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Born and raised on a family owned dairy farm in Fauquier County, along with two siblings, Amanda and Eric. Graduated Liberty High School and went to James Madison University, where I participated in Kappa Pi Honors Fraternity as well as the Marching Royal Dukes! GO DUKES! Graduated in May of 2012 with my B.F.A. in Graphic Design. I worked as a graphic designer in the D.C. area for almost a year after graduating college and then resided in Warrenton, VA to work for the Piedmont Press & Graphics as one of four graphic designers :) Currently, I am managing to balance my full time graphic design job along with my photography business! It's a hectic lifestyle, but I enjoy it!!! About my photography business: I have learned in the world of photography that it is not just about pretty photos, it is all about the EXPERIENCE the photographer gives to the client. And that is what I am out here to do! Give YOU the best experience that you will not forget! From the moment we schedule the session... to the laughs/smiles we share the day of the shoot... to the moment I hand over the package of your images... I make sure that every step of the way leaves my client smiling :)

Dustin & Brooke | Historic Rosemont Manor, Berryville Virginia Enchanting Garden Wedding Photographer

It seems like weekday weddings are becoming more and more popular as I grow in the industry. Dustin and Brooke had a lovely Wednesday celebration with their closest family and friends last week and I am incredibly honored to have documented these special memories for them. I was a little nervous when I was driving up to Historic Rosemont Manor on their wedding day driving through heavy rain. I prayed every mile of the way for at least just one hour of clear skies for their outdoor ceremony!!! In fact, I think every wedding I had this spring so far (with the exception of a few) has had a chance for rain/thunderstorms. The great thing is that everything has worked out for every one of those weddings … and I prayed HARD for each and every one of them. :) God listened to all of our prayers, especially for Dustin and Brooke’s wedding day last week. Not only did they have no rain, but the sun came out for their ceremony! Talk about a blessing.

Dustin and Brooke’s enchanted garden wedding was truly enchanting! They had meaningful details and surprises throughout the day that really made this wedding personalized and totally them. Not to mention … THE KITTEN! Seriously Dustin?! :) Brooke has always wanted a kitten and finally she has her own fluff ball that will melt your heart when you see a photo of him. <3 <3 <3 I want to meet the little one already! It’s obvious how happy these two are together and I have nothing but positive thoughts about their marriage! By the way, do you remember Dustin’s proposal to Brooke (check out their video HERE)?! These two were definitely meant to be and I am so thrilled to be sharing their wedding day with you all today!

Thank you Dustin and Brooke for an incredible time Wednesday!!! I know God has amazing plans for the two of you and cannot wait to see where your marriage takes you! Love you both! xoxo! CONGRATS!!!

Dustin & Brooke | Historic Rosemont Manor, Berryville Virginia Enchanting Garden Wedding PhotographerDustin & Brooke | Historic Rosemont Manor, Berryville Virginia Enchanting Garden Wedding PhotographerDustin & Brooke | Historic Rosemont Manor, Berryville Virginia Enchanting Garden Wedding PhotographerDustin & Brooke | Historic Rosemont Manor, Berryville Virginia Enchanting Garden Wedding PhotographerDustin & Brooke | Historic Rosemont Manor, Berryville Virginia Enchanting Garden Wedding PhotographerDustin & Brooke | Historic Rosemont Manor, Berryville Virginia Enchanting Garden Wedding PhotographerDustin’s gift made this one HAPPY and shocked bride! Look how fluffy he is!!!! Dustin would have had the kitten there at Rosemont but it was too tiny to be taken away from its mamma. My heart is melting right now… AH!
Dustin & Brooke | Historic Rosemont Manor, Berryville Virginia Enchanting Garden Wedding PhotographerLove her floral crown!
Dustin & Brooke | Historic Rosemont Manor, Berryville Virginia Enchanting Garden Wedding PhotographerDustin & Brooke | Historic Rosemont Manor, Berryville Virginia Enchanting Garden Wedding PhotographerThe girls coming in to see her all dressed up. :)
Dustin & Brooke | Historic Rosemont Manor, Berryville Virginia Enchanting Garden Wedding PhotographerA little father/daughter moment. SO sweet!!!
Dustin & Brooke | Historic Rosemont Manor, Berryville Virginia Enchanting Garden Wedding PhotographerDustin & Brooke | Historic Rosemont Manor, Berryville Virginia Enchanting Garden Wedding PhotographerBrooke, you are one sweet and beautiful bride!!!
Dustin & Brooke | Historic Rosemont Manor, Berryville Virginia Enchanting Garden Wedding PhotographerDustin & Brooke | Historic Rosemont Manor, Berryville Virginia Enchanting Garden Wedding PhotographerBrooke’s gift to Dustin … a handwritten journal Brooke has been writing to her future husband since she was in 6th/7th grade!!!
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Dustin & Brooke | Historic Rosemont Manor, Berryville Virginia Enchanting Garden Wedding PhotographerDustin & Brooke | Historic Rosemont Manor, Berryville Virginia Enchanting Garden Wedding PhotographerBrooke’s sister had wrote a song to sing during communion. How sweet!!!
Dustin & Brooke | Historic Rosemont Manor, Berryville Virginia Enchanting Garden Wedding PhotographerYAY!!!!!
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Dustin & Brooke | Historic Rosemont Manor, Berryville Virginia Enchanting Garden Wedding PhotographerGorgeous girls!
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Dustin & Brooke | Historic Rosemont Manor, Berryville Virginia Enchanting Garden Wedding PhotographerDustin and Brooke surprised Brooke’s parents with their own first dance since they never had one at their wedding. SO sweet! What’s even better? Dustin recorded a song he sang just for their dance. How special. :)))
Dustin & Brooke | Historic Rosemont Manor, Berryville Virginia Enchanting Garden Wedding PhotographerDustin & Brooke | Historic Rosemont Manor, Berryville Virginia Enchanting Garden Wedding PhotographerWe snuck out for a few minutes of portraits. :)
Dustin & Brooke | Historic Rosemont Manor, Berryville Virginia Enchanting Garden Wedding PhotographerLOVEE!!!!
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Dustin & Brooke | Historic Rosemont Manor, Berryville Virginia Enchanting Garden Wedding PhotographerThey were gentle, I promise. :)
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Dustin & Brooke | Historic Rosemont Manor, Berryville Virginia Enchanting Garden Wedding Photographer

Thank you to all of the vendors involved!!!
Venue: Historic Rosemont Manor in Berryville, VA
Photographer: Stephanie Messick Photography
Coordinator: Julia Libby
Hair: Valerie Hall
Makeup: Alisha Nycole Becker
Caterer: Celebrations Catering
Florist: Succulents and Saffron
Baker: Beckaboos Cakes
DJ: Scandia DJ’s
Videographer: Zach Synder
Dress Designer: BHLDN

 

 

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HAPPY JUNE!!!!! Oh guys, so many great things happening this week! First, I just finished the busiest month of weddings I have ever done and I am so ready for a massage. ;) Haha! It has been an AMAZING month and I am blown away from the couples I had the privilege of getting to know through this journey. Truly, a month I will never forget and it’s all because of them. Sure, they put together fabulous details and one heck of a party but it was the sweet love I was most attracted to all of my couples. I found myself tearing up … A LOT. I’m surprised I haven’t learned by now to start carrying around tissues with me to the ceremony! Words cannot describe how thankful I am for each and every one of them for allowing me to document these special moments to share with their family, friends as well as their future children, grandchildren, great children, etc. :) I’m so unbelievably honored!

You may have noticed that my blog slowed down a little bit and there is a reason for that! I wanted to make sure I was not overloading myself too much with the 8 weddings I had booked for the May month. I decided to not take on any sessions the last half of May so I can focus 100% on my couples since I had 5 out of those 8 weddings within a 10 day period of time. It will probably never be like this again as my schedule will be slowing down over the years to come but I’m happy to take advantage of this time connecting, forming relationships with my couples, getting to know them and documenting their love story while I’m young and do not have family obligations. I have grown so close to them and will continue our friendships for the years to come. :) I’m on cloud nine after looking over my May calendar as a whole!

I’m really excited for this week for a couple of reasons, besides sharing some recent weddings. I took this week off of sessions to make sure I’m 100% caught up on editing before next Saturday’s wedding, but this week I will also be celebrating my 27th Birthday (yikes!)  on Friday as well as my Three Year Anniversary of my business!! Wohoo! I have noticed as I age, the years start to go by faster and faster. It’s a scary realization but I need to remind myself to embrace these days, months, years.

Looking forward to sharing these weddings with you this week and next week on the blog!!!

Dustin & Brooke | Rosemont Manor, Berryville, Virginia Wedding
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Peter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding Photographer

Saturday, I was in flower + farm + sunset HEAVEN. You will see exactly why below. I don’t think I have ever seen so many flowers in one place!!! :) The reason being is that Peter’s mom does this for a living and she is SUPER talented!!! I’m still in awe… I was also in awe over the time and creativity that was put into their ceremony/reception space. A lot was built by hand (like the dance floor, bench, refreshment bar, etc.)… I guess everyone is just super talented between Peter, Stephanie and their families! I may have to hire them to do my future wedding. ;) Along with their creativity, I want Peter and Stephanie’s luck with gorgeous sunsets! If you remember their Culpeper, Virginia farm engagement session last year, they had an incredible sunset as well! It’s a photographer’s dream to catch that beautiful glowy light. They were extremely lucky Saturday between these rainy days we have been experiencing.

Peter and Stephanie’s wedding day was nothing short of amazing. I loved their fun spirits on the dance floor, especially when we got to a special performance by Peter and his crew. Believe me, they didn’t plan to do this until probably 30 minutes before it happened. Haha! During that time, I turned around to see everyone recording it … you all might be the next bit YouTube hit! ;) Their special moments and details were distinctive and I hope these photos allow them to relive the essence of their wedding day over and over again.

CONGRATS Peter and Stephanie!!! I wish you two the absolute best during your marriage life together!!! I am incredibly honored to have been your wedding photographer. Enjoy seeing your day through my lens! xoxo!

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Peter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerPeter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerPeter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerPeter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerSo pretty girls!!!
Peter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerI love the color combination of this farm wedding!!!
Peter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerPeter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerPeter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerSweet moment between Maid of Honor, Skyler, and Stephanie. :)
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Peter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerPeter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerThis is cute! Haha! Celebrating with the guys!
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Peter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerLove!
Peter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerPeter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerPeter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerSo precious!
Peter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerPeter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerNow the flower goodness begins! :)
Peter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerEvery table had their own cake to cut! LOVE this idea!!!!
Peter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerPeter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerPeter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerPeter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerSucculents, peonies and tulips … I am liking this combination!
Peter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerPeter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerPeter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerPeter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerSo impressed with this dance floor they made!
Peter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerPeter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerPeter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerPeter made this bench … I may have to get him to build some furniture in my house!
Peter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerHe also built this refreshment bar! So talented!
Peter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerPeter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerSweet moments between father/daughter. <3
Peter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerPeter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerPeter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerPeter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerPeter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerThen we ran out for some sunset photos!
Peter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerOne of my favorites!!!!
Peter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerPeter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerPeter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerPeter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerI love this one of the girls! So cute and fun!
Peter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerDancing time!!
Peter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerPeter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerPeter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerPeter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerThe guys put on a show for Stephanie! Not to mention that it was a spontaneous dancing show and even better? It was to Taylor Swift’s “Shake it off”. Lol!
Peter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerStephanie LOVED it! Haha!
Peter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerThe ring bearer was trying to take off the garter! Lol!
Peter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerAdvice from the grandparents, “Never stop having fun”. :)
Peter & Stephanie | Culpeper, Virginia Farm Wedding PhotographerCONGRATS!!!!!!
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Thank you to all of the vendors involved!!!
Venue: Mount Pony Farm in Culpeper, VA
Photographer: Stephanie Messick Photography
Hair: Kristy Minor, Courtnie Thomas, Lexie Settle
Caterer: Hanks Southern Cuisine & Barbecue
Florist: Carol Inskeep, AIFD (Peter’s Mom)
Bakery: Wegmans Bakery
DJ: Nate Clancy from Im the DJ
Dress Designer: Mori Lee
Tent & Rentals: Gibson Rental

  • May 28, 2015 - 12:49 pm

    Lauren Swann - Everything looks amazing, Steph!!! Those florals and those portraits!! Ah!!

  • May 28, 2015 - 1:04 pm

    Jessica Haley - These are gorgeous Stephanie!! I feel like the sun is radiating in every image – stunning!!

  • May 28, 2015 - 1:37 pm

    Nate Clancy - You captured everything a couple could ever want in the photos. You definitely have all their special moments saved forever! Perfectly perfect and such an amazing photographer.

  • May 28, 2015 - 3:23 pm

    Karena Dixon - I can’t get over all the florals! SO beautiful!!

  • May 28, 2015 - 5:22 pm

    Kristin Alley Corrigan - The flowers are so luscious and colorful – beautiful! Love the sunset photos too! xo

  • May 28, 2015 - 5:32 pm

    Caitlin - what a gorgeous and colorful wedding! absolutely love the sunset couples portraits!!

  • June 1, 2015 - 4:20 pm

    Rachel at Morais - Amazing Stephanie! I love how you can tell just from these photos how in love this beautiful couple is! Well captured :-)

Tyler & Kimberly | Potomac Point Winery, Virginia Wedding Photographer

Tyler and Kimberly are truly best friends. In fact, they have known each other since they were kids! Basically dating their entire lives and FINALLLYYYYYY they got married last Thursday! I loved seeing their fun spirits during their day, from the prepping time to the reception. Sometimes plans don’t always work out but they really made the most of their day. I’m just thankful the weather held up so we were able to take portraits outside. God definitely answered my prayers … every mile of the way to the venue! :)

What caught me by surprise is how energized this crowd was for being a Thursday wedding!!! I have done Friday weddings before, but never on a weekday like Thursday. They partied until 11:30 p.m. celebrating this beautiful occasion! :) Weekday weddings are becoming more and more popular. In fact, I have another weekday wedding tomorrow (Wednesday!). Cool to see some traditions thrown out the window and become uniquely them. Tyler and Kimberly have a sweet, young love and their wedding day was full of laughter! Their sense of humor is so effortless and fun from the vows they read during the ceremony to the cake cutting to the mother/son dance … I just loved seeing their fun spirits light up the room. Now they have a bright future ahead and I look forward to seeing where God takes their marriage!

Thank you Tyler and Kimberly for giving me the privilege of documenting this very much anticipated day!! Enjoy some of my personal favorites and have the best time in Jamaica! xoxo!
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Oh! Don’t you love Tyler’s cuff link customized with their wedding date?!
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Tyler & Kimberly | Potomac Point Winery, Virginia Wedding PhotographerTheir socks were priceless … bacon?
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Tyler & Kimberly | Potomac Point Winery, Virginia Wedding PhotographerLove this one!
Tyler & Kimberly | Potomac Point Winery, Virginia Wedding PhotographerTyler & Kimberly | Potomac Point Winery, Virginia Wedding PhotographerOh yes! Then they got their feet wet and stomped some grapes together!!
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Tyler & Kimberly | Potomac Point Winery, Virginia Wedding PhotographerTyler & Kimberly | Potomac Point Winery, Virginia Wedding PhotographerTyler & Kimberly | Potomac Point Winery, Virginia Wedding PhotographerI’m sure you can guess the song on the right?!
Tyler & Kimberly | Potomac Point Winery, Virginia Wedding PhotographerTyler & Kimberly | Potomac Point Winery, Virginia Wedding PhotographerYAY! CONGRATS!!!!
Tyler & Kimberly | Potomac Point Winery, Virginia Wedding Photographer

Thank you to all of the vendors involved!!!
Venue: Potomac Point Winery & Vineyard
Photographer: Stephanie Messick Photography
Hair: Cece Robins
Caterer: Potomac Point Winery & Vineyard
Florist: Amy Jordan
DJ: Chris Campbell
Pastor: Barry Phipps, The Sound Church

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HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY! Go outside and enjoy this awesome weekend we were blessed with in Northern Virginia. Not sure what the weather is like everywhere else, but it’s too good to not take advantage! It’s going to be a crazy couple of weeks on the blog so bear with me. :) Yesterday I took the day off to spend with Kyle sipping on some wine/sangria in the sunshine. Exactly how I want to spend a Sunday gearing up for this final week of May (cannot believe I’m even saying that!). Next week I’ll be celebrating my Birthday as well as my Three Year Anniversary of my business! Wohoo!!! Until then, I have some beautiful weddings to look forward to photographing and posting this week on the blog!!!

This is what happened over the long weekend. :) 

Tyler and Kimberly | Potomac Point Winery Wedding

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Peter and Stephanie | Culpeper Farm Wedding

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Greg & Alyssa | Marriott Ranch, Hume Virginia Wedding Photographer

I stalked the weather constantly leading up to Saturday’s wedding. The forecasters predicted a 90% chance of rain. I knew that wasn’t a good sign but I was going to pray and hope for the best! That’s all you can do, right? No need for stressing because everything will work out. :) Rain won’t keep Greg and Alyssa from marrying and celebrating that is for sure! The morning of, I refreshed my weather browser every hour as if it was my own wedding day! Hahah! This also reminded me of their JMU engagement session as we crossed and prayed for no rain. It looked positive so I was in high spirits arriving at the gorgeous Marriott Ranch in Hume, Virginia! I was welcomed with beautiful smiles in a room packed with Alyssa’s closest family and friends. After Alyssa and Greg were dressed, it was finally time for Alyssa’s little surprise. :) Greg turned around to see his darling Alyssa dressed in her exquisite Maggie Sottero lace gown. After their prayer, Alyssa pulled out her Ukelele and surprised Greg with a song she wrote. My goodness, that girl can sing! Must be in her genes because her sister sang during the ceremony and also amazing! It was the perfect way to start off the fairytale day. As we were photographing the wedding party, a few droplets came down and the thunder was roaring in the background but we kept our confidence in the forecasters (for some reason ;). Thank goodness the rain came pouring down after the last photo of the groomsmen! Whew! We crossed fingers the rain would pass but we had to move to plan B for the outdoor ceremony. Marriot Ranch has a great alternative for a ceremony space in case of situations like this so I’m thankful it worked out. :)

In the middle of family formals, the sun came out! I looked over to see Mr. Foster out in the middle of the field saying he was on “rainbow watch” for me after I told him about the last time I was there. Haha! Alyssa’s parents were so helpful and I genuinely appreciated everything they did for me that day. It wasn’t two minutes later we had the rainbow call so we bolted out for some photos. :) God definitely blessed this couple with an amazing day! I’m so thankful the rain wasn’t consistent and they were able to have the celebration with family and friends as they hoped. Saturday will be one for the books!

A little special feature made it to the blog!!! Jordan Baker was able to put together a sneak peek film from their wedding day! AH! Be sure to check it out at the end of this blog post!!!! Cannot wait to see the highlight film when it is completed!

Thank you Greg, Alyssa as well as your family and friends for an amazing time on Saturday!!! You were blessed with an amazing day and I am incredibly honored to have been your wedding photographer! <3 Enjoy seeing your wedding day through my eyes. XOXO!!!! Enjoy Europe!!!!

Greg & Alyssa | Marriott Ranch, Hume Virginia Wedding PhotographerGreg & Alyssa | Marriott Ranch, Hume Virginia Wedding PhotographerGreg & Alyssa | Marriott Ranch, Hume Virginia Wedding PhotographerGreg & Alyssa | Marriott Ranch, Hume Virginia Wedding PhotographerGreg & Alyssa | Marriott Ranch, Hume Virginia Wedding PhotographerGreg gave Alyssa a Bible with their wedding date engraved. Sweet gift. :)
Greg & Alyssa | Marriott Ranch, Hume Virginia Wedding PhotographerI absolutely love this photo of you girls!!!
Greg & Alyssa | Marriott Ranch, Hume Virginia Wedding PhotographerGreg & Alyssa | Marriott Ranch, Hume Virginia Wedding PhotographerSweet mother-daughter moment. :)
Greg & Alyssa | Marriott Ranch, Hume Virginia Wedding PhotographerGreg & Alyssa | Marriott Ranch, Hume Virginia Wedding PhotographerThe coolest socks I have ever seen! Alyssa gave Greg a map for them to pin where they have travelled. I envy their escapades!!!
Greg & Alyssa | Marriott Ranch, Hume Virginia Wedding PhotographerSuch a manly room!
Greg & Alyssa | Marriott Ranch, Hume Virginia Wedding PhotographerSweet first look. :)
Greg & Alyssa | Marriott Ranch, Hume Virginia Wedding PhotographerGreg & Alyssa | Marriott Ranch, Hume Virginia Wedding PhotographerAlyssa surprised Greg with a song she wrote for him on their wedding day. <3
Greg & Alyssa | Marriott Ranch, Hume Virginia Wedding PhotographerGreg & Alyssa | Marriott Ranch, Hume Virginia Wedding PhotographerGreg & Alyssa | Marriott Ranch, Hume Virginia Wedding PhotographerGreg & Alyssa | Marriott Ranch, Hume Virginia Wedding PhotographerGreg & Alyssa | Marriott Ranch, Hume Virginia Wedding PhotographerNose kisses!!! They are so cute!
Greg & Alyssa | Marriott Ranch, Hume Virginia Wedding PhotographerBeautiful, girls!
Greg & Alyssa | Marriott Ranch, Hume Virginia Wedding PhotographerGreg & Alyssa | Marriott Ranch, Hume Virginia Wedding PhotographerGreg & Alyssa | Marriott Ranch, Hume Virginia Wedding PhotographerGreg & Alyssa | Marriott Ranch, Hume Virginia Wedding PhotographerLove the look Greg and Alyssa designed for the men!
Greg & Alyssa | Marriott Ranch, Hume Virginia Wedding PhotographerGreg & Alyssa | Marriott Ranch, Hume Virginia Wedding PhotographerGreg & Alyssa | Marriott Ranch, Hume Virginia Wedding Photographer…. Although, I’m sure Alyssa wasn’t expecting this shot. Hahahah! I think they really wanted to be lumberjacks and display their socks and suspenders. ;)
Greg & Alyssa | Marriott Ranch, Hume Virginia Wedding PhotographerGreg & Alyssa | Marriott Ranch, Hume Virginia Wedding PhotographerGreg & Alyssa | Marriott Ranch, Hume Virginia Wedding PhotographerGreg & Alyssa | Marriott Ranch, Hume Virginia Wedding PhotographerGreg & Alyssa | Marriott Ranch, Hume Virginia Wedding PhotographerGreg & Alyssa | Marriott Ranch, Hume Virginia Wedding PhotographerDue to rain, they had to move the ceremony to indoors but this isn’t a bad alternative at all! :)
Greg & Alyssa | Marriott Ranch, Hume Virginia Wedding PhotographerGreg & Alyssa | Marriott Ranch, Hume Virginia Wedding PhotographerGreg & Alyssa | Marriott Ranch, Hume Virginia Wedding PhotographerYAY!
Greg & Alyssa | Marriott Ranch, Hume Virginia Wedding PhotographerAwww, I LOVE how happy they look!!!!
Greg & Alyssa | Marriott Ranch, Hume Virginia Wedding PhotographerAnd this happened! Thanks Mr. Foster for being on “rainbow watch”. :)
Greg & Alyssa | Marriott Ranch, Hume Virginia Wedding PhotographerFortunately for us, the rain stopped just in time for portraits! I even had rain boots and a couple of umbrellas ready to go for photos! Haha!
Greg & Alyssa | Marriott Ranch, Hume Virginia Wedding PhotographerGreg & Alyssa | Marriott Ranch, Hume Virginia Wedding PhotographerGreg & Alyssa | Marriott Ranch, Hume Virginia Wedding PhotographerGreg & Alyssa | Marriott Ranch, Hume Virginia Wedding PhotographerTheir tree. <3
Greg & Alyssa | Marriott Ranch, Hume Virginia Wedding PhotographerGreg & Alyssa | Marriott Ranch, Hume Virginia Wedding PhotographerGreg & Alyssa | Marriott Ranch, Hume Virginia Wedding PhotographerGreg & Alyssa | Marriott Ranch, Hume Virginia Wedding PhotographerGreg & Alyssa | Marriott Ranch, Hume Virginia Wedding PhotographerGreg & Alyssa | Marriott Ranch, Hume Virginia Wedding PhotographerGreg & Alyssa | Marriott Ranch, Hume Virginia Wedding PhotographerGreg & Alyssa | Marriott Ranch, Hume Virginia Wedding Photographer:)
Greg & Alyssa | Marriott Ranch, Hume Virginia Wedding PhotographerLOVE.
Greg & Alyssa | Marriott Ranch, Hume Virginia Wedding PhotographerThis photo makes me smile! :)
Greg & Alyssa | Marriott Ranch, Hume Virginia Wedding PhotographerGreg & Alyssa | Marriott Ranch, Hume Virginia Wedding PhotographerGreg & Alyssa | Marriott Ranch, Hume Virginia Wedding PhotographerGreg & Alyssa | Marriott Ranch, Hume Virginia Wedding PhotographerGreg & Alyssa | Marriott Ranch, Hume Virginia Wedding PhotographerGreg & Alyssa | Marriott Ranch, Hume Virginia Wedding PhotographerGreg & Alyssa | Marriott Ranch, Hume Virginia Wedding PhotographerGreg & Alyssa | Marriott Ranch, Hume Virginia Wedding PhotographerGreg & Alyssa | Marriott Ranch, Hume Virginia Wedding PhotographerGreg & Alyssa | Marriott Ranch, Hume Virginia Wedding PhotographerGreg & Alyssa | Marriott Ranch, Hume Virginia Wedding PhotographerGreg & Alyssa | Marriott Ranch, Hume Virginia Wedding PhotographerThey had an INCREDIBLE first dance that left the room in tears.
Greg & Alyssa | Marriott Ranch, Hume Virginia Wedding PhotographerGreg & Alyssa | Marriott Ranch, Hume Virginia Wedding PhotographerThis choreographed dance included an umbrella which was coincidentally appropriate for the day. :)
Greg & Alyssa | Marriott Ranch, Hume Virginia Wedding PhotographerGreg & Alyssa | Marriott Ranch, Hume Virginia Wedding PhotographerBetter Together. <3
Greg & Alyssa | Marriott Ranch, Hume Virginia Wedding PhotographerGreg & Alyssa | Marriott Ranch, Hume Virginia Wedding PhotographerThen we ran outside for some sunset photos. We pretended there was a sunset of course. ;) It was still very romantic!
Greg & Alyssa | Marriott Ranch, Hume Virginia Wedding PhotographerShowing off the new bling!
Greg & Alyssa | Marriott Ranch, Hume Virginia Wedding PhotographerGreg & Alyssa | Marriott Ranch, Hume Virginia Wedding PhotographerGreg & Alyssa | Marriott Ranch, Hume Virginia Wedding PhotographerAlyssa, you are adorable!
Greg & Alyssa | Marriott Ranch, Hume Virginia Wedding PhotographerGreg & Alyssa | Marriott Ranch, Hume Virginia Wedding PhotographerGreg & Alyssa | Marriott Ranch, Hume Virginia Wedding PhotographerGreg & Alyssa | Marriott Ranch, Hume Virginia Wedding PhotographerDJ Craig Wood hooked us up! Dance party all night long!
Greg & Alyssa | Marriott Ranch, Hume Virginia Wedding PhotographerGreg & Alyssa | Marriott Ranch, Hume Virginia Wedding PhotographerJMU DUKEEEEEESSSSSSS!!!! Thank you for including me! :)))
Greg & Alyssa | Marriott Ranch, Hume Virginia Wedding PhotographerYay! I love my JMU couple! Don’t mind my hair … it was cute before I was stuck in the down pouring rain. ;)
Greg & Alyssa | Marriott Ranch, Hume Virginia Wedding PhotographerGreg & Alyssa | Marriott Ranch, Hume Virginia Wedding PhotographerI usually don’t post up bouquet toss shots but I laughed so hard to see the shot on the left of everything trying to grab it when one of the bridesmaids snuck attached and dive bombed. Perfect!
Greg & Alyssa | Marriott Ranch, Hume Virginia Wedding PhotographerGreg & Alyssa | Marriott Ranch, Hume Virginia Wedding PhotographerGreg & Alyssa | Marriott Ranch, Hume Virginia Wedding PhotographerFinal dance together in an empty room. Sweet little moment together! CONGRATS!!!!
Greg & Alyssa | Marriott Ranch, Hume Virginia Wedding Photographer

alyssa and greg – wedding film teaser from Jordan Baker on Vimeo.

Thank you to all of the vendors involved!!!
Venue: Marriott Ranch, Hume, Virginia
Photographer: Stephanie Messick Photography
Day of Coordinator: Louise Ramsey from Marriott Ranch
Hair and Makeup: Trish Langley from My Mobile Salon
Caterer: Marriott Ranch
Florist: Shelley’s Floral Enterprise
Baker: Misty Claveloux from Girl Meets Cake
DJ: DJ Craig Wood (he’s the bomb DOT com!)
Videographer: Jordan Baker
Stationery: Margaret Clary
Dress Designer: Maggie Sottero
Photo Booth: King Photo Booths
Transportation: Rappahannock Flyer

 

  • May 21, 2015 - 12:47 pm

    Laura - Wow you did such a great job with this wedding! Their portraits are so amazing and fun!

  • May 21, 2015 - 12:49 pm

    Lauren Swann - What a gorgeous wedding! That rainbow?! SO perfect! I love that you had Alyssa’s dad on watch duty, too! XO!

  • May 21, 2015 - 12:52 pm

    Nikki Santerre - Yay for JMU weddings! AND HER SHOES!!! I’d love to know where they’re from!

  • May 21, 2015 - 12:56 pm

    Christa Rae - Oh my goodness – that RAINBOW! Such stunning details and portraits!! Love everything about every photo!

  • May 21, 2015 - 1:28 pm

    Erin Wheeler - Wow what an absolutely beautiful venue! Love the florals and their colors. What a stunning couple!

  • May 21, 2015 - 1:58 pm

    Natalie - This is truly one of the most beautiful weddings I’ve ever seen! Loooove!

  • May 21, 2015 - 3:13 pm

    Riette Farthing - wow! That is stunning! Such a gorgeous wedding and you did such a great job photographing it!