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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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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Best of 2020 | Virginia Wedding Bridal Details

It’s about that time to share my favorite 2020 wedding photos before the 2021 wedding kicks off in April!! 🙂 If you want to check out other “Best of 2021” blog posts, see more portraits HERE! To start the wedding segment of this series, I’m sharing my favorite Virginia wedding bridal details! You get to […]

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The Best Portrait Overlooks Shenandoah National Park

Are you looking for the best overlooks at Shenandoah National Park for your portrait? After years of photographing along Skyline Drive, I have been asked by countless photographers and fans WHERE in the world are these special, magical spots!!! Today, I’m sharing them! 🙂

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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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