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!

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@stephaniemessickphoto

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Rob & Samee | Stone Tower Winery, Virginia Wedding Photographer

I was going to publish this wedding on the blog tomorrow … But I couldn’t wait another day!!! This wedding is one of my favorite Stone Tower Winery weddings, as a photographer, for many reasons. Rob and Samee went through so much to get to this party. They fought through the 2020 craziness. Even though […]

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Robby & Meghan | Airlie, Virginia Wedding Photographer

I remember leaving Robby and Meghan’s engagement session last year thinking about how I loved that they were down for anything! I mean, Meghan wore heels and managed to climb over rocks during our session! That’s a skill! Fortunately, this time around, she decided to ditch the heels and sport some comfortable shoes. 🙂 Smart choice for […]

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Colin & Jules | Navarre, Florida Family Photographer

You might recognize Jules and Colin on the blog — Not only have I photographed their engagement and wedding portraits, but also their maternity, and now these family portraits!!! Jules emailed me months ago letting me know that they were moving to the Florida Panhandle. 🙂 I was so excited that I felt the need […]

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Codey & Anna | Blue Valley Vineyard, Virginia Wedding Photographer

FINALLY. Anna and Codey tied the knot! They patiently waited to have their dream wedding at Blue Valley Vineyard after postponing too many times to remember… But they did it and persevered through the craziness of 2020!!! I’m so glad they were patient, because their guests were ready to PARTY. HAHA! Looking through their photos […]

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Andrew & Katie | Blue Valley Vineyard, Virginia Engagement

We met at Blue Valley Vineyard for their engagement portraits on a beautiful summer day. Although, funny enough, the day wasn’t intended to be beautiful at all… We actually pushed the session to happen mid-afternoon due to the threat of rain that evening. Little did we know that we were going to be photographing in […]

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Camille + Family | Destin, Florida Beach Photographer

I met with this lovely, sweet family at their vacation house on 30A just before moving to Colorado! 🙂 They had one epic set up with their iconic 30A style home situated on a private beach! When they searched for a Destin, Florida beach photographer, I’m so glad they reached out to me!!! What an […]

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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. 🙂 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!!! 🙂 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 their 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!!! 🙂 During one of my last trips to Virginia, we met up in Washington DC to take […]

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