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“One of my favorite quotes reads: “To create something exceptional, your mindset must be relentlessly focused on the smallest detail.” As a wedding photographer, Melissa creates the exceptional by focusing on and capturing the smallest details of the wedding day with flawless ease and skill. When I saw our wedding photographs for the first time, my heart smiled with the memories that were fresh in my mind. I was in awe. Melissa captured each moment of the ceremony and reception as clearly as if she was standing beside Max and me, yet her presence was never felt. I knew that years from now I would look back on the images and my heart would flutter with excitement as it did on my wedding day.”

Bree Mullins Lewis

Bride


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“My husband and I feel so lucky that we had the opportunity to have Melissa Perella shoot our special day. She is professional, easy-going, calming, and creative. I never like posing for pictures and she made me feel at ease. She’s also incredibly warm, kind, and fun! Its evident that photography isn’t just a job for Melissa – its her passion. “

Pam & Tico Gomez

Bride and Groom


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“Melissa Perella was the absolute perfect photographer for our West Virginia country chic wedding at Smokey’s on the Gorge. Melissa’s creativity and willingness to get in those difficult-to-shoot places set her apart from anyone else. Our wedding photographs begin with a unique shot of the “Fayetteville – Coolest Small Town” road sign and trace our special day all the way through our ceremony and end on the Fayette Station Bridge after the reception with a beautiful view of the river and the mountains on the horizon. Melissa knows how to capture aspects of your personality in the photos. For me, this meant getting that true essence of West Virginia that was present at our wedding – the mountains, the hospitality, the friendship, the wild – all into our wedding photos. Melissa even got wet in the river in order to get some awesome shots of the groomsmen! Michelle and I couldn’t be happier with the photos. Now we can reminisce each time we see the photos on our wall or in our books and relive the love and fun of that day.”

Michelle & Derek Via

Bride and Groom


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“Watching you work is almost as awe-inspiring as your photos. There is nothing like watching someone completely absorbed by their passion, perfecting their craft with clarity and purpose. You’re awesome!”

Dr. Matthew Graham

Groom


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“Love, love, love all of our pictures! You went above and beyond to capture all of the magical moments of our day. Thank you for all of your hard work because I know it was a long day, and thank you for being patient with our crazy crowd. You are a true artist and your talent is unsurpassed. Basically, you are AWESOME and we love you, Melissa Perella!”

Dr. & Mrs. Sean Lawson

Bride and Groom


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“Melissa is a true artist in every sense of the word. We were so impressed with her work on our wedding in Wheeling, West Virginia, that we had her travel to Atlanta to photograph our son after he was born. We cannot say enough about her as a professional and a friend.”

Kenneth Ashe

Groom


From the beginning, Melissa was easy going and great to work with.  When we met her to discuss our ideas and wedding schedule, she immediately began to make suggestions to customize our experience and help us get the most out of our wedding weekend package.  We were really impressed that she suggested and offered to take additional bride and groom portraits after our reception due to time constraints during the day.  She already knew of locations in Southern WV to take gorgeous photos overlooking the Gorge. Throughout the entire planning process, Melissa always responded to messages quickly.  She answered all of our questions, and made an effort to get to know key wedding party and family members.  We love Melissapintopinterest

From the beginning, Melissa was easy going and great to work with.  When we met her to discuss our ideas and wedding schedule, she immediately began to make suggestions to customize our experience and help us get the most out of our wedding weekend package.  We were really impressed that she suggested and offered to take additional bride and groom portraits after our reception due to time constraints during the day.  She already knew of locations in Southern WV to take gorgeous photos overlooking the Gorge.

Throughout the entire planning process, Melissa always responded to messages quickly.  She answered all of our questions, and made an effort to get to know key wedding party and family members.

We love Melissa’s finished products.  She delivered a set of high quality images, including black and white versions of many of the pictures.  The accordion albums we ordered for our parents were great gifts; everyone loved them!  The composition of each album is well thought out and each is made with beautiful, high quality materials.

We invested a substantial portion of our wedding budget into photography, and we could not have been more pleased with Melissa’s work.

 Sarah File Lineberger & Drew Lineberger

Bride and Groom


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Melissa Perella is an absolute gem. Not only did she beautifully capture the highlights from our big day, but she did it with an artistic flair that is so hard to come by. She was easy to work with and within the first hour of shooting, it felt as if she was a member of the wedding party. We were so pleased with the moments she captured, as she pays close attention to detail. She captured so many family members and friends true personality within her images. You cannot pick a better professional to take on this task. Not only will you walk away with impeccable, unique images, you will also gain a new friend and ally. 

Sarah and Daniel Boso

Bride and Groom


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We hired Melissa Perella to photograph our wedding in 2011. She was there for every magical moment we intended and even some of the ones we didn’t know happened. She was incredibly understanding of our wants and needs and captured our perfect day in its essence. We are so grateful she was there! 

Joe and Lisa Haun

Bride and Groom


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From the moment Melissa Perella responded to my inquiry for a wedding photographer, we knew she was the perfect choice. Not only did she have experience shooting at our venue, but she had suggestions on a baker as well as a florist. Her comment of, “I am not one who is afraid to get dirty, climb through weeds, get into trees, whatever it takes for the shot!”, won my husband over. On the day of our wedding she was great, staying organized while bouncing back and forth between multiple locations throughout the day, all while making sure to get all our “must have” shots as well as ones we couldn’t have imagined. We were blown away by our beautiful pictures, and whenever we look at them we are transported back to that wonderful day. We couldn’t have asked for anything more. Thank you Melissa!

Chris & Carrie Oliver

Bride and Groom


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From my senior pictures in 2006 to my wedding pictures in 2014 Melissa has captured my big moments. Creatively, no one compares. I will cherish the moments she captured at our wedding forever. From pictures of the girls getting ready, to live ceremony shots, to the father daughter dance (my favorite!) she caught it all. I had no specific photos in mind for the wedding, but Melissa knew just what to do. She made us look like we belong on a magazine cover. Melissa is worth every single penny; no on compares.

Taylor and Ron Shoop

Bride and Groom


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Melissa was absolutely wonderful! She took the time to make our wedding the most magical experience by documenting it in spectacular photos! We get to relive our wedding everyday by looking at the special moments she captured. Her tenacity and creativeness led to lifelong memories. She was so fun to work with, and brought out many smiles and candid moments from our bridal party, family, and guests. We are so thankful for her over-the-top attentiveness, and we would recommend her to anyone! 

Sarah and Marcus Phillips

Bride and Groom


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The wedding of our daughter and her fiancé, both Marines stationed in Japan, created a unique situation. The wedding weekend was not only about the marriage ceremony but also about socializing with family and friends they either hadn’t seen in a year or more or they were meeting for the first time. Melissa “worked her wonders” in the most relaxed and unobtrusive way. So many of our guests commented on how she managed to be everywhere to capture the truly special moments. Not only did we enjoy the manner in which Melissa worked but we were thrilled with her artistic eye, evident in the final photographs. We could not be happier that we chose Melissa Perella Photography.

Debbie Spencer

Mother of the Bride

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