Iā€™m Stephanie, a wedding + lifestyle photographer based in Colorado Springs, Colorado and Warrenton, Virginia. Whether Iā€™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 28, 2024

Clifton Inn Charlottesville, Virginia Winter Wedding

Clifton Inn Charlottesville, Virginia Winter Wedding

I knew I was in for a treat after I photographed Ryan and Paige’s engagement session in Washington DC ā€” They are not only down to earth but classy. The Clifton Inn in Charlottesville, Virginia, had an appealing factor that carried the same class Ryan and Paige embodied. Their closest family and friends gathered to celebrate them on a chilly winter day. Fortunately, the chill in the air was tolerable during their outdoor portrait time (a relief after a chilly rainstorm came through during the prepping part of the day)! Check out their intimate, cozy wedding!!

A Winter Wedding at the Clifton Inn in Charlottesville, Virginia

Clifton Inn Charlottesville, Virginia Winter Wedding

Ryan & Paige’s Wedding Day

Paige and Ryan wanted to keep their wedding stress-free and easy-going. Their emphasis was on their family/friend relationships. And we cannot forget their two precious pups! šŸ™‚ Paige brought bottle of perfume she made during her bachelorrette party in Paris, France. It was named “Le Pip” after her dog, Pip! My favorite moment from this part of the day was when Paige was getting buttoned into her dress, and Pip fell asleep on her dress! What a beautiful demonstration of the sweet bond between these two. <3

The guys enjoyed relaxing in the wine cellar. I loved that Ryan went with a velvet suit jacket for his attire ā€” Fitting for a winter wedding (and it tied in with the girl’s dresses)!

I love that Paige and Ryan found a personalized ornament for every guest and used them as the seating assignment! Everyone loved their special ornament. šŸ™‚

Originally, Ryan and Paige were just going to enjoy their reception mingling and not hire a DJ. But I’m so glad they changed their minds because they had a great time having intentional conversations with every guest and dancing! And their family and friends had the best time too!!

Thank You!!

Thank you, Ryan and Paige, for having me document this beautiful day for you! I loved the intention of spending quality time with family and friends. It was personal and intimate with your 80 closest family and friends. <3 And what a perfect backdrop/winter experience at the Clifton Inn in Charlottesville, Virginia! It came together beautifully ā€” CONGRATS!!!


Thanks to the vendors who made this happen!

Venue: The Clifton
Coordinator: Ashley Baber Weddings
Photographer: Stephanie Messick Photography
Ceremony Music: The Bloom Trio
DJ: King Studios DJ
Rentals: MS Events + Blue Ridge Event Productions
Florist: Blue Ridge Floral Design
Makeup: Rouge 9 Makeup
Hair: Top Knot Studio