Melanie & Alan | Roanoke VA wedding photographer

We are sooo excited to post this last wedding of the year.  Ever since we shot Melanie and Alan’s engagement session back in the summer we have been waiting for their December wedding.  These two are complete naturals in front of the camera – put them together and the final outcome is just amazing.  When we first met Melanie, we learned that Alan was oversea’s serving our country for most of their engagement, it touched us both deeply to see these two back together and to experience their wedding day with them.  Enjoy!

Love this picture of Melanie – all done up and looking stunning.  Ben’s first favorite.  Meanwhile, Alan was figuring out the finer points of attaching a boutonierre to a jacket.

What a gorgeous bridal party!  Love the black and red colors; very classic and always classy.  These girls were so much fun to be around all day.

This wedding was in the middle of December, they lucked out and the day was pretty mild compared to some of the sub zero temperatures we’ve been having lately.  It was still chilly out, Ben and I were in long coats and gloves!  These ladies were troopers and still had fun outside taking pictures.  (PS > more people should get married in December!  Between the holiday decorations everywhere, christmas songs and general festive atmosphere it was a fun day from start to finish)

Love that we were able to capture both of these moments just minutes before Melanie walked down the aisle.  We always consider ourselves so lucky that we get to be part of some of the little special moments that make up a couples wedding day – the bride and groom composing themselves and thinking about the incredible promise they are about to make to each other.

St. Andrews is by far the most beautiful and ornate church we have shot in this year.  The views from any angle in the church are just breathtaking.


We had some time to take a few shots of just the two of them after the ceremony.  The sun was just starting to set over Roanoke and the light hitting the balcony of the church, was just….INCREDIBLE.

Ben’s view, and second favorite of the day:

My view, and my favorite of the day:

Did we mention how awesome the backdrop of Chrismas decorations was?

Melanie and Alan took dance lessons before their wedding and choreographed their first dance.  They looked beautiful out there together, and the backdrop of the Corinthian Ballroom added to the elegance.

Gives me the chills every time I look at this one.  🙂

SHOUT! ………….and……….I can only hope that when Ben and I have been married for many years, he still smiles like this when he dances with me

We’ve seen plenty of funny “avoid the bouquet” moments, but this one takes the cake – most ladies just stealthily step to the side.  This one bridesmaid decided to go with the full on, nuclear attack drill duck and cover.  Classic.

MARRIED!!!! Don’t they just look incredibly happy.  Melanie & Alan – May all your days together be as happy as this photo shows.  Much love and Merry Christmas!

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