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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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. 🙂  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 a 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!! 🙂 Although, I wish I had professional photos and a staged room to share with you … But hey! This is real life! 😉 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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It has been a while since I’ve last shared a DIY project, right?! I think it’s time to pick up where I left off and share another idea with you. 🙂 What’s a thought out, polished, pretty way to take a plain door and make it into something eye-catching? A barn door!!! I’m actually going […]

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I remember sitting down with Ryan Homes two and a half years ago signing paperwork to build my house. I was excited and nervous, but yet, confident with my decision. Between my first time hearing about an available lot to the initial contact with the sales rep regarding my interest to then signing paperwork, all […]

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A day late on this post, but I’m catching up with the “Weekend Recap!” A lot is going on at the moment, all great things of course, but I’m trying to soak in every last minute of the “summer break” before the fall wedding season begins this weekend. 🙂 I’ve been able to take a […]

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It has been a while since I have shared a DIY home project with you all! So today, I’m sharing how YOU can really jazz up a room with some wood, nails, caulk, and paint! When I was designing my home, I wanted the walls to have personality, but it had to blend with the atmosphere. […]

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