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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Best of 2020 | Virginia + Florida Engagement Portraits

I kicked off the “Best of 2020” series last week with engagement ring photos. Naturally, next on the list is to debut my favorite Virginia + Florida engagement + couples portraits from last year! 🙂 Despite cutting back my workload due to the pandemic, looking at these images below looks as though it wasn’t an […]

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DIY Refurbished Changing Table

It has been a while since posting a DIY project on the blog. 🙂 And if you know me, I love working on things with potential!!! Even if it is as simple as a paint job and new hardware. Being 30+ weeks pregnant, I wasn’t looking for a time-consuming project. But this project found me!! […]

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Best of 2020 | Engagement Ring Shots

2020 was a strange year, and nothing comparable to the past years in the wedding industry. I’m not going to sugarcoat it… It was so challenging to watch so many couples cancel and postpone their plans. But I don’t want to treat it any differently in the way I celebrate my couples. <3 That’s why […]

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Jack's First Month

How has it already been a month?! Something tells me that these months/years ahead will fly by as quickly as everyone says. I’m a few days late posting this, but we just celebrated Jack’s first month on Saturday!!! 🙂 I love seeing his personality come out week by week. But one thing is for sure… […]

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Jack's Birth Story

Some situations shake us from the inside-out. And just thinking about it resurfaces the traumatic experience all over again. Throughout the past three weeks, I’ve been mentally and physically recovering from Jack’s birth. This type of painful recovery you’ll read below was not what I anticipated, but nevertheless, I want to share his birth story […]

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Grand Tetons + Yellowstone, Wyoming Babymoon

Have you been to the gorgeous National Parks out in Wyoming? Even though we only spent four-days adventuring through the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone, I have to admit that the Tetons took my breath AWAY! I also found that it was more of our type of adventure with the hikes and incredible views. Yellowstone was […]

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We are Having a Baby | The Final Countdown

It has been since August (!!!!) since I last shared a pregnancy update! As you can imagine, a lot has happened! We are currently 38-weeks pregnant and in the home stretch as we anticipate his arrival … ANY day now!  It’s a weird time because as real as it should be, especially looking around our home, it still doesn’t […]

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Coffee Talk Mondays

I hope you’re enjoying these final days of 2020 so far!!! I cannot believe the New Year is just around the corner. But I pray that you all stay safe and healthy during this season. This year has surprised all of us in so many ways, but it has reminded me to not put our […]

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Preston & Amanda | Seaside Chapel, 30A Florida Proposal Photographer

When Preston reached out to me regarding his BIG plans to propose to Amanda, excitement overcame me! I loved that we connected through several friends through our church (thanks, Gathering Church!!!). I also loved that he had the vision of hiring a photographer to photograph his proposal at the Seaside Chapel in 30A, Florida!!! Talk about a DREAM! […]

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Cory & Cat | James Madison University, Virginia Wedding Photographer

I might be biased, but you know I will forever bleed purple. <3 Regardless of whether you are a fan of JMU or another college, you’re going to love Cory and Cat’s intimate celebration!!! After postponing their wedding in June, we were all sure that the end of October was safe! As we all quickly […]

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