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I’m Stephanie, a wedding + lifestyle photographer based in Colorado Springs, Colorado and Warrenton, Virginia. Whether I’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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Ryan & Brittany | The Manor House, Colorado Wedding

As I was driving to Ryan and Brittany’s wedding, I had all of the excited butterflies in my stomach. Sure, it was the middle of the wedding season, but this wedding at The Manor House was different because it was my first (and hopefully many more) wedding in Colorado! Their wedding exceeded my expectations, as you’ll see […]

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The Hinz Family | Manassas, Virginia Family Photographer

I’ll just start this blog post by saying, if I didn’t love Baby Shark, I don’t think their son would’ve approved of me. HAHA! I met with the Hinz family back in June to photograph their family, but it wasn’t my first time photographing Gabby and Stephen. I actually photographed their engagement and their wedding […]

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Casey & Mary | Private Estate, Warrenton, Virginia Wedding Photographer

When Mary and Casey reached out about photographing their backyard estate wedding in Warrenton, Virginia… Excited was an understatement! I went to high school with Mary, and she was an American beauty. Photographing Mary and Casey during their Colorado Springs engagement session was EFFORTLESS (as you would imagine). So after that warm-up in front of the camera, […]

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Steven & Kara | King Family Vineyards, Charlottesville Virginia Wedding Photographer

This couple melts my heart to pieces every time I hang out with them or chat over the phone. They have some of the most caring, genuine hearts! We instantly connected during our first meeting together months ago, and I loved hearing that both Steven and Kara were finishing up med school at UVA. It […]

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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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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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I cannot believe that I have been in my new place for a month now! Time has flown by, but yet … where is the time to really get settled in?! I left for vacation two weeks ago and when I got back Sunday, I told myself “No more decorating!”. Haha! It is honestly so […]

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Don’t let anything step in your way of success. When given advice, take it and run! I love giving that encouragement and push to other photographers because their enthusiasm and eagerness to learn reminds me of myself when first getting my business up and going. Believe me though, I am still enthusiastic and eager to […]

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I’m Stephanie, a wedding + lifestyle photographer based in Colorado Springs, Colorado and Warrenton, Virginia. Whether I’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

Gallery images

get to know me

weddings

engagements

lifestyle