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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February 6, 2024

A Skyline Drive Fall Virginia Mountain Engagement

A Skyline Drive Fall Virginia Mountain Engagement

What a romantic evening! The sky showed off for Olivia and Marshall’s Skyline Drive Virginia mountain engagement session! And their sweet laughs/smiles lit up the photos more. <3 I appreciated them driving from the DC metro area for these portraits in the mountains. Shenandoah Mountain photos are some of my favorite sessions in Virginia!

Talk about a photogenic couple. When I first met Olivia and Marshall, I knew I was in for a treat photographing them. They came prepared with outfit choices, which was fun to mix and match during the session! I loved Olivia’s white dress with the sheer sleeves. Plus, why not wear as much white during this engagement season? 🙂 Check out their darling session below!!

A Skyline Drive Fall Virginia Mountain Engagement

Marshall & Olivia’s Love Story

How Marshall and Olivia Met
from Olivia’s perspective

Marshall & I planned to meet for our first date at a small speakeasy that I had never been to. After some slight panic that I had absolutely no idea where I was going, I ran into him, who was equally lost. As soon as we met and began searching for this place together, I got a glimpse at his outgoing and fun personality. I instantly knew I could fall for him. After a great first date, we never stopped talking and began spending every moment we could together. It didn’t take long before we decided to make it official and begin our relationship.

How Marshall Proposed to Olivia
from Olivia’s perspective

After only officially dating for about 4 months, we had already begun to talk about an engagement. When we took a trip to my family’s house in Key West, FL, we decided to look at rings on Duval Street. Things ended up escalating a bit more quickly than expected after got to the jewelry store. I tried on a bunch of rings and ended up falling in love with a specific one. When Marshall saw how much I loved it, he ended up getting it right there. He got down on a knee later that week at my family vacation home!

A Shenandoah National Park Overlook Engagement Session

Thank you!!!

Thank you, Olivia and Marshall, for having me document these sweet, precious memories for you! It was a joy hanging out with you two, and it was effortless documenting your love! I love that you chose to have your engagement portraits at my favorite place in Virginia, the Skyline Drive mountain range! Enjoy this season of your life before officially tying the knot! CONGRATS!!!

Stephanie Messick Photography, LLC is a Northern and Central, Virginia + Colorado Family, Wedding, and Engagement Photographer. Learn more HERE or contact her HERE!!