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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After months of anticipation, my official wedding season kicks off this Saturday with James and Natalie! It’s crazy to think that my final wedding last year was way back in November. By far the longest slow season I have had my entire career. Don’t let the words, “slow season” mislead you.  But why do I call […]

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Before we dive into this post, I just have to say that I was not authorized, suggested or paid by HoneyBook to write a review. I just love it THAT much!!! 🙂 If you are a creative of any type and deal with contracts, this post is for YOU! At the end of last year, […]

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Where do I even begin? This past Saturday was a whirlwind of a day but all of the planning was WORTH IT! Lists consumed my life the last couple of weeks leading up to the Runaway Brides 5k Fun Run … It was an organizers dream. 😉 Lol! Saturday like a wedding day! So much work […]

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Thanks Tabitha from Main Street Weddings for these photos. <3 This is me. I feel like wrinkles are in my near future with my scrunched up nose from smiling and laughing often. I just love LIVING! God didn’t create us to work us to the bone! Why not do something you love and run with […]

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Taking today and tomorrow to finalize the plans for the Runaway Brides 5k Fun Run for this Saturday (YAY!)! I seriously cannot WAIT to see everyone, but until then it’s going to be running around time for myself! Many logistical things I am sorting through over these next few days so it’s going to be fun […]

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GIRLS!!! The early bird special of $25 will be raised THIS SATURDAY which means only two more days to register for this little amount. That small fee will not only support two local organizations (St. Anthony’s Bridal and Forever Angels of Virginia), but it will also get you into the event where you will enjoy countless activities […]

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As you know, Runaway Brides 5k Fun Run’s mission is to support two wedding-related organizations that are in the VA/MD/DC area. One of those awesome and inspiring organizations is St. Anthony’s Bridal! They are about to open a new building in Northern VA and we are excited to have them participate in the Runaway Brides […]

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Well, it has been a LONG time since I was writing these posts regarding my equipment lineup! Since I just closed the Best of 2015 series, it’s time for a new chapter of blog posts. 🙂 I have so far gone over the macro lens and a wide angle lens. Let’s go in the opposite […]

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As you all saw in my announcement a few weeks ago, I am hosting a Runaway Brides 5k Fun Run for all brides/bridesmaids this April 2nd! I cannot tell you how thankful I am to have this event hosted at a more than perfect venue! If you haven’t checked out Marriott Ranch and you are […]

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Well 2015 was definitely one for the books! I love this time of the year when I have the chance to reflect the portraits/weddings I had the privilege of capturing. So today, I thought I would take a different approach to finish up the series, “Best of 2015” by sharing the top ten “LOL” moments! 🙂 This is […]

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