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

serving

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Virginia

florida Panhandle

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find insperation

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Coffee Talk Mondays

Obviously, it’s not Monday, BUT I spent the day traveling 14-hours on the road earlier this week! šŸ™‚ We (Ollie and I) made it to Virginia!!! Because I’m here on a business trip to photograph two weddings and some portrait sessions, I won’t have normal business hours checking emails, etc. I’ll resume back to normal […]

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Coffee Talk Mondays

What a week! It might not look like it was busy, but I was busy photographing vacationers. šŸ™‚ If I’m not photographing weddings, I’m at least grateful to photograph portrait sessions in the meantime. A nice way to stay busy during this season! But… That is changing NEXT WEEK!!! šŸ™‚ I’ll be heading up to […]

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Coffee Talk Mondays

I took last week away from blogging because I hit the road and ventured north to see my SIL and sweet niece!!! šŸ™‚ After my trip, I realized how much I miss personable interaction with family and friends… This quarantine season is HARD, and with things not getting better here in Florida means that I’m […]

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Coffee Talk Mondays

It’s TUESDAY but I’m making up for not posting a blog feature yesterday. šŸ™‚ I took a long weekend with Alex to celebrate the Fourth of July. As you’ll see below, I ran up to Cheaha State Park for a little hiking adventure over the weekend!!! It was so much fun getting out with my […]

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We are Having a Baby!!!

Now that the news is OUT, I can finally share photos, stories, and random things I learned about the first trimester! šŸ™‚ As soon as I typed the title for the blog post, I thought… “Did I really just say that?!” Mentally, it hasn’t sunk in. Physically, though, it has in so many ways!! No […]

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Matt & Allie | Marriott Ranch, Virginia Engagement Photographer

I had been looking forward to meeting Matt and Allie for MONTHS after briefly getting to know them over the phone. šŸ™‚ At the time, they were anticipating for their August wedding at Stone Tower Winery, and could hardly wait to tie the knot! After all, they had been waiting for a DECADE to get […]

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Best of 2019 | Virginia + Florida Ceremony Photos | Keswick Vineyards

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4 Must-Read Marriage Books

Whether you are single, engaged, or married, there is so much knowledge out there in this world to help us connect. And when we think about our life, we just all want to be loved. But so many of us feel love in different ways! This is why opening our hearts and minds to the […]

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The Adventure Box Tradition

I’m excited to share one of my FAVORITE traditions Alex and I started on our first dating anniversary. I hope this inspires YOU to carry on this meaningful tradition too. As you must guess, photography plays a huge part in my life! But I think this idea can be special to anyone who appreciates a […]

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Dating Your Spouse | Pizza Night

Before getting married, I had heard over and over again the importance of “dating” your spouse. ESPECIALLY when kids come into the picture! When you think back to the dating life before engagement, marriage, and kids, there’s no doubt the excitement of “newness.” Naturally, as time unfolds, the newness starts to wear away. But this […]

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