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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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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@stephaniemessickphoto

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Lu & Erin | Washington DC Engagement Photographer

It’s an exciting time for Lu and Erin right now because they are just DAYS away from tying the knot at Great Marsh Estate!!!! What a perfect time to debut this sweet and FUN couple on the blog!!! 🙂 During one of my last trips to Virginia, we met up in Washington DC to take […]

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We are Moving to Colorado!!!

We are MOVING to Colorado Springs this July! 🙂 As much as we love the beaches here in Florida, we are soooo excited to head back to the mountains. Although, Colorado is just a little different from the Virginia mountains we are used to. Especially when it comes to the ski slopes… 😉 The views […]

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Jack's Fourth Month

We celebrated FOUR months with Jack last Friday!!! He’s growing up soooo fast — In fact, it’s about time for him to move into his crib! 🙁 I’m not sure how I feel about that … Because he’s growing so quickly, we had to swap out from our favorite Ollie Swaddle (he was too tall […]

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Jack's Third Month

We celebrated THREE months with our sweet boy last Tuesday! I cannot believe we are officially out of the fourth trimester!! This season is so bittersweet, and I am soaking it in as much as I can! <3 These photos I take every month are precious and something I’ll cherish forever as he continues to […]

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Jack's Second Month

Wow. Another month under our belt!!! I love having these month-to-month updates as a personal journal to reflect this sweet time. I plan to do these updates until his first Birthday… Let’s see if I can make it to that point! 😉 HA! This past month with Jack was another beautiful month filled with precious […]

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Best of 2020 | Engagement Ring Shots

2020 was a strange year, and nothing comparable to the past years in the wedding industry. I’m not going to sugarcoat it… It was so challenging to watch so many couples cancel and postpone their plans. But I don’t want to treat it any differently in the way I celebrate my couples. <3 That’s why […]

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Jack's First Month

How has it already been a month?! Something tells me that these months/years ahead will fly by as quickly as everyone says. I’m a few days late posting this, but we just celebrated Jack’s first month on Saturday!!! 🙂 I love seeing his personality come out week by week. But one thing is for sure… […]

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Jack's Birth Story

Some situations shake us from the inside-out. And just thinking about it resurfaces the traumatic experience all over again. Throughout the past three weeks, I’ve been mentally and physically recovering from Jack’s birth. This type of painful recovery you’ll read below was not what I anticipated, but nevertheless, I want to share his birth story […]

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We are Having a Baby | The Final Countdown

It has been since August (!!!!) since I last shared a pregnancy update! As you can imagine, a lot has happened! We are currently 38-weeks pregnant and in the home stretch as we anticipate his arrival … ANY day now!  It’s a weird time because as real as it should be, especially looking around our home, it still doesn’t […]

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Coffee Talk Mondays

Wow… Tomorrow is DECEMBER! Can you believe it?! We are almost done with 2020!!! Despite the craziness, I’m counting my blessings. <3 Thanksgiving looked a LOT different this year since we weren’t able to travel back to Virginia and spend it with our families. But we were able to celebrate with friends here in Florida […]

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