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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Kyle & Lauren | Veritas Vineyard, Virginia Wedding Photographer

Kyle and Lauren hosted their BEAUTIFUL Virginia wedding at Veritas Vineyard. It was a timeless, classic, and romantic wedding with some of their favorite people in one room! And I’m excited to share this wedding with you today!!! It’s noticeably different from what you’re used to seeing on the blog. But it was too beautiful […]

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Tim & Morgan | Little Washington Winery Family Photographer

You might recognize my *once clients turned to friends* in this blog post!!! Tim, Morgan, and I connected YEARS back when they were planning their wedding at Marriott Ranch! 🙂 Gosh, it was a picture-perfect day!! And as perfect as it was, I love seeing their story continue to unfold over the years since saying […]

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We are Having a Baby | Second Trimester

It has been about ten weeks since we shared with you all that we are expecting. 🙂 So it’s time to share an update now that the second trimester is quickly flying by!! The first trimester seemed like an eternity whereas the second trimester seems like we cannot grasp time. You’ll see below why we […]

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Matt & Briana | Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, Virginia Engagement Photographer

Matt, Briana, and I met at the beautiful Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Vienna, Virginia, for their engagement portraits. I initially met Briana at her sister, Gaby’s wedding back in 2017! Unreal to think it was almost THREE years ago since that super fun day!!! And just knowing how much fun her sister’s wedding was at Morais Vineyard, I’m in for […]

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Happy National Dog Day

Happy National Dog Day!!! I am taking a “paws” (you see what I did there?) from sessions and dedicating this blog feature to Ollie and all dogs out there. <3 Dogs come in all shapes and sizes, but they really are a man’s best friend! Or I guess … man is a dog’s best friend! […]

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Michelle & Family | Okaloosa Island, Florida Photographer

Chatting with Michelle and her sweet, bubbly family about traveling with an RV makes me want to invest in one!! I grew up with my grandparents owning an RV, and some of my all-time FAVORITE childhood memories involved traveling around the US. 🙂 With the craziness going on right now, there wasn’t a better time […]

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Coffee Talk Mondays

What an eventful week!!! It’s so nice being back in Florida because I’m slowly but surely getting back into a good routine again. 🙂 My computer is LOADED with thousands of images from the past few weeks, but I’m able to dedicate my afternoons to editing (hello, block-scheduling!!!)! Even though I have a lot of […]

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Kristy + Family | Destin, Florida Photographer

Why not escape to somewhere tropical and beautiful while a hurricane is hitting your hometown? That was what Kristy and her family did!!! Although it’s typically the opposite, I expect us to be escaping the Gulf Coast tropical weather. 😉 HAHA! But while Hurricane Hanna was hitting Texas, they enjoyed their time in Destin, Florida. 🙂 We […]

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Sarah + Family | Grayton Beach, 30A Florida Photographer

There are some occasions when we can work around the rain and other times we have to push forward. Being that this was Sarah and her family’s last day in Grayton Beach, we decided to go for it! 🙂 Even if that meant huddling under a palm tree to avoid the downpouring rain for these […]

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Coffee Talk Mondays

I spent all day yesterday driving back to Florida, but I made it safely!!! 🙂 Only one more Virginia road trip planned for this year in October — I CANNOT wait to come back in the fall!!! My favorite season, and something I miss in Florida!!! The mountains… pumpkin everything… boots/cute fall layers! I’m counting […]

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