Iโ€™m Stephanie Messick, a wedding and lifestyle photographer based in Warrenton, VA. Whether Iโ€™m by the mountains in Virginia or the ocean on the Florida Gulf Coast, my soul feels right 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 Messick, a wedding and lifestyle photographer based in Warrenton, VA. Whether Iโ€™m by the mountains in Virginia or the ocean on the Florida Gulf Coast, my soul feels right 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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When we started talking engagement portraits, these two were game for ANYTHING. Of course, I was thinking, “TAKE ME! TAKE ME!” ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’m along for the ride as well, especially if it’s a place that is as photogenic as Charleston, South Carolina!!! Somehow, in the midst of crazy schedules, our calendars aligned! ๐Ÿ™‚ We counted […]

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Oh, today is a GOOD one!!!! I knew Iย had a lot of favorites from the 2018 engagement season, but I didn’t realize how many until I put together this blog post! ๐Ÿ™‚ It means so much to me that these couples had entrusted me to photograph this joyous occasion of their engagement. They don’t just […]

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When two equally excited, in love people come together, you have a dynamic duo!ย I guarantee you’re going to ADORE this couple as much as I do just by looking through these photos. ๐Ÿ™‚ Taylor and Sarah are simply darling, easy going, and down to earth. Sarah’s sense of humor will make anyone smile and laugh […]

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Do you love Christmas? Do you love Christmas as much as Danny and Laurie?! Just see these photos below because the Holidays are written all over this super festive wedding!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ And I LOVE it!!! This couple is something else. <3 I instantly connected with Danny and Laurie during our initial meeting after […]

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I initially met Paige’s parents before having the privilege of meeting the ever-so-sweet, Ryan and Paige months later! It was because they knew Ryan’s plans to pop the question, so they were naturally excited for their daughter!!! If you were to meet this darling couple, you would be excited for them too because they were […]

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Now that time has passed, and Brett and Shelby had the chance to tell their family and friends the big news, I can finally share these pretty photos!!! Last month, I had the opportunity to go undercover and photograph a proposal at the beautiful Barboursville Vineyards. Going undercover to shoot a proposal is as nerve-wracking […]

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As people in Northern Virginia know, we got snow last week!! Definitely an early ‘hello,’ despite the talks about it being a mild winter!! Bryan, Meghan, and I had plans to meet up last week for their engagement session on top of Skyline Driveย but came across that it was CLOSED because of the destruction from […]

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Every so often I book an engagement session with a couple who is looking to do local portraits with the intention to have a wedding back in their hometown. I loved hearing why Washington, D.C. meant so much to Ben and Melissa when they grew up in New York! So it was so appropriate to […]

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I had met Curtis and Emily back in March 2017 before Curtis deployed. After celebrating Veteran’s Day this past weekend, it was appropriate we celebrated with these engagement portraits!!!! Curtis, thank you so much for your service!!!! But honestly, we weren’t sure this session was going to happen last Friday. We had planned to meet […]

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Don’t let these two fool you… It was FREEZING when we met up for their engagement session on a bright and early morning in Washington, D.C. last week. While Lacey wore a flowy, sleeveless gown, I had my winter gear on (the entire getup: snow boots, gloves, coat, and a scarf). But you would have […]

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