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!

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@stephaniemessickphoto

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Talk about a blast from the past … When Natalie reached out to me via email, I was SO excited to see her name, and then started thinking about the old days when we were kids. Natalie and I attended St. John’s private school, where we had the “privilege” of looking the same wearing a uniform every […]

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It’s not very often when I take on DC sessions, but when I do, they are some of my FAVORITE. I seem to forget the traffic or the early alarm or the FREEZING temps that we had to face when I just see pure JOY in the engagement portraits posted on the blog. And, goodness, […]

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Christmas may be over, but it’s finally time to share this darling couple with you all on the blog! While I was visiting family in Northern Virginia last month for Christmas, Rob, Sameera, and I got together to celebrate their engagement by taking photos. šŸ™‚ They graciously welcomed me inside of their charming Old Town Alexandria home. […]

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Kevin, Laura, and I met for their engagement session exactly one year until their wedding day! What a better way to celebrate?! When I picture the fall season, I think about the mountains and the beautiful and colorful foliage. Kevin, Laura, and I started planning their engagement session months ago and while thinking about a […]

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When I first met Nick and Khea, I wasn’t so sure Nick was excited to have his photos taken. I mean, I don’t know many men who really love it. But I reassured him that we were going to have fun! šŸ™‚ Just a couple of days before their session, we found ourselves still finalizing […]

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During my last business trip to Virginia, Curtis, Rachel, and I got together on one beautiful evening in Old Town Alexandria!! I love when couples have a place in mind for their engagement portraits that has significance to their relationship. šŸ™‚ They loved the cobblestone side streets and the water, so it’s a beautiful mixture […]

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Jonathan and Mary Sheldon, or together known as “The Esby’s”, reached out to me months ago excitingly telling me their plans to get married this December! šŸ™‚ Just through our short conversation via email, I was very excited to chat with them! After conversating over the phone … Which really felt like catching up with […]

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With Alex being in the Air Force brings an entirely new community to my life. I’ve met new friends around the Destin, Florida area not just through his work, but through networking groups as well. When Alex and the first-year residents first moved to Florida from all over the country last year, it seemed easy […]

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You saw on my “Coffee Talk Mondays” post this past week that my best friend got married at Mountain Lake Lodge in Virginia!! It was literally the most beautiful September day, and I’m glad that Liz and Luke got to experience that considering the entire wedding was outdoors. šŸ™‚ Timing really worked in their favor […]

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There are couples you meet and you cannot help but think, “They were MEANT to be together.” That was exactly what I thought when I had the opportunity to meet Danny and Andreea in person. šŸ™‚ Even over the phone, I knew there was something special about their story. Now they are planning to get […]

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