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

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Grand Tetons + Yellowstone, Wyoming Babymoon

Have you been to the gorgeous National Parks out in Wyoming? Even though we only spent four-days adventuring through the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone, I have to admit that the Tetons took my breath AWAY! I also found that it was more of our type of adventure with the hikes and incredible views. Yellowstone was […]

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Cory & Cat | James Madison University, Virginia Wedding Photographer

I might be biased, but you know I will forever bleed purple. <3 Regardless of whether you are a fan of JMU or another college, you’re going to love Cory and Cat’s intimate celebration!!! After postponing their wedding in June, we were all sure that the end of October was safe! As we all quickly […]

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Kevin & Laura | Great Marsh Estate, Virginia Wedding Photographer

I think these two love the fall season, and I would have to say I’m right there with them!!! After getting to know them during their engagement session last fall, I could hardly wait to hang out again. <3 From the first meeting, we quickly made SO many connections!!! Like the fact that we were […]

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Alex & Courtney | Richmond, Virginia Wedding Photographer

Even though this wasn’t Alex and Courtney’s original plan to get married in Virginia, it ended up being a perfect celebration! After all, they were looking for a relaxed, easy-going day with loved ones. I was so grateful they still wanted me as their photographer to photograph their backyard Richmond, Virginia wedding!!! And after talking […]

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Dillon & Ginny | Bluemont Vineyard, Virginia Boho Wedding Photographer

You should be a little familiar with these two because I just featured their DC engagement session on the blog yesterday! šŸ™‚ Dillon and Ginny planned their big day at Bluemont Vineyard just two days after we met, and I was honored to be their wedding photographer!!! Not only are they are cute as can […]

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Mike & Lauren | Shenandoah Mountains, Virginia Wedding Photographer

When I look through these photos below (especially the ones at sunset), it looked like a DREAM! Fortunately, it wasn’t a dream … Mike and Lauren are MARRIED!!!! And while their Virginia wedding didn’t happen in the Shenandoah Mountains, they celebrated with their immediate family back in May at the Athenaeum. šŸ™‚ …Yes. During the lockdown!!! […]

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Kyle & Lauren | Veritas Vineyard, Virginia Wedding Photographer

Kyle and Lauren hosted their BEAUTIFUL Virginia wedding at Veritas Vineyard. It was a timeless, classic, and romantic wedding with some of their favorite people in one room! And I’m excited to share this wedding with you today!!! It’s noticeably different from what you’re used to seeing on the blog. But it was too beautiful […]

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Keith & Lauren | Glass Hill Venue, Virginia Wedding Photographer

After not photographing a wedding since the start of COVID, I was SO excited to kick off the wedding season with Keith and Lauren’s wedding! You might remember their absolutely STUNNING cherry blossom DC engagement portraits!!! I thought I couldn’t adore them more, but then they proved me wrong last week! I’m so grateful they had […]

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Best of 2019 | Virginia + Florida Reception Photos

I started the “Best of 2019” blog features a few months ago, and I’m finally concluding the series!! Wahoo!!!! I’ll have a full recap below in case you want to check out other features, But today, I’m sharing my favorite Virginia + Florida reception photos!!!  As I look through these photos below, I am transformed […]

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Postponed Weddings | Coronavirus Shop

First of all, my heart goes out to every spring 2020 bride and groom out there who are reading this!! I know you must have been counting down the months and days until your celebration. Planning for one date is hard enough, and then to switch everything around can cause a LOT of unexpected stress… […]

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