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!

light chaser, dreamer, go-getter.

@stephaniemessickphoto

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You might remember these two from their garden engagement session last year, but I cannot help but think back to our coffee date when I first met Colin and Nicole. I love any chance to connect with my couples, and over a cup of joe, count me in! I adored their story as well as the sparkle […]

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Talk about a blast from the past … When Natalie reached out to me via email, I was SO excited to see her name, and then started thinking about the old days when we were kids. Natalie and I attended St. John’s private school, where we had the “privilege” of looking the same wearing a uniform every […]

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I’m currently typing this blog post at my parent’s house in Virginia, but tomorrow, I’ll be home sweet home with my Alex until April! YAY! This will be the longest stretch of time we have spent together as husband and wife and I. CANNOT. WAIT. It has been a long time coming with many days […]

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Every time I see Brennan and Lindsey, I feel as though a ray of light shines from within them. They radiate joy and happiness! It might be obvious in the photos below. šŸ˜‰ And when I think about their wedding day in 2018, I can see how God was a part of their stories. The […]

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What a YEAR. Going through 2019 has me questioning how did I manage… It was for sure the best year yet, but I can also admit that I don’t want to do it again. HAHA! Planning a wedding in six months while running a full-time business, packing up a house, and trying to sell was […]

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It’s not very often when I take on DC sessions, but when I do, they are some of my FAVORITE. I seem to forget the traffic or the early alarm or the FREEZING temps that we had to face when I just see pure JOY in the engagement portraits posted on the blog. And, goodness, […]

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This past week was my first “real week” back to the swing of things! I’m finally in one place and I’m feeling settled back in with Alex, and I’m loving it! Although towards the end of this week I’ll be heading back to VA for a quick trip to photograph a wedding, I’m looking forward […]

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Christmas may be over, but it’s finally time to share this darling couple with you all on the blog! While I was visiting family in Northern Virginia last month for Christmas, Rob, Sameera, and I got together to celebrate their engagement by taking photos. šŸ™‚ They graciously welcomed me inside of their charming Old Town Alexandria home. […]

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Nothing like blogging great vacations six months after it happened … HA! Charleston is one of my favorite places and I’m excited to share our mini-moon with you!!! šŸ™‚ Whether you have been or not, I hope you find this post as exciting as it was for us exploring. Give me pimiento cheese everything, fun […]

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I have to start this post by disclaiming that newborn photography is not my specialty, which is why you primarily see couples and families on my website. šŸ˜‰ HOWEVER, the gift of life is by far the most beautiful gift from God. So, of course, I had to make an exception for my niece! Amelia […]

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