I’m Stephanie, a wedding + lifestyle photographer based in Colorado Springs, Colorado and Warrenton, Virginia. Whether I’m by the mountains of Colorado or Virginia, my soul feels at home, surrounded by rural living and the raw beauty of nature. I genuinely love what I do, and feel so passionate to share the enthusiasm and joy of these celebrations with you!



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August 8, 2013

Joe & Breanne Wedding | Briar Patch Bed and Breakfast, Middleburg, Virginia Photographer

I drove up to Briar Patch Bed and Breakfast just remembering driving past this place years ago thinking that was a gorgeous venue … well, sure enough I was photographing a wedding Saturday! I was stoked! I met up with Breanne and started running around taking prepping shots and loved the little spaces I was finding around the house! Classy, preppy, romantic … Already off on a great start! We were soon off to the church and once I arrived, I started mapping out my game plan for the ceremony. I was warned from the church coordinators to watch what I was doing otherwise, the priest will let me know by giving me “the eye”. Lol! That made me feel a little uneasy since every church/priest is different, but I reassured them that I am very respectful when it comes to running around during the ceremony. It was not until the reception that I had the priest approach me after seeing some photos on my slideshow … This was my first time hearing any comment/review from a priest regarding to how I did. Gosh, my heart sank until he just bursted out with enthusiasm, “I love you!”! He was so pleased seeing how I handled the ceremony and believe me, this was such relief hearing this from someone who sees many photographers come in and out each week. What I really loved about the ceremony was how involved Joe and Breanne were! I love seeing the love demonstrated to God, not just to themselves, but to the church and to their family/friends!

After arriving to the reception … oh gosh, I looked in the room and immediately thought, this could be my future wedding! Lol! It was gorgeous and of course I loved the details with the apples in the flower vases … and PINK! Haha! It was a perfect setting for Joe and Breanne. And here are the photos to show for it! 🙂 Enjoy the preview! CONGRATS Joe and Breanne!!!! xoxo

Loved her flowers!


Such a cute reaction!

Awwwww … what a precious moment!

Thank you Joe and Breanne and family for a great wedding!!! What a day to remember! xoxo

PREPPING SPACE: Briar Patch Bed and Breakfast, Middleburg, VA
CEREMONY: Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church, VA
RECEPTION SITE: Briar Patch Bed and Breakfast, Middleburg, VA
PHOTOGRAPHER: Stephanie Messick Photography
CATERER: Smokin Willies BBQ

  1. Nina Gouge says:

    Thank you Stephanie; these are beautiful! I wish I could’ve been there to witness such a great event, but this is almost as good! You really captured Breanne’s and Joe’s joy! God bless you!