edenton, North Carolina Wedding

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Laura & William’s wedding was my first wedding back after giving birth to Brooklyn. And I’m not gonna lie… I was a mixed bag of emotions! I had a lot of anxiety going back to shooting as I hadn’t shot a wedding in over 7 months (!!!). But as all of my working (photographer) mom friends had told me — it was bizarre only for about the first five minutes and then it felt completely natural to me again. I was so happy to get back in it and do what I love (even if I did miss my child the entire time; but I knew she was in good hands with her Daddy!).

I’m so happy that Laura & William asked me to shoot their wedding — it was such a beautiful day! I shot Laura’s sister’s wedding in 2011, so I knew the whole day was going to be a blast and a half. They got married at Edenton United Methodist Church and the reception was held at the historic, waterfront Mulberry Hill Inn. A fun fact about their wedding date is that William’s grandparents AND parents also got married on June 21. How awesome is that?! Enjoy my favorites from this lovely day.

Special thanks to Jenny Tenney for helping me shoot and giving me lots of great “working mom” advice. Thanks, Jenny. : )

Bride’s dress: Monique Lhuillier, purchased from Alexi’s Bridal
Bride’s shoes: Kate Spade
Bridesmaids’ dresses: J. Crew
Groom and groomsmen attire: JoS. A Bank (suits) & Coffman’s (bow ties)
Bride’s hair: Sunshine Nelmida of JDM Salon
Bridesmaids’ hair: Brooke Harris of Jus Teezn
Florals: Wholesale Flower Market
Band: The Reality Show Band
Caterer: Kelly’s
Transportation: Britannia Coach & Edenton Trolley
Invitations: Downtown Diva

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THE KNITTLE FAMILY

This family is the greatest. No really, I mean it. I’ve known Claire and Paul since college, and I’m extremely grateful to have recently connected with them again since moving to the D.C. area. They are two of the kindest, most fun people you’ll ever meet (if you follow me on Instagram, Claire’s the one who’s been cooking for me on my strict dairy- and soy-free diet!).

Three weeks to the day before Brooklyn, Claire gave birth to Eleanor. Sweet, beautiful little Eleanor. I loved photographing her! We’ve had a couple of play dates with Brooklyn and Eleanor and I’ve seen Eleanor smile a ton, but for some reason on the day of the shoot, she was being super serious. I got a couple of smiles out of her but I mainly got to capture her thoughtful side, which is equally as cute. : ) Enjoy this precious babe and her gorgeous parents! Love you guys!

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This is when Paul was trying to get Eleanor to smile. SO funny.

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That face!!!

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No more photos, please. ; )
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