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Iโ€™m Stephanie, a wedding + lifestyle photographer based in Colorado Springs, Colorado and Warrenton, Virginia. Whether Iโ€™m by the mountains of Colorado or Virginia, 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!

Enthusiastically capturing authentic connections
since 2012.

@stephaniemessickphoto

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Luke & Valerie | The Broadmoor + Garden of the Gods Elopement

When Luke, Valerie, and I talked about their elopement plans, not once did we think that they were going to elope in a snowstorm!!! Although, the weather quickly changed the day of, and I secretly hoped for magical snow photos. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Maybe not the low, frigid tempsโ€ฆ but it was Colorado in December, so we […]

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Dennis & Cassidy | Shenandoah National Park Engagement

Cassidy reached out to me what seems like a year ago to photograph their engagement portraits at the Shenandoah National Park! Since then, the months flew by, and I could tell from Cassidy’s emails that she could hardly wait!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ I loved seeing her excitement because I could tell this meant so much to them […]

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Casey & Mary | The Garden of the Gods, Colorado Engagement

I know Mary back from good ole Liberty High School … over ten years ago? Crazy. We were on the swim team together, and she always seemed to be the cool chic in her high school class! She was tall, gorgeous, down to earth, and an all-American girl! I can see how these two are […]

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There are couples you meet and you cannot help but think, “They were MEANT to be together.” That was exactly what I thought when I met Danny and Andreea in person! Even over the phone, I knew there was something special about their story. Now they are planning to get married next year, they wanted […]

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Caroline & Rhett | Great Falls National Park, Virginia Engagement Photographer

My heart eye emoji is at max capacity with this sweet couple. Rhett and Caroline have the natural ability to be completely them in front of the camera. <3 Love and joy radiates from within and I love how well that was documented. I cannot wait to photograph them again on their wedding day! ๐Ÿ™‚ […]

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Lauren & Keith | Washington, DC Cherry Blossom Engagement Photographer

I’ve been obsessing over this magical session since photographing Lauren and Keith on Monday! It had been two years since I last photographed the beautiful cherry blossom season in Washington, DC. When Lauren told me that she dreamt of having their portraits with the cherry blossoms, we stalked the predictions on a monthly basis. ๐Ÿ™‚ […]

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Iโ€™m Stephanie, a wedding + lifestyle photographer based in Colorado Springs, Colorado and Warrenton, Virginia. Whether Iโ€™m by the mountains of Colorado or Virginia, 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!

Enthusiastically capturing authentic connections
since 2012.

@stephaniemessickphoto

find inspiration

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get to know me

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engagements

lifestyle