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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Matt & Allie | Stone Tower Winery, Virginia Wedding

Do you want to see the party of a lifetime?!!! I’m not kidding when I ask that rhetorical question. I’ve seen and documented HUNDREDS of weddings… But this party was unique and one I’ll never forget! And what a great way to conclude the wedding season? Matt and Allie hosted family and friends from all over to […]

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John & Caitlin | Early Mountain Vineyard, Virginia Wedding

Who doesn’t love a good mountain view? You might recognize John and Caitlin from their fall Shenandoah Mountain engagement session last year!!! It was definitely one of my FAVORITES!!!! So to go with the mountain theme, their wedding was at Early Mountain in Madison, Virginia. Another favorite wedding venue!!! In fact, my husband and I seriously considered getting married […]

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Curt & Rachel | Raspberry Plain Manor, Virginia Wedding

Curt and Rachel FINALLY had the wedding of their dreams!! After the pandemic brought a lot of stress on their original plans last year, they were put in the unfortunate circumstance to postpone. I was so sad that I wasn’t available to photograph their new wedding date — But we worked together to have Michelle […]

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Nick & Khea | 48 Fields, Virginia Wedding Photographer

Nick and Khea waited a very long time for this celebration – And not necessarily by choice! After many postponement announcements, I thought they were about to toss in the towel on their dream wedding day. But I’m glad they didn’t give up! 🙂 Back in March, they decided to gather with their immediate family […]

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Matt & Briana | The Great Marsh Estate, Virginia Wedding Photographer

I’m kicking off the September wedding season with this beautiful wedding day!!! I was looking forward to Matt and Briana’s big celebration, especially after hanging out with them last year! And after photographing Bri’s sister, Gabby and Stephen’s wedding years back, I knew that this family was ready for another reason to get back together! […]

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Jeff & Brandy | Richmond, Virginia Wedding Photographer

My girl, Brandy, is MARRIED!!!!! Back in August, Jeff and Brandy tied the knot in the most beautiful and intimate way. They had their wedding in Richmond, Virginia, and asked me to be their wedding photographer — DUH! I wasn’t going to miss this day for the world! And their day was perfect because it […]

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Rob & Samee | Stone Tower Winery, Virginia Wedding Photographer

I was going to publish this wedding on the blog tomorrow … But I couldn’t wait another day!!! This wedding is one of my favorite Stone Tower Winery weddings, as a photographer, for many reasons. Rob and Samee went through so much to get to this party. They fought through the 2020 craziness. Even though […]

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Robby & Meghan | Airlie, Virginia Wedding Photographer

I remember leaving Robby and Meghan’s engagement session last year thinking about how I loved that they were down for anything! I mean, Meghan wore heels and managed to climb over rocks during our session! That’s a skill! Fortunately, this time around, she decided to ditch the heels and sport some comfortable shoes. 🙂 Smart choice for […]

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Codey & Anna | Blue Valley Vineyard, Virginia Wedding Photographer

FINALLY. Anna and Codey tied the knot! They patiently waited to have their dream wedding at Blue Valley Vineyard after postponing too many times to remember… But they did it and persevered through the craziness of 2020!!! I’m so glad they were patient, because their guests were ready to PARTY. HAHA! Looking through their photos […]

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Alex & Lu | Morais Vineyard, Virginia Wedding

Thinking back to Alex and Lu’s foggy Washington DC engagement session, I cannot believe the contrast in terms of weather! Although, as beautiful as our time was together, this pink-orange-yellow color scheme seemed so fitting for this bright, sunshine-filled wedding day!!! 🙂 Alex and Lu’s love is soft and gentle, but this wedding brought an […]

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