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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September 4, 2013

Dave & Ashton | Morais Vineyard, Virginia Wedding Photographer

I had no idea when going into this wedding that I would absolutely fall in LOVE with the atmosphere! My mom and sister have been to this venue for wine tasting and came home RAVING about Morais Vineyard! Immediately, they knew that I would go crazy when I saw it in person … and they were so right! When I walked into the space and started to see Dave and Ashton’s details come to life, I wanted Sunday to never end! Details, the atmosphere, the couple, the family and friends made photographing their wedding day an absolute dream! In fact, I now picture my future wedding here! Haha! It is almost as if you walked into another country with this Spanish vibe. I have been dying to share these photos with you all!

I have to say that during their reception, I did not expect there to be a lot of crying … but it happens. 🙂 It makes my heart SO happy to capture a God loving couple. Truly, they put God first in their relationship to ensure that they can make it through everything, thick and thin. Dave definitely testified his love to the entire reception when he took the microphone on the dance floor. There was not one person in the room who was not crying! It was so obvious how much in love they are! And I am SO honored to photograph this type of everlasting and genuine love. 🙂 Gosh, looking back through their photos make me tear up again!

Dave and Ashton, thank you for an amazing engagement session, all of the get togethers and of course the fabulous wedding day! I wish this process didn’t have to end, but you two have been a dream team to work with and I would love to stay in touch! Enjoy the preview!!! xoxo

LOVE her dress and bracelet!

Rehearsal bouquet one of her bridesmaids made … uhhhh can you say IMPRESSIVE?!

Love her shoes! Matches her theme perfectly! 🙂

KUDOS to her Aunt for putting these together … as well as everything else! Gosh, impressive! Might have to hire her for my future wedding! 😉

In LOVE with this venue!

This hair/makeup artist is PHENOMENAL!!!!

Oh yes, and the crying starts here…

Goodness, isn’t she a STUNNING bride?!

Dave and Ashton wrote letters to one another to swap before their ceremony

This is cute … bride doing her mom’s makeup! 🙂 Her momma says this is what they do all of the time which I think is absolutely adorable!


Holy cow girl… You look AMAZING!!!!

Awwww! Mom and daughter moment!

LOVE this! Dried flowers on the ceremony program! Perfect!

So precious!

Her father was the pastor for the wedding ceremony, which I find so special! I have had another bride of mine do the same thing and I always find this to most touching! 🙂

Husband and wife!!!!

Love the mens shoes!


You girls are BEAUTIFUL!

Look what we found! Ah! SO cute!!!

This is precious!


Well, the horse decided to see what’s up!

…and try licking her face/eating her veil! No big deal! 😉 Lol!


WHOA girl!

Gorgeous! Felt like I was in Europe taking these photos!



Obsessed with these!

REALLY love this idea! Each guest can highlight a proverb in the Bible and sign next to it! Lovely!

Gorgeous set up!

Of course Philadelphia fans!

In LOVE with her cake!

Cookie and milk bar!


It was the exact day that her parents got married … so Dave and Ashton surprised them with welcoming them to the dance floor and have a dance to themselves with their first dance song! 🙂 HOW CUTE!!!

And this was the tear jerker… Dave had such a way with his words and it could not have been more perfect!

Then it was time to DANCE! 🙂

Cute! Haha!

Love this!

THANK YOU Dave and Ashton for a fabulous and fun time at your wedding! This will be a wedding I will NEVER forget! 🙂

Ceremony/Reception: Morais Vineyard, Bealeton, Virginia
Planner: Ruth Ann Kesner
Photography: Stephanie Messick Photography
Hair/Makeup: Zia
Caterer: Caroline Street Catering
Florist: Ruth Ann Kesner
Baker: Ruth Ann Kesner
Ceremony and Cocktail Hour Guitarist: Sharif
DJ: Nat Klancy, Im the DJ
Video: Jon Key

  1. Emily says:

    Oh my gosh! This is such a beautiful wedding. I love everything about it. From the bride’s stylish accessories to the rustic cake. Great job Steph!


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