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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!

DOCUMENTING LOVE'S UNSCRIPTED CHAPTERS FROM COUPLES & FAMILIES IN COLORADO + VIRGINIA

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Clifton Inn Charlottesville, Virginia Winter Wedding

I knew I was in for a treat after I photographed Ryan and Paige’s engagement session in Washington DC — They are not only down to earth but classy. The Clifton Inn in Charlottesville, Virginia, had an appealing factor that carried the same class Ryan and Paige embodied. Their closest family and friends gathered to celebrate them […]

A Virginia Vineyard Wedding with Southern Charm

I’ve been dying to share Ryan and Kelsey’s wedding day on the blog! Their Virginia vineyard wedding exuded Southern charm at its finest, especially with the bespoke signage. The details were beautiful, but the party was super fun! Ryan & Kelsey’s Wedding Day Ryan and Kelsey wanted to provide an experience for their guests, and […]

A Skyline Drive Fall Virginia Mountain Engagement

What a romantic evening! The sky showed off for Olivia and Marshall’s Skyline Drive Virginia mountain engagement session! And their sweet laughs/smiles lit up the photos more. <3 I appreciated them driving from the DC metro area for these portraits in the mountains. Shenandoah Mountain photos are some of my favorite sessions in Virginia! Talk […]

Michelle & Peter | Burke Lake Park, Virginia Family Portraits

Michelle and Peter reached out with the exciting news that they were expecting baby number three! The last time I photographed them, they were expecting their sweet little girl, Lauren! That was back in 2018… Time flies. 🙂 So this was my first time meeting Lauren and seeing how much their son, Jorden, has grown! […]

Catherine & Robert | The Great Marsh Estate, Virginia Family Portraits

Catherine reached out to me with the vision to document her family portraits at the Great Marsh Estate. When she’s not working, her passion is competitive horseback riding. Despite not having horses at this venue, it reminded her of a Ralph Lauren ad. Catherine and Robert wanted to achieve the look of attending a polo […]

Maxx & Jessica | A Fall Wedding at Airlie in Warrenton, VA

Maxx and Jessica chose to have their wedding at Airlie in Warrenton, Virginia on a beautiful fall day. They were lucky because they just missed a gloomy/chilly week! Maxx and Jessica were surrounded by love and blessings, especially with their five-month-old girl. You might recognize this couple from their Colorado engagement/maternity session from earlier this year! We […]

David & Michelle | Skyline Drive, Virginia Engagement

While Michelle and David are waiting for their big day next fall, we celebrated their engagement by taking photos on Skyline Drive in Virginia! It was a beautiful evening on top of the mountains! And it was my first time meeting them in person — They were just as sweet as on the phone! Michelle […]

Evan & Britteny | Stone Tower Winery, Virginia Wedding

It was almost a year ago when we met in person for their engagement session on Skyline Drive. 🙂 And quickly looking back through those photos gives me all of the fall vibes I’m longing for right now. 🙂 It was super cold/windy that day, but fortunately, for their Stone Tower Winery wedding, we didn’t have […]

Nick & Julianne | Bears Den Bluemont, Virginia Engagement

When I spoke to Nick and Julianne about a meaningful location for their portraits, the Reston Towncenter came up. After all, they live in Reston, and Nick proposed there. 🙂 So we planned to take photos around the town and their home with their pup! But about a month before their portraits, Julianne reached out […]

Ryan and Paige woke up early to make this session happen — But they made it look like a piece of cake! Months ago, we talked about a backdrop for their engagement session, and the Washington DC monument “row” came up. I like to call it a “row” because there are so many iconic landmarks in […]

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!

DOCUMENTING LOVE'S UNSCRIPTED CHAPTERS FROM COUPLES & FAMILIES IN COLORADO + VIRGINIA

@stephaniemessickphoto

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