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!

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@stephaniemessickphoto

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The Daltons | Sylvanside Farm, Virginia Family + Maternity Session

You might recognize this beautiful family as well as this backdrop from last year! The Dalton family and I gathered to celebrate their little family with Evelyn last summer. But this year, they wanted to gather at the Sylvanside Farm again to celebrate their little growing family and maternity! 🙂 Eeeeppp!!! Isn’t Claudia just the most beautiful mama?! […]

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Corbin & Sara | Washington DC Monument Engagement

While it’s November, I’m still getting through sessions I photographed in August! Can you tell it was a busy time?! Haha! Corbin and Sara’s Washington DC engagement session with the iconic monuments was one of the last sessions of the summer. Being that it was DC in August, I’m SO glad we chose to meet […]

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Curt & Rachel | Raspberry Plain Manor, Virginia Wedding

Curt and Rachel FINALLY had the wedding of their dreams!! After the pandemic brought a lot of stress on their original plans last year, they were put in the unfortunate circumstance to postpone. I was so sad that I wasn’t available to photograph their new wedding date — But we worked together to have Michelle […]

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Steven & Kara | University of Virginia Engagement

Oh, Steven and Kara … “What a SWEET couple!” … I kept thinking during our initial phone call and all throughout their engagement session!! Genuine, down-to-earth, smart… GOOD LOOKING? I mean, common! Look at these photos below! They initially met at the University of Virginia orientation back in the day, and I bet they had […]

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Wow! What a fun Veteran’s Day weekend!!!! I’m grateful for the time off Alex had so we could hang out with friends and adventure. We quickly realized though, that we are getting old… After staying up until midnight drinking wine with friends, we *had* to take a nap the next day! HAHA! How did we […]

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Nick & Khea | 48 Fields, Virginia Wedding Photographer

Nick and Khea waited a very long time for this celebration – And not necessarily by choice! After many postponement announcements, I thought they were about to toss in the towel on their dream wedding day. But I’m glad they didn’t give up! 🙂 Back in March, they decided to gather with their immediate family […]

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Matt & Briana | The Great Marsh Estate, Virginia Wedding Photographer

I’m kicking off the September wedding season with this beautiful wedding day!!! I was looking forward to Matt and Briana’s big celebration, especially after hanging out with them last year! And after photographing Bri’s sister, Gabby and Stephen’s wedding years back, I knew that this family was ready for another reason to get back together! […]

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Sunflower Mini Sessions | Warrenton, Virginia Photographer

Why am I posting about sunflowers in November? HAHA! We are working through August sessions/weddings, and this wraps it up!!! During my visit to Warrenton, Virginia, one of my photographer dreams was to photograph my clients in a sunflower field! I originally had plans downtown but plans quickly changed. While I was heading to my […]

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Something made me think of Alex and my honeymoon to Thailand recently. Cue the photo above! It was a time we lived life on the edge… riding a scooter up a windy Thailand mountain with crazy drivers around us… or that time we ate bugs … or ran around with elephants … Gosh. So many […]

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Kayla & Brad | Colorado Springs, Colorado Maternity Photographer

Back in August, I had the honor of photographing one of my Florida friends in Colorado Springs!!! How did I end up in Colorado Springs taking maternity portraits as her photographer all the way from Florida? Well, when I made the announcement that I was moving to Colorado Springs this summer, Kayla couldn’t wait to […]

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