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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@stephaniemessickphoto

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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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Jack's Understated National Park Themed Nursery

I’m finally debuting Jack’s nursery on the blog!!! When pondering a theme, we thought an understated National Park themed nursery was fitting for Jack to grow up loving. After all, I imagine this little guy will be adventurous as we plan to travel around the country over the years to come. šŸ™‚ Check out how we integrated the outdoor theme into his cozy room!

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Chris & Julie | Fort Walton Beach, Florida Anniversary Photographer

Check out the PRETTIEST sunset I’ve witnessed and photographed here on the emerald coast!!! Julie and Chris ran out in the cold sand with their pups to celebrate 32 years of marriage! šŸ™‚

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The Best Portrait Overlooks Shenandoah National Park

Are you looking for the best overlooks at Shenandoah National Park for your portrait? After years of photographing along Skyline Drive, I have been asked by countless photographers and fans WHERE in the world are these special, magical spots!!! Today, I’m sharing them! šŸ™‚

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Jack's Second Month

Wow. Another month under our belt!!! I love having these month-to-month updates as a personal journal to reflect this sweet time. I plan to do these updates until his first Birthday… Let’s see if I can make it to that point! šŸ˜‰ HA! This past month with Jack was another beautiful month filled with precious […]

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Best of 2020 | Virginia + Florida Lifestyle Portraits

This past year was so fun photographing families in a variety of backdrops! From the valleys of Northern Virginia to the crystal clear waters on the Emerald Coast beaches. It was a dream to photograph between these two extremes!!!! The coming years will look different after we move to our Air Force station this summer. […]

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