Real Couples // Intimate Poe Museum Wedding: Ben + Christina

Ben and Christina first met in the sixth grade but didn’t become friends until their senior year of high school. After a couple years of friendship, Ben finally asked Christina on a date the day AFTER Valentine’s Day, because “having their anniversary be on Valentine’s Day would be lame,” Ben explained. Ten years later, he drove her to a secluded spot in Yosemite National Park and proposed. There was only one witness to the proposal, a teddy bear he had bought her as a present years ago that always accompanied them on their trips around the world. They told me in advance that Teddy would be attending the wedding (adorned in a tux) and they would like photos with him. Of course! I always encourage couples to do exactly everything they want on their big day, especially things like this that are special between the two of them.

They had moved from their hometown Richmond to San Francisco three years ago, but they wanted to celebrate the most intimate part of their wedding in their native city surrounded only by their closest family, and Teddy, of course. I am so happy they did; I just adore this couple and everything about this wedding day. It’s not the typical all-day wedding affair. It was simple, stress free, exactly how they wanted it, and oh so beautiful. A new favorite for sure!

Words and photos by Melissa Desjardins Photography


 Ben Christina Poe Museum Richmond Melissa Desjardins
 Ben Christina Poe Museum Richmond Melissa Desjardins
 Ben Christina Poe Museum Richmond Melissa Desjardins
 Ben Christina Poe Museum Richmond Melissa Desjardins
 Ben Christina Poe Museum Richmond Melissa Desjardins
 Ben Christina Poe Museum Richmond Melissa Desjardins
 Ben Christina Poe Museum Richmond Melissa Desjardins
 Ben Christina Poe Museum Richmond Melissa Desjardins
 Ben Christina Poe Museum Richmond Melissa Desjardins
 Ben Christina Poe Museum Richmond Melissa Desjardins
 Ben Christina Poe Museum Richmond Melissa Desjardins
 Ben Christina Poe Museum Richmond Melissa Desjardins
 Ben Christina Poe Museum Richmond Melissa Desjardins
 Ben Christina Poe Museum Richmond Melissa Desjardins
 Ben Christina Poe Museum Richmond Melissa Desjardins
 Ben Christina Poe Museum Richmond Melissa Desjardins
 Ben Christina Poe Museum Richmond Melissa Desjardins
 Ben Christina Poe Museum Richmond Melissa Desjardins
 Ben Christina Poe Museum Richmond Melissa Desjardins
 Ben Christina Poe Museum Richmond Melissa Desjardins
 Ben Christina Poe Museum Richmond Melissa Desjardins
 Ben Christina Poe Museum Richmond Melissa Desjardins
 Ben Christina Poe Museum Richmond Melissa Desjardins
 Ben Christina Poe Museum Richmond Melissa Desjardins
 Ben Christina Poe Museum Richmond Melissa Desjardins
 Ben Christina Poe Museum Richmond Melissa Desjardins
 Ben Christina Poe Museum Richmond Melissa Desjardins
 Ben Christina Poe Museum Richmond Melissa Desjardins
 Ben Christina Poe Museum Richmond Melissa Desjardins
 Ben Christina Poe Museum Richmond Melissa Desjardins
 Ben Christina Poe Museum Richmond Melissa Desjardins
 Ben Christina Poe Museum Richmond Melissa Desjardins
 Ben Christina Poe Museum Richmond Melissa Desjardins
 Ben Christina Poe Museum Richmond Melissa Desjardins
 Ben Christina Poe Museum Richmond Melissa Desjardins
 Ben Christina Poe Museum Richmond Melissa Desjardins
 Ben Christina Poe Museum Richmond Melissa Desjardins
 Ben Christina Poe Museum Richmond Melissa Desjardins
 Ben Christina Poe Museum Richmond Melissa Desjardins
 Ben Christina Poe Museum Richmond Melissa Desjardins

Vendors

Photographer: Melissa Desjardins Photography 

Ceremony: The Poe Museum 

Florist: Amanda Burnette 

Dress: BHLDN 

Groom’s attire: Ralph Lauren 

Hair+ Makeup: Avenue 42 

Engagement Ring: Tiffany & Co. 

Wedding Bands: Suetake Bros. 

Claddagh Band: Claddagh Jewelers 


melissa desjardins

Meet Melissa Desjardins Photography: I am a fun, fearless wedding photographer living in RVA, who is available for travel world-wide. 

I don’t view photography through a traditional lens, and the same can be said for your wedding day vision. Society’s so-called conventions are, well, all-too-conventional for your individual style; but we both know it runs much deeper than that. You’ve never been one to settle for the status quo. Should the most important day of your life be any different?

Of course not! 

You’ve put a ton of hard work into making “The Big Day” an expression of you and your partner’s unique styles. So when that day arrives, you deserve to enjoy the aesthetic you’ve created through artfully-crafted photography. Though beyond aesthetics, it means the world to me when couples trust I’ll capture the genuine moments of the most significant chapter of their love story with my special brand of energy and passion.