March 12, 2019

Coffee Talk Mondays

Iā€™m Stephanie Messick, a wedding and lifestyle photographer based in Warrenton, VA. Whether Iā€™m by the mountains in Virginia or the ocean on the Florida Gulf Coast, my soul feels right 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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Coffee Talk Mondays | VA + FL Wedding Photographer

I’m currently sitting in a coffee shop hiding… I’ll admit that I’m not good with people or animals going through pain. Maybe I’m too empathetic, but I got a phone call an hour ago from the vet saying that Ollie is done with his procedure. He’s officially gender-neutral! HA! I’m trying to make light of the situation, but I’m hiding out because I don’t want to see Ollie in his current state. He was anticipated to get neutered last Tuesday but the local shelter turned him away when they couldn’t find one of his “man goods.” What was supposed to be a $175 bill turned into $660. My vet found it in his tummy but Ollie is walking away with three incisions because they had to go gold mining to find it. Ollie is out of commission for 7-10 days with very minimal walking. I asked how am I supposed to ensure he will be okay with minimal activity and they told me tranquilizers… GUYS. I’m not ready to be a fur parent. I cannot imagine tranquilizing Ollie to keep him from going bonkers. This is why I’m hiding out until the last minute when I’m allowed to pick him up. In fact, I’m having my sister meet me for moral support to go pick him up… Call me a wimp. I don’t care! šŸ˜‰ I’m so grateful I’m marrying a doctor because Lord knows I cannot handle medical stuff… Please tell me I’m not the only one?!

Anyways, this past week has been a good one because I have a lot going on but it’s all very manageable!!! šŸ™‚ I’m currently fixing up my house for it’s first showing next weekend (just about done!!!), pre-packaging my client gifts/packages, wedding planning, and working on my business schedule. šŸ™‚ Shaping up to be a great start to the spring season!!

Let’s catch up with some highlights from this past week!!!

COFFEE TALK

MOCHA MOMENTS
THE SWEETER MEMORIES FROM THIS PAST WEEK

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DECLUTTERING + DECORATING

I’m working hard on my house sprucing it up for it’s first showing on Sunday!!! I am going to officially put it on the market next month (AH! SURREAL!!) and going to have an open house on April 7th!!! You know what’s interesting? Three years ago on that first Sunday in April, I celebrated a house warming party! Crazy!!!

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LOVE MY COWORKERS!!!

Since I don’t work in an office, making time to get together with my friendors doesn’t happen as often as I would like. But when it does happen, we have the best time!!! I’m very grateful for this slower season to see and catch up with industry friends!!

Coffee Talk Mondays | VA + FL Wedding Photographer

I was a part of the Morais Vineyard Show this past weekend and got to hang out with some of my favorite people!!! šŸ™‚ One of my favorite parts was ending it with a Girl Scout cookie wine tasting!!! YUM! It was delcious … Of course!!! Highly recommend this unique experience at Morais!!!

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WEDDING FUN!!!

Now that some of the wedding planning stressors are starting to eliminate, I’m really enjoying some fun activities!!! Like wine testing! šŸ™‚ Or receiving Save the Dates or the SWEETEST gift from Alex and my wedding photographer!!!! We cannot wait to see what Anna documents in June!!! AH! Here’s a quick idea for budget cautious brides ā€” Only buy enough Save the Dates for immediate family for a keepsake!Ā 

Coffee Talk Mondays | VA + FL Wedding Photographer

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CELEBRATING BABY ELLIE!!!!

I loved taking the time over the weekend to celebrate my friend’s expecting baby! Cannot wait to meet her SOON!!!!! <3

Coffee Talk Mondays | VA + FL Wedding Photographer

ESPRESSO MOMENTS
THE BITTER MEMORIES FROM THIS PAST WEEK

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MY FUR BABYYYY!!!!

If you read the intro of this post, you know why I’m putting him in my “espresso moments.” It’s going to be a long 7-10 days of no playtime. šŸ™Ā 

Coffee Talk Mondays | VA + FL Wedding Photographer

I was going to end this blog post by saying, “HAPPY MONDAY” … But I’m a day late. šŸ˜‰ HAPPY TUESDAY!!!!

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