Iā€™m Stephanie, a wedding + lifestyle photographer based in Destin, Florida and Warrenton, Virginia. Whether Iā€™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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Iā€™m Stephanie, a wedding + lifestyle photographer based in Destin, Florida and Warrenton, Virginia. Whether Iā€™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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Michael & Laura | Belmont Christmas Tree Farm, Virginia Engagement

There isn’t a more romantic story than the Notebook. Don’t you agree? Well, we lived that iconic movie scene during the final minutes of this engagement session when the rain started to fall! Perfect timing!!! I mean, by that point, I was almost showered with champagne! I cannot think of a better way to end […]

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Casey & Mary | The Garden of the Gods, Colorado Engagement

I know Mary back from good ole Liberty High School … over ten years ago? Crazy. We were on the swim team together, and she always seemed to be the cool chic in her high school class! She was tall, gorgeous, down to earth, and an all-American girl! I can see how these two are […]

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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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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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Andrew & Katie | Blue Valley Vineyard, Virginia Engagement

We met at Blue Valley Vineyard for their engagement portraits on a beautiful summer day. Although, funny enough, the day wasn’t intended to be beautiful at all… We actually pushed the session to happen mid-afternoon due to the threat of rain that evening. Little did we know that we were going to be photographing in […]

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The Best Portrait Overlooks Shenandoah National Park

Are you looking for the best overlooks at Shenandoah National Park for your portrait? After years of photographing along Skyline Drive, I have been asked by countless photographers and fans WHERE in the world are these special, magical spots!!! Today, I’m sharing them! šŸ™‚

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Best of 2020 | Virginia + Florida Engagement Portraits

I kicked off the “Best of 2020” series last week with engagement ring photos. Naturally, next on the list is to debut my favorite Virginia + Florida engagement + couples portraits from last year! šŸ™‚ Despite cutting back my workload due to the pandemic, looking at these images below looks as though it wasn’t an […]

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Robby & Meghan | Great Falls National Park, Virginia Engagement Photographer

Robby, Meghan, and I got together at the Great Falls National Park in Virginia to photograph their engagement session last month! I love any excuse visiting a National Park, especially during Virginia’s fall season! šŸ™‚ And ESPECIALLY with a super sweet couple, like Robby and Meghan!!! Oh, we cannot forget about their adorable pup, Daisy, too. šŸ˜‰ […]

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Alex & Lu | Washington DC Engagement Photographer

It may have been a very foggy morning in Washington, DC, and as Alex and Lu’s engagement photographer, I hoped for a beautiful sunrise for them! But that October week seemed to be foggy every morning, and because our time was a little limited, we went for it and made the best of the time […]

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John & Caitlin | Shenandoah Mountains, Virginia Engagement Photographer

You might think to yourself as you go through these photos, “are John and Caitlin models?!” Well, from our conversations, that is not their main profession, but I never asked if they did it as a side gig!! šŸ˜‰ Haha! When John and Caitlin reached out to me, I was… A) Excited that I was […]

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