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 16, 2024

Miles & Elizabeth | Jefferson Memorial, DC Engagement

Miles & Elizabeth | Washington DC, Engagement Photographer

Miles, Elizabeth, and I met one morning in Washington DC to document this sweet engagement season that seems to fly by. They were excited to have their portraits taken in a meaningful place to them! I love it when couples incorporate their favorite sports team too (as you’ll see at the end of this blog feature) — Go, Caps! We initially met at the Jefferson Memorial to kick off their engagement session in Washington DC and eventually ventured to the Lincoln Memorial…

But what do you do when one of your locations looks like THIS? You improvise!!

Miles & Elizabeth | Washington DC, Engagement Photographer

I don’t think I’ve seen this many people around the Lincoln Memorial before! But we had closeby options which worked out great for their portraits. 🙂 Their laughs and smiles were so contagious during our time together – I love all of these in-between moments caught on camera! With their wedding day happening this spring, I’m getting more and more excited to follow along their journey as they become husband and wife! They make a great team, and I cannot wait to watch their marriage flourish! Check out some of my favorite photos below!!

Miles & Elizabeth | Jefferson Memorial, DC Engagement

Miles & Elizabeth’s Story

How Miles and Elizabeth Met

Miles and Elizabeth met on Elizabeth’s first day of college. They were both on the track team and had practiced together every day. They started dating two years later and their first date was at a local restaurant in downtown West Chester. Elizabeth thought that the “special” meant it was a special price so they both ordered off the specials menu. Miles didn’t hesitate when he picked up the check.

Their first vacation together was to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter shortly after. As they were leaving on the last day, Elizabeth paused and looked back at the castle. That’s when Miles realized he was in love. Elizabeth didn’t have an “aha” moment when she was in love but realized it when she envisioned her future and Miles was always there with her.

How Miles Proposed to Elizabeth

Miles and Elizabeth had been dating for seven and a half years so whenever they did anything, Elizabeth assumed a proposal would happen. The two rented a lake house in Tennessee over Memorial Day weekend. After the lengthy car ride and unpacking, Elizabeth wanted to take a nap. Miles asked her to bring in one more bag from the car which had the sheets. Elizabeth said that it was a king bed and they only brought queen sheets so there was no need, however, Miles insisted. So she brought in the bag and went to lie down to take a nap.

Miles said, “You’re not going to make this easy for me, are you? Open the bag.” So she did and in the bag was every dress Elizabeth owned and all of her hair supplies. Miles told her that she had an hour to get ready. At this point, Elizabeth had her suspicions but went with it. In the meantime, Miles put on some romantic music and set up his camera. Elizabeth went on the back deck and that’s where he popped the question! Their dog Kyber was with them and the two got to spend the weekend engaged before they announced it to everyone when they got back from vacation.

A Washington, DC Sunrise Engagement Session at the Jefferson Memorial and the WWII Memorial.

Thank You!!!

Thank you, Elizabeth and Miles, for waking up early for these sweet documented engagement moments at the Jefferson Memorial in DC! I’m so glad we were able to avoid the crowds in the backdrop of your portraits. HAHA! It made for a good laugh, and I’m glad that you two were so easygoing to create these beautiful keepsake memories! I’m SO excited that you two are GETTING MARRIED THIS YEAR!!! 🙂 Counting down!!

Stephanie Messick Photography, LLC is a Colorado Springs, Colorado Wedding, Engagement, Maternity, + Family Photographer, also serving Northern, Washington DC + Central Virginia. Learn more HERE or contact her HERE!