I’m Stephanie, a wedding + lifestyle photographer based in Destin, Florida and Warrenton, Virginia. Whether I’m by the mountains in Virginia or the ocean on the Florida Gulf Coast, 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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I’m Stephanie, a wedding + lifestyle photographer based in Destin, Florida and Warrenton, Virginia. Whether I’m by the mountains in Virginia or the ocean on the Florida Gulf Coast, 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!

light chaser, dreamer, go-getter.

@stephaniemessickphoto

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florida Panhandle

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find insperation

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DIY Guest "Book" Adventure Map

For travel lovers out there, I hope this DIY Guest “Book” Adventure Map inspires you!!! Alex and I hope to travel the world over the years to come, so incorporating a little hint of “adventure” into our wedding day was fun to brainstorm! There are so many types of guest “book” maps out there, but […]

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Anna & Justin | Okaloosa Island, Florida Proposal Photographer

This post is EXTRA special. One because a SUPER sweet proposal happened recently!!! Two (spoiler alert), Anna said YES!!!! Three, this is the exact place where Alex proposed to me too. 🙂 When Justin reached out to me about a proposal on Okaloosa Island in Florida, I couldn’t say “YES” fast enough!! There’s something about proposals that […]

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Last week felt like a whirlwind of emotions! I’ve been through hurricanes in my past, but this one was so different. I’m sharing the behind the scenes in this post, so be sure to check it out below! On a happier note, I’m finally taking these next two weeks to work on house stuff. 🙂 […]

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The Mast Family | Warrenton, Virginia Photographer

I’ve known this beautiful family what feels like my entire life!! In fact, the Mast family was one of the first families in Warrenton, Virginia, who hired me as a photographer! And that was about a decade ago … Crazy!!! Seeing their kids grown, unfortunately, reminds me of my age, though. HA! But they are […]

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The Downs Family | Warrenton, Virginia Portrait Photographer

I’ve been privileged to know the Downs family for years!! Not only as a wedding + family photographer but as a friend throughout my time in Warrenton, Virginia. <3 They have a special place in my heart that continues to overflow with joy every time I catch up with them. And what a journey it […]

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Coffee Talk Mondays

Someone needs to figure out how to slow down time… Although, I know that mostly everyone is counting down to 2021 and get this year over with. Haha! Between the move next summer and expecting our first baby in December, I am finding that the days, weeks, and months are FLYING! I’ve been counting down […]

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The Daltons | Sylvanside Farm, Virginia Family Photographer

What a great way to celebrate this precious little girl by taking family portraits! After all, the last time this family and I got together for pictures was when Claudia was pregnant with Evelyn. 🙂 We took photos nine months in, and now these portraits mark nine months out! How special!!! And I’m glad Herman, the pup, […]

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Mike & Lauren | Shenandoah Mountains, Virginia Wedding Photographer

When I look through these photos below (especially the ones at sunset), it looked like a DREAM! Fortunately, it wasn’t a dream … Mike and Lauren are MARRIED!!!! And while their Virginia wedding didn’t happen in the Shenandoah Mountains, they celebrated with their immediate family back in May at the Athenaeum. 🙂 …Yes. During the lockdown!!! […]

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Coffee Talk Mondays

I hope everyone had a fun and safe Labor Day weekend!!! I’m at it again with a Coffee Talk “Monday” post … Except, it’s Tuesday! 😉 Alex had some time off which was SO nice from the crazy, long shifts he worked. 🙂 Even though we didn’t go anywhere, it was a nice staycation!!! And […]

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Hellie | Warrenton, Virginia Farm Senior Portrait Photographer

I can remember attending my aunt’s baby shower YEARS ago, celebrating the upcoming arrival of my cousin, Helen. Flash forward many, many years later, my cousin is now a high school SENIOR at Liberty High School. I’m not sure how those years in between slipped away… The little girl I once taught swim lessons is […]

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