Iโ€™m Stephanie, a wedding + lifestyle photographer based in Destin, Florida and Warrenton, Virginia. Whether Iโ€™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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Iโ€™m Stephanie, a wedding + lifestyle photographer based in Destin, Florida and Warrenton, Virginia. Whether Iโ€™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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Jack's Understated National Park Themed Nursery

I’m finally debuting Jack’s nursery on the blog!!! When pondering a theme, we thought an understated National Park themed nursery was fitting for Jack to grow up loving. After all, I imagine this little guy will be adventurous as we plan to travel around the country over the years to come. ๐Ÿ™‚ Check out how we integrated the outdoor theme into his cozy room!

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DIY Refurbished Changing Table

It has been a while since posting a DIY project on the blog. ๐Ÿ™‚ 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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DIY Guest "Book" Adventure Map

For travel lovers out there, I hope this DIY Guest “Book” Adventure Map inspires you!!! Alex and I hope to travel the world over the years to come, so incorporating a little hint of “adventure” into our wedding day was fun to brainstorm! There are so many types of guest “book” maps out there, but […]

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A Cozy and Coastal Blue Bedroom | Inspiration

You might recall me sharing a little project I tackled last year. I built and hung my first DIY barn door!!! It was a fun project, but this was before I officially moved into Alex’s house. Needless to say, I was excited to see my furniture move in and bring a little feminine touch into […]

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How to Build a Fire Pit for $75

Want to know how you can make your backyard cozy during those chilly nights? I have an affordable and straightforward guide on how to build a fire pit for $75! I’ve shared many indoor DIY projects, but I’m taking this blog post outdoors. ๐Ÿ™‚  Alex and I share the love for the outdoors, especially campfires. When […]

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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 aย 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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It has been a while since I’ve shown you all a DIY project, right? After Alex moved into his home last year, he realized that the movers misplaced an essential part of his table that held the entire thing together. Basically, the heavy tabletop was balancing on two pillars with minimal security. He was going […]

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DIY Barn door Tutorial

I was asked by several followers to post about the recent barn door I hung in Alex’s house!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Although, I wish I had professional photos and a staged room to share with you … But hey! This is real life! ๐Ÿ˜‰ His bed is on the ground and there isn’t one photo hung in […]

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A Functional Foyer | DIY Board + Batten with Hooks

This project isn’t 100% done because I am figuring out what design plan I want to do for a bench under the hooks. But I thought sharing this quick project and breaking up the entrance redesign into two posts (wall treatment + DIY bench) will be great because I’ll be able to share how to […]

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Back in April, Alex and I drove up to this sweet and cozy cape cod house with instant gratification! It wasn’t the standard, cookie-cutter Florida neighborhood with the same looking house with barely any yard. The community was well maintained, which was a surprise driving through other areas, and it was beautifully landscaped with great […]

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