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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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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Lu & Erin | The Great Marsh Estate, Virginia Wedding

What a great way to kick off the summer season!!! If you remember these two from their Washington DC engagement session, you know these two are a bundle of joy! They carried that same joy and enthusiasm for life into their wedding day! They also made sure everyone else enjoyed themselves too… Cue the LLAMAS! Not […]

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Brian & Jenn | Raspberry Plain Manor, Virginia Wedding

This was an overly anticipated day for Brian and Jenn. After postponing from the 2020 craziness, they only hoped that their wedding at Raspberry Plain Manor in Virginia would happen! Spoiler Alert … It happened. 😉 HA! Now, they FINALLY wear the title of Mr. and Mrs.!!! <3 After photographing their Washington DC engagement portraits […]

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Best of 2020 | Virginia Wedding Portraits

This post has to be one of my favorites when it comes to the “Best of” series!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 So much joy, excitement, and enthusiasm for the new title of “Mr.” and “Mrs.!” And when it comes to my 2020 couples, there’s a reason for the enthusiasm more than ever before!! So many obstacles […]

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Best of 2020 | Virginia Wedding Party Portraits

Today is all about the Virginia wedding party portraits!!! 🙂 I love sharing some of my favorite captures from last year — Especially when looking through a collection of images like this below. So much joy and laughter!!! Not to mention, I love seeing the trends of 2020 reflecting in these images … Hello, VELVET! […]

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Best of 2020 | Virginia Wedding Ceremony Moments

Wedding ceremonies last year looked a lot different than years prior. Some couples cut down their attendance, nixed the wedding party, provided hand sanitizer/masks for guests, and/or distanced chairs. Every wedding had something that wasn’t really visioned for their day. BUT I love seeing that they made it work and they walked in with a […]

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Best of 2020 | Virginia Wedding Prepping Moments

Moving forward from some of my favorite prepping details from last year… Time to share my favorite Virginia Wedding Prepping Moments from 2020! 🙂 So much love and beauty from this part of the day!! Hair and makeup is done, and it’s finally time to assemble the entire look! Sometimes it might also mean an […]

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