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!

light chaser, dreamer, go-getter.

@stephaniemessickphoto

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Now that we have covered my favorite engagement ring shots from last year, it’s time to share my favorite Virginia + Florida engagement portraits! And actually, this goes even beyond Florida and Virginia! I see quite a number of other states/cities/countries represented in these photos below. πŸ™‚ Hello, Washington D.C., Charleston, Raliegh, Harper’s Ferry, and […]

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You don’t realize how much you miss the fall leaves until you move south. Alex and I both come from Virginia, where mountains are within an hour’s reach. Now that we live in Florida, we don’t see those pretty colorful mountains during the fall season. So we decided to head north for a little adventure […]

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Now that I covered some of my favorite lifestyle portraits from 2019, I’m continuing the “Best of 2019” series today with Florida + Virginia engagement ring photos!!! Get ready for some eye candy! I had the privilege of photographing many couples engagement portraits in Florida and Virginia this past year. And during each session, I […]

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This “Coffee Talk Mondays” doesn’t appear super eventful, but the winter season is one of my FAVORITE seasons of the year!!! And not because of the cold temps. I would much prefer the summer beach days. πŸ™‚ But I LOVE working on projects!!! Whether that is for business for personal purposes, I love dreaming and […]

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We may have celebrated Ollie’s second birthday on Christmas Eve, but it was two years ago when Ollie came home. πŸ™‚ Hard to believe he was once a little pup. Now he’s an 85/90 pound dog who thinks he is still a little pup. HA! Just ask Alex or see the photos below. πŸ˜‰ I’ve […]

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It’s Wednesday and I’m posting a “Coffee Talk Mondays” post… It might not be correct, but today is my Monday as I catch up from a long weekend away. πŸ™‚ Meaning, I’ll be spending a lot of my day behind my computer while I get everything in order. This morning was a real struggle getting […]

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It’s that time of the winter season when I have the honor of sharing some of my favorite memories from the previous year. From Virginia to Florida, 2019 was quite eventful!! I managed to book portraits during my trips in two different states, which made traveling very busy, but also rewarding. When I look at […]

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This season is so good for the heart and soul. <3 I’ve had editing off my plate for two weeks now after photographing Colin and Nicole’s wedding last month, so it’s the season to work on behind the scenes projects. My favorite!!!! Except taxes … they are never fun … BUT I finished balancing out […]

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Do you have a part of the house that isn’t functioning well? Maybe you have a little nook next to the doorway that solely collects shoes. Why not make it aΒ mini mudroom? Or perhaps you have an empty wall just around the corner from the kitchen that doesn’t serve a purpose. Why not build storage […]

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When Kaitlyn initially reached out to me saying they were pregnant, my heart could have burst! πŸ™‚ Two thoughts went through my head. I was so excited that Josh and Kaitlyn were going to be parents!! The other thought was how honored I was that they wanted me to photograph their maternity portraits at Marriott […]

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