Iā€™m Stephanie, a wedding + lifestyle photographer based in Destin, Florida and Warrenton, Virginia. Whether Iā€™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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Iā€™m Stephanie, a wedding + lifestyle photographer based in Destin, Florida and Warrenton, Virginia. Whether Iā€™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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Brian & Jenn | Raspberry Plain Manor, Virginia Wedding

This was an overly anticipated day for Brian and Jenn. After postponing from the 2020 craziness, they only hoped that their wedding at Raspberry Plain Manor in Virginia would happen! Spoiler Alert … It happened. šŸ˜‰ HA! Now, they FINALLY wear the title of Mr. and Mrs.!!! <3 After photographing their Washington DC engagement portraits […]

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We are Moving to Colorado!!!

We are MOVING to Colorado Springs this July! šŸ™‚ As much as we love the beaches here in Florida, we are soooo excited to head back to the mountains. Although, Colorado is just a little different from the Virginia mountains we are used to. Especially when it comes to the ski slopes… šŸ˜‰ The views […]

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Jack's Fourth Month

We celebrated FOUR months with Jack last Friday!!! He’s growing up soooo fast ā€” In fact, it’s about time for him to move into his crib! šŸ™ I’m not sure how I feel about that ā€¦ Because he’s growing so quickly, we had to swap out from our favorite Ollie Swaddle (he was too tall […]

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Best of 2020 | Virginia Wedding Portraits

This post has to be one of my favorites when it comes to the “Best of” series!!! šŸ™‚ šŸ™‚ šŸ™‚ So much joy, excitement, and enthusiasm for the new title of “Mr.” and “Mrs.!” And when it comes to my 2020 couples, there’s a reason for the enthusiasm more than ever before!! So many obstacles […]

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Jessica Family | Okaloosa Island, Florida Photographer

Working in a vacation photo shoot here in Destin, Florida can be a fun excuse to get the family together!!! And it seems to be a common thing to do. Many families admit how quickly the time had passed since last taking family portraits… And with children, that time seems to fly by even faster! […]

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Best of 2020 | Virginia Wedding Party Portraits

Today is all about the Virginia wedding party portraits!!! šŸ™‚ I love sharing some of my favorite captures from last year ā€” Especially when looking through a collection of images like this below. So much joy and laughter!!! Not to mention, I love seeing the trends of 2020 reflecting in these images … Hello, VELVET! […]

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Best of 2020 | Virginia Wedding Ceremony Moments

Wedding ceremonies last year looked a lot different than years prior. Some couples cut down their attendance, nixed the wedding party, provided hand sanitizer/masks for guests, and/or distanced chairs. Every wedding had something that wasn’t really visioned for their day. BUT I love seeing that they made it work and they walked in with a […]

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Best of 2020 | Virginia Wedding Prepping Moments

Moving forward from some of my favorite prepping details from last year… Time to share my favorite Virginia Wedding Prepping Moments from 2020! šŸ™‚ So much love and beauty from this part of the day!! Hair and makeup is done, and it’s finally time to assemble the entire look! Sometimes it might also mean an […]

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Jack's Third Month

We celebrated THREE months with our sweet boy last Tuesday! I cannot believe we are officially out of the fourth trimester!! This season is so bittersweet, and I am soaking it in as much as I can! <3 These photos I take every month are precious and something I’ll cherish forever as he continues to […]

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Best of 2020 | Virginia Wedding Bridal Details

It’s about that time to share my favorite 2020 wedding photos before the 2021 wedding kicks off in April!! šŸ™‚ If you want to check out other “Best of 2021” blog posts, see more portraits HERE! To start the wedding segment of this series, I’m sharing my favorite Virginia wedding bridal details! You get to […]

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