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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January 6, 2015

Chris & Hayley | Manassas, Virginia Cozy Winter Portraits


Chris and Hayley … where do I even begin with these two?! I fell in love with their adorable little family last year from the moment I met them! Let’s be honest, I stalk all of Hayley’s Instagram for her ADORABLE pup photos and not to mention her awesome sense of home decorating! You remember them from their amazing pink and gold travel themed Raspberry Plain, Leesburg wedding?! Definitely a wedding I will never forget. 🙂 Originally we had scheduled to do some portraits in a gorgeous gown Hayley found as her initial wedding dress, but our original plan didn’t work out so we moved forward with these winter portraits to start off the New Year! 🙂 Chris and Hayley exude a great joyful energy every time I photograph them. Natural smiles right before that perfect kiss … EVERY. TIME. Makes my heart melt. 🙂 If 2015 starts out like this, it’s going to be a great year!

Thank you Chris and Hayley for waking up super early to make this session happen! 🙂 You all have sweet hearts and it has been an honor documenting your journey!

manassass_virginia_portrait_wedding_photographer-1_webI love their little pup, Jobe!
manassass_virginia_portrait_wedding_photographer-4_webSeriously … I’m OBSESSED with her boots!
manassass_virginia_portrait_wedding_photographer-10_webThat golden light!!!
manassass_virginia_portrait_wedding_photographer-7_webFavorite! <3
manassass_virginia_portrait_wedding_photographer-20_webmanassass_virginia_portrait_wedding_photographer-24_webmanassass_virginia_portrait_wedding_photographer-27_webmanassass_virginia_portrait_wedding_photographer-34_webThey are always so smiley! 🙂 I love photographing these two so much!

xoxo! Happy New Year to the newlyweds!!!

If you are new here, my name is Stephanie Messick from Stephanie Messick Photography! I’m based out of Northern Virginia, more specifically Warrenton area but love to travel! You can check out more of my wedding and portrait photos through searching through my blog or my website. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

  1. Sami says:

    LOVE this session!! So cozy & warm 🙂 And that field..ahhhh! Great eye, girl!


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