Iโ€™m Stephanie, a wedding + lifestyle photographer based in Destin, Florida and Warrenton, Virginia. Whether Iโ€™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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Iโ€™m Stephanie, a wedding + lifestyle photographer based in Destin, Florida and Warrenton, Virginia. Whether Iโ€™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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Life Update | We Moved to Colorado!!!

We are officially Coloradans! We miss our Florida friends and the breath-taking beaches, but we have a feeling that Colorado is going to be so good to us!!! It’s still so hard to believe that we are finally here. But we are looking forward to settling in over the weeks ahead. ๐Ÿ™‚ After all, we […]

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Alex & Lu | Morais Vineyard, Virginia Wedding

Thinking back to Alex and Lu’s foggy Washington DC engagement session, I cannot believe the contrast in terms of weather! Although, as beautiful as our time was together, this pink-orange-yellow color scheme seemed so fitting for this bright, sunshine-filled wedding day!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Alex and Lu’s love is soft and gentle, but this wedding brought an […]

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Lu & Erin | The Great Marsh Estate, Virginia Wedding

What a great way to kick off the summer season!!! If you remember these two from theirย Washington DC engagement session, you know these two are a bundle of joy! They carried that same joy and enthusiasm for life into their wedding day! They also made sure everyone else enjoyed themselves too… Cue the LLAMAS! Not […]

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Lu & Erin | Washington DC Engagement Photographer

It’s an exciting time for Lu and Erin right now because they are just DAYS away from tying the knot at Great Marsh Estate!!!! What a perfect time to debut this sweet and FUN couple on the blog!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ During one of my last trips to Virginia, we met up in Washington DC to take […]

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Julie + Family | Destin, Florida Beach Photographer

WOW. That is enough to say about this sessionโ€ฆ By far, one of my favorite sessions on the beach!!! Not only because we had one GORGEOUS sunset, but because this family had high energy! ๐Ÿ™‚ Julie and her darling family came to Destin, Florida, and wanted to hire a beach photographer during their vacation. After […]

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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. ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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! ๐Ÿ™‚ 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… ๐Ÿ˜‰ The views […]

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Jack's Fourth Month

We celebrated FOUR months with Jack last Friday!!! He’s growing up soooo fast โ€” In fact, it’s about time for him to move into his crib! ๐Ÿ™ I’m not sure how I feel about that โ€ฆ 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!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ 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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