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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May 28, 2015

Peter & Stephanie

Peter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding Photographer

Saturday, I was in flower + farm + sunset HEAVEN. You will see exactly why below. I don’t think I have ever seen so many flowers in one place!!! 🙂 The reason being is that Peter’s mom does this for a living and she is SUPER talented!!! I’m still in awe… I was also in awe over the time and creativity that was put into their ceremony/reception space. A lot was built by hand (like the dance floor, bench, refreshment bar, etc.)… I guess everyone is just super talented between Peter, Stephanie and their families! I may have to hire them to do my future wedding. 😉 Along with their creativity, I want Peter and Stephanie’s luck with gorgeous sunsets! If you remember their Culpeper, Virginia farm engagement session last year, they had an incredible sunset as well! It’s a photographer’s dream to catch that beautiful glowy light. They were extremely lucky Saturday between these rainy days we have been experiencing.

Peter and Stephanie’s wedding day was nothing short of amazing. I loved their fun spirits on the dance floor, especially when we got to a special performance by Peter and his crew. Believe me, they didn’t plan to do this until probably 30 minutes before it happened. Haha! During that time, I turned around to see everyone recording it … you all might be the next bit YouTube hit! 😉 Their special moments and details were distinctive and I hope these photos allow them to relive the essence of their wedding day over and over again.

CONGRATS Peter and Stephanie!!! I wish you two the absolute best during your marriage life together!!! I am incredibly honored to have been your wedding photographer. Enjoy seeing your day through my lens! xoxo!

Peter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerPeter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerPeter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerPeter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerPeter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerPeter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerSweet letter from Peter. <3
Peter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerPeter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerPeter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerPeter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerSo pretty girls!!!
Peter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerI love the color combination of this farm wedding!!!
Peter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerPeter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerPeter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerSweet moment between Maid of Honor, Skyler, and Stephanie. 🙂
Peter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerPeter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerPeter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerPeter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerNice, guys!
Peter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerPeter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerPeter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerPeter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerPeter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerPeter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerPeter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerYAY!!!!
Peter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerPeter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerThis is cute! Haha! Celebrating with the guys!
Peter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerPeter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerPeter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerGAH! You’re stunning!!!
Peter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerPeter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerPeter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerPeter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerPeter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerI could photograph here all day!
Peter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerLove!
Peter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerPeter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerPeter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerSo precious!
Peter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerPeter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerNow the flower goodness begins! 🙂
Peter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerEvery table had their own cake to cut! LOVE this idea!!!!
Peter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerPeter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerPeter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerPeter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerSucculents, peonies and tulips … I am liking this combination!
Peter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerPeter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerPeter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerPeter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerSo impressed with this dance floor they made!
Peter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerPeter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerPeter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerPeter made this bench … I may have to get him to build some furniture in my house!
Peter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerHe also built this refreshment bar! So talented!
Peter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerPeter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerSweet moments between father/daughter. <3
Peter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerPeter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerPeter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerPeter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerPeter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerThen we ran out for some sunset photos!
Peter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerOne of my favorites!!!!
Peter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerPeter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerPeter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerPeter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerI love this one of the girls! So cute and fun!
Peter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerDancing time!!
Peter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerPeter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerPeter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerPeter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerThe guys put on a show for Stephanie! Not to mention that it was a spontaneous dancing show and even better? It was to Taylor Swift’s “Shake it off”. Lol!
Peter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerStephanie LOVED it! Haha!
Peter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerThe ring bearer was trying to take off the garter! Lol!
Peter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerAdvice from the grandparents, “Never stop having fun”. 🙂
Peter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerCONGRATS!!!!!!
Peter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding Photographer

Thank you to all of the vendors involved!!!
Venue: Mount Pony Farm in Culpeper, VA
Photographer: Stephanie Messick Photography
Hair: Kristy Minor, Courtnie Thomas, Lexie Settle
Caterer: Hanks Southern Cuisine & Barbecue
Florist: Carol Inskeep, AIFD (Peter’s Mom)
Bakery: Wegmans Bakery
DJ: Nate Clancy from Im the DJ
Dress Designer: Mori Lee
Tent & Rentals: Gibson Rental

  1. Lauren Swann says:

    Everything looks amazing, Steph!!! Those florals and those portraits!! Ah!!

  2. These are gorgeous Stephanie!! I feel like the sun is radiating in every image – stunning!!

  3. Nate Clancy says:

    You captured everything a couple could ever want in the photos. You definitely have all their special moments saved forever! Perfectly perfect and such an amazing photographer.

  4. Karena Dixon says:

    I can’t get over all the florals! SO beautiful!!

  5. Kristin Alley Corrigan says:

    The flowers are so luscious and colorful – beautiful! Love the sunset photos too! xo

  6. Caitlin says:

    what a gorgeous and colorful wedding! absolutely love the sunset couples portraits!!

  7. Amazing Stephanie! I love how you can tell just from these photos how in love this beautiful couple is! Well captured 🙂

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