Happy Finch Photography: Blog https://www.happyfinchphotography.com/blog en-us (C) Happy Finch Photography melinda@happyfinchphotography.com (Happy Finch Photography) Sun, 24 Apr 2022 15:16:00 GMT Sun, 24 Apr 2022 15:16:00 GMT https://www.happyfinchphotography.com/img/s/v-12/u885509217-o177520371-50.jpg Happy Finch Photography: Blog https://www.happyfinchphotography.com/blog 80 120 Intimate Spring Garden Wedding at the Historic Virginia Cliffe Inn https://www.happyfinchphotography.com/blog/2022/4/intimate-spring-garden-wedding-at-the-historic-virginia-cliffe-inn Jessica and Drew hosted such a beautiful and intimate garden wedding at the Virginia Cliffe Inn last May.  I loved so much about this wedding – the smaller scale, the charming setting, the delicious meal, and their gorgeous florals in a range of amazing pastel hues.  It was clear Jess and Drew had taken great care to curate a group of vendors that would create the exact vibe they wanted – elegant, but unstuffy, and a little bit playful.  After dinner, they even hired a dance instructor to do waltz and salsa tutorials with their guests.  So fun!  

Enjoy this collection of photos from their sweet spring wedding.  J+D, thank you for choosing me to capture the first day of your marriage.  Wishing you many more perfect days together!

The Virginia Cliffe Inn | Marylee Marmer Events | The Catering Outfit | Vogue Flowers | Fat Rabbit Cakes | Classic Party Rentals


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Playful Golden-Hour Backyard Engagement Session https://www.happyfinchphotography.com/blog/2022/4/playful-golden-hour-backyard-engagement-session I met Emma and Zach on a beautiful spring evening for their engagement mini session!  They are simply adorable together, and the time flew by as we visited all the pretty spots in Zach's family's beautiful yard.  We couldn't have asked for a more vibrant golden hour.  This is such a happy little collection of photos of two very sweet and soulful people, and I'm delighted to share it today on the blog.  Enjoy!


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Glittery Black & White Art Deco Wedding at Rosemont Springs https://www.happyfinchphotography.com/blog/2022/4/glittery-black-white-art-deco-wedding-at-rosemont-springs Elaine and Sean chose the Roaring Twenties as the inspiration for their wedding decor and attire.  There were so many great Art Deco details and festive touches that added to the vibe, and I could see how much fun their guests were having leaning into the theme with their period-inspired outfits.  I loved the balance E+S struck between the playfulness of a costume party and the romance of their classic black bowties and glittering rose gold accents.  

On a deeper note, it was so sweet to see the earnest tears and emotions Elaine and Sean shared as their day unfolded.  I'm so privileged to be able to witness moments like these.  Sending my best wishes to this happy couple!


Rosemont Springs Barn | Sponseller's FlowersThe Cake Boutique | Carson "Trucker" Yoder DJ 

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Bright Spring Garden Engagement Session at Maymont Estate https://www.happyfinchphotography.com/blog/2022/3/bright-spring-garden-engagement-session-at-maymont-estate I met Jessica and Drew for their engagement session on the most radiant, sunny morning in April.  We met at Maymont Estate in Richmond, which was positively bursting with colors and textures.  It was the first visit to Maymont for all of us, and we had such a pleasant time discovering all the amazing nooks and crannies in the gardens.  Although working in strong sunlight has its challenges, I just love how these pictures capture the amazing energy of spring (and love!).  I was also thrilled to work through the final details of wedding planning with Jess and Drew, whose wedding was only weeks away.    


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Colorful Mountain-View Wedding at Sky Ridge Farm https://www.happyfinchphotography.com/blog/2022/3/colorful-mountain-view-wedding-at-sky-ridge-farm Stephanie and Ken are two of the sweetest souls and made me feel so welcome on their wedding day (and their engagement session).  These two overcame numerous obstacles in the weeks and months leading up to their April wedding, including a last-minute pandemic-related venue change.  Sky Ridge Farm ended up being the perfect backdrop for their spring celebration, and their amazing, vibrant floral arrangements felt like a warm infusion after the winter/Covid doldrums.  I loved this day and their amazing team of local vendors, listed below.  

Stephanie and Ken, sending you both my fondest wishes as your first anniversary approaches!  Thank you so much for letting me be part of your story!


Sky Ridge Farm | Country Cupboard CateringGrace Wedding Co. | King Studios DJ | Upsy Daisy Flowers & Gifts | Buttercream Dreams | Skin Oasis + Beauty by Britt B | Wild Roots Hair Design 

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Snuggly Blue Ridge Mountain Engagement Session with Majestic Views https://www.happyfinchphotography.com/blog/2022/3/blue-ridge-mountain-engagement-session Dana and Chaney are so gentle and soulful and it was such a pleasure to spend time with them capturing their engagement photos.  We met near the spot they had gotten engaged in the Blue Ridge Mountains and were captivated by the breathtaking views and soft, early-spring light.  This session came after a very long, quiet pandemic winter, on the anniversary of the 2020 Covid lockdowns, and it breathed such life into me.  I can't imagine a more wonderful way to start fresh than with these two sweethearts.  Truly, I think we all finished the session feeling on top of the world!


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Twin Sister Senior Session on their Family's Farm https://www.happyfinchphotography.com/blog/2022/3/twin-sister-senior-session-on-the-family-farm I had the pleasure of capturing senior photos of Natalie and Lexie – twins! – in the fall of their final year of high school.  We had SUCH a fun time visiting picturesque spots around their family's wooded homestead, and, of course, I can never get enough of autumn's buttery golden light.  It's hard to imagine two lovelier young women, both inside and out.  I loved creating this radiant collection of photos for two wonderful people full of promise and poise!



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Chic October Barn Wedding at Rosemont Springs https://www.happyfinchphotography.com/blog/2021/9/chic-october-barn-wedding-at-rosemont-springs-barn Lauren and Jay celebrated their wedding on a perfect, mild October day at Rosemont Springs!  I appreciated all of their pretty details, including their lush infinity arch and bouquets, which were absolutely gorgeous.  There was so much sweet energy and emotion throughout this day – from the poignant first looks at the beginning of the day all the way through the amazing dance party and sparkler exit.  You can clearly see how much Lauren and Jay were living in the moment and how they dazzle in their bride+groom portraits.  Truly, I had the hardest time reducing the number of highlights I featured in this post!  They are simply adorable, and it was a delight to capture all the love they shared with their families and friends!

Lauren and Jay, I loved working with you, and I wish you a very happy first anniversary and a rich and beautiful life together!! 

Historic Rosemont Springs | Mini Rose Farm | DJ Neal at 80's Dance Party

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Intimate Micro-Wedding at Northern Virginia Estate https://www.happyfinchphotography.com/blog/2021/9/intimate-micro-wedding-at-northern-virginia-estate James and Brittney got married on the most gorgeous October day!  They decided to host a very intimate "micro-wedding" to maintain as much safety as possible for their family while they gathered.  I loved their strategy to rent a beautiful AirBnB property that would provide a classy backdrop for their festivities and easily accommodate their dozen guests.  This wedding felt like a lovely little jewel – tiny, intentional, and very precious – and James and Brittney are two of the most kind-hearted people.  I loved the afternoon I spent with them!

Brittney and James, thank you for the incredible care you took to keep your group (and me) safe!  Wishing you the happiest life together!!

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Rustic Late Summer Engagement Session at Barboursville Vineyards https://www.happyfinchphotography.com/blog/2021/9/rustic-late-summer-engagement-session-at-barboursville-vineyards The transition from summer to fall is probably my favorite time of year, perhaps in part because it's one of the most beautiful seasons for photography.  There's something about the golden light and cooler evenings that makes every session feel special.  I had a great time with Jen and Brandon capturing their engagement photos at Barboursville Vineyards around this time last year.  You'll see how many beautiful spots on the property we got to visit and how much fun they were having together.  I am so excited about their wedding coming up in just a couple months!  

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Sweet September Arboretum Engagement Session in Harrisonburg https://www.happyfinchphotography.com/blog/2021/4/sweet-september-arboretum-engagement-session Stephanie and Ken and I enjoyed a perfect fall evening together while capturing their engagement photos at the Edith J. Carrier Arboretum on the JMU campus.  They are such a cute, kind, and genuine couple and wonderful to spend time with.  It was also fun pointing out all the beautiful plants and learning that Ken had actually spent time working at the arboretum!  I loved Stephanie's vibrant wardrobe choices, and I can't wait for their colorful spring wedding only days away!!!  


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Fresh and Flirty Belle Isle Engagement Session https://www.happyfinchphotography.com/blog/2021/4/fresh-and-fun-belle-isle-engagement-session Nicole and Adam are the cutest!  We had so much fun getting to know each other and exploring Belle Isle in Richmond on a perfect summer evening.  These two are naturals in front of the camera, and this session has a little bit of everything.  We captured such a great blend of sassy, flirty, glowing images and also lots of quieter images that show how tender and secure Nicole and Adam are together.  I can't wait to capture their big day in Richmond this summer! 



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Vibrant Blue and Blush Lakeside Wedding in Cumberland County, VA https://www.happyfinchphotography.com/blog/2021/4/vibrant-blue-and-blush-lakeside-wedding-in-cumberland-county-va Amber and Baily got to celebrate their wedding TWICE!  Like many other couples in 2020, these two sweethearts were forced to reschedule their large celebration because of COVID-19.  They decided to have a very small family ceremony on their original date, June 13th, and their big party in September when conditions were safer for group gatherings.  Twice as nice!  

I got to join them for their September celebration, which took place on the most gorgeous late-summer day at Baily's family's lakehouse.  Perfect warm sunshine, perfect blue skies, incredible views of the lake...  Idyllic!  Amber had included many sweet little decorative touches to make the day unique and comfortable for their guests.  Enjoy these vibrant and emotion-filled photos, including a sweet father-daughter first look and tons of radiant bride+groom portraits by the lake during the golden hour.

Amber and Baily, thank you for the privilege of joining you as you celebrated your first months as husband and wife!  May the tenacity and good humor you showed in the face of COVID-19 stay with you on your journey of marriage! 


 Trice's Lake Clubhouse | Split Endz Stylists | Summy's Catering | Basic Invite | David's Bridal | Men's Wearhouse

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Timeless Summer Celebration at St. Francis De Sales Catholic Church https://www.happyfinchphotography.com/blog/2021/3/timeless-summer-celebration-at-st-francis-de-sales-catholic-church Amanda and Arkeith celebrated their beautiful wedding at the St. Francis De Sales Catholic Church in Purcellville.  Their wedding day began during the final showers of Hurricane Laura, but by the end of their ceremony, the sun was shining gloriously, giving us incredible light during their portrait time.

This group was so much fun, and we captured so many joyful moments together.  Amanda and Arkeith have a wonderful, generous way of loving each other, and their wholehearted enjoyment of the day was a gift.  I find myself grinning from ear to ear as I scroll through these images and relive the day.  There is nothing better than spending time with two wonderful people who have surrounded themselves with wonderful family and friends!  

Cheers, Amanda and Arkeith!  Best wishes for a lifetime of joy!


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Baby Maddie's First Birthday Portraits https://www.happyfinchphotography.com/blog/2021/3/baby-maddies-first-birthday-portraits I got to capture these photos for sweet Maddie and her parents right before her first birthday!  We ended up with a beautiful summer morning, and Maddie was a busy bee during her session – exploring by the river, playing with balloons and bubbles, and making an adorable, sweet, sticky mess during her cake smash.  She is so cute and so very loved!


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Golden Summer Engagement Session at UVA https://www.happyfinchphotography.com/blog/2021/2/golden-summer-engagement-session-at-uva Amanda and Arkeith are such a bright and bubbly couple!  We met at the UVA Rotunda on a hot July evening to capture their engagement photos.  Despite the heat on the day of our session – literally 100 degrees! – these two jumped in with both feet and had the best time together while I got to capture it all.  We had so much fun.  They have the best chemistry and didn't mind snuggling, dancing, laughing, and anything else we could come up with.  I just love the photos we captured together that evening, and I left the session more excited than ever for their wedding at the end of the summer!


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Baseball Player Jacob's Riverside Senior Session https://www.happyfinchphotography.com/blog/2021/2/jacobs-riverside-senior-session I spent a lovely summer evening with Jacob, who is a 2021 high school senior and baseball player.  This session was my first session in 2020 after the early pandemic restrictions lifted, and it felt SO good to be making beautiful pictures again, and Jacob was a great sport!  This riverside location was perfect for this outdoorsy young man who especially loves to fish.  It was such a privilege to capture this important milestone in a young adult's life!

Happy upcoming graduation, Jacob!


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Little Heidi Turns Two! {Personal} https://www.happyfinchphotography.com/blog/2021/2/little-heidi-turns-two-personal Our littlest love is turning two!  She may be small, but her spunkiness and sassiness are formidable.  This little sweetheart is growing by leaps and bounds – it's amazing to hear her speaking her thoughts and diving into pretend play.  It's heartwarming to see her strong attachment to her big brother and sister.  And it's a bit alarming to watch her dragging her stool around behind her, ready to make mischief at any level, like dumping pantry ingredients, "embellishing" the walls with pens and markers, and opening door knobs.  

We are all pretty obsessed with Heidi, and she knows it.  We can't wait to celebrate her birthday!


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Multi-Generational Woodsy Winter Family Session in Crozet https://www.happyfinchphotography.com/blog/2021/2/multi-generational-holiday-family-session Gathering with family is so important!  It is always a special honor to capture three generations together, especially watching as grandparents and grandkids light up as they play together.  As the pandemic has forced distance between many families, photos like these become more meaningful than ever.  I loved my time with this sweet family just before Thanksgiving in 2019, pre-COVID!  


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Cozy Winter Engagement Session at JMU Arboretum https://www.happyfinchphotography.com/blog/2021/1/cozy-winter-arboretum-engagement-session-at-jmu I just love engagement sessions!  They are a great way to get to know a couple before their wedding day.  They offer many opportunities to be creative that are not possible on the day of the wedding.  And they are just SO. MUCH. FUN.

Lauren and Jay are the cutest, sweetest people, and the afternoon we spent together at the JMU arboretum got me so excited for their wedding!  Feel the love today as you scroll through the photos below. :)


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So Long, 2020! https://www.happyfinchphotography.com/blog/2020/12/so-long-2020 Well....2020 has been a weird year!  As I look around the corner, hopeful that 2021 will be brighter and easier, it has been good for my spirit to look back over all of these beautiful sessions from this year.  So much joy and light!  Although many aspects of life shut down this year, love certainly didn't.  

Thanks to each of you who shared a sliver of your life with me.  It is hard to overstate how much creating these images for you bolstered my spirit!  Thank you, thank you, thank you!  

Here's to a new year full of big, joyful reunions!


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Cozy Autumn Lodge Wedding at Rosemont Springs https://www.happyfinchphotography.com/blog/2020/12/cozy-autumn-lodge-wedding-at-rosemont-springs Kat and Trey were bubbling over with the sweetest joy on their wedding day!  I had the privilege of joining them last November for their cozy celebration at Rosemont Springs Barn.  Between the lovely holiday decorations and crackling fire in the stone fireplace, their wedding made the most of the colder season.  

It's a delight to share this collection!  I know you'll especially enjoy their authentic post-ceremony joy, their stunning bride+groom portraits, the amazing barn venue, and Kat's gorgeous hair, like a magical woodland fairy!  Kat and Trey, thank you so much for the privilege of capturing this day for you.  Happy anniversary and merry Christmas!


Happy Finch Photography | Historic Rosemont Springs | A Family Affair Event Planning | Sponsellor's Flowers | Rick Rohn DJ | Church Street Bridal | An Affair to Remember Video | Sammy's Tent & Rental 

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Luke Is 5! {Personal} https://www.happyfinchphotography.com/blog/2020/12/luke-is-5-personal This wonderful little guy is having a birthday today!  He fills our lives with humor, intensity, curiosity, and sweetness.  He pays attention to details and makes his own bed so carefully and beautifully.  He's interested in human anatomy and has recently developed a quirky interest in watching appendectomies with Daddy on YouTube.  He loves to sing along to his favorite songs on the radio, and any chance he can get, he'll snatch my phone, turn the music up, and bust some moves.  He would eat watermelon and blueberries until he popped if we let him.  

His personality is big and bold, but he can also be very tender, and he holds such a huge place in our hearts!  Can't believe he's five!  


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Picturesque Mountaintop Wedding at Grace Estate Winery https://www.happyfinchphotography.com/blog/2020/10/classic-virginia-winery-wedding-with-mountain-views Leah and Trent celebrated their beautiful wedding at Grace Estate Winery on a gorgeous day in October.  The sweeping views of the Blue Ridge Mountains from their hillside venue were breathtaking, especially with the dynamic clouds that swirled all day.  Truly, it was a stunning display, as you'll see below!  

I loved working with Leah and Trent; they were so kind and had planned an event that exuded warmth and hospitality to all of their guests.  Their flowers, apparel, and other details were carefully chosen to create a romantic, bohemian vibe.  The lush vines of the vineyard below, the textured brick of the manor, and the *perfect* floral arch framing the rolling hills offered endless opportunities for dreamy photos.  If I haven't made it obvious yet, I had so much fun at this wedding!

Leah and Trent, thank you so much for including me in your beautiful day!  It was a pleasure to join you, and I wish you continued happiness in your marriage.  Hopefully this little throwback brings you lots of joy today!!  Cheers!

Grace Estate Winery | Roadside Chive | Glo-Out Glamour Bar Not Cakes Gourmet Cupcakes | Epic Sounds Entertainment 

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Blue Ridge Mountain Golden Hour Family Session https://www.happyfinchphotography.com/blog/2020/8/blue-ridge-mountain-golden-hour-family-session In addition to wedding and engagement photography, I accept a handful of family sessions as my schedule permits, and they add such a fun opportunity for creativity.  I have seriously loved working with this family for the past three years.  I think this session is my favorite of our sessions together so far!  We lucked out with the most perfect light for their family portraits in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and they absolutely nailed every pose I suggested!  Enjoy the beauty of these adorable people and the hazy, golden end of summer in Virginia.


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Rustic Bohemian Retreat Wedding at Wolftrap Farm https://www.happyfinchphotography.com/blog/2020/7/rustic-bohemian-destination-wedding-at-wolftrap-farm Chris and Darlene are a vibrant couple, and their wedding was a colorful, eclectic celebration that suited them perfectly!  These Pennsylvania residents chose Wolftrap Farm in the beautiful rolling hills of central Virginia for their destination wedding weekend.  Their goal was a weekend of intimate celebration that had all the wholesome fun and nostalgia of childhood summer camp, and they totally succeeded!  Every detail was carefully curated by Chris and Darlene; some were even DIY projects, like Chris's awesome rustic tap, from which they served Virginia and Pennsylvania craft brews.  The emotions and energy between this couple were a joy to experience; their ceremony was profoundly personal, and their beloved guests were obviously deeply invested in their lives.  

C+D, thank you so much for the privilege of capturing these moments for you.  Wishing you a lifetime of companionship, trust, and creativity together!


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Charlotte is 8! {Personal} https://www.happyfinchphotography.com/blog/2020/6/charlotte-is-8-personal This week, our family is celebrating our oldest daughter's EIGHTH birthday!  This nature-loving girl brings energy, curiosity, and sensitivity to our family.  We are proud of who she is and are so grateful to have her in our lives.  I also can't believe how much she has grown up in the last year!  

Here are some of her birthday portraits, about which she had a lot of input.  The time and place were her choice, and they were so fitting – spontaneous, up at dawn, outside in the dewy fields before we'd even had breakfast.  I have been trying to keep up with this early bird for eight years!  

She is a bright light in our lives!  Happy birthday, Sweet Charlotte!



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Intimate Wedding at the UVA Chapel and Gardens https://www.happyfinchphotography.com/blog/2020/5/intimate-wedding-at-the-uva-chapel-and-gardens Carlos and Tiffany's small wedding at the University of Virginia was a beautiful, low-key celebration of love surrounded by their dearest family and friends!  They chose to keep their details simple in order to relax and be present as the moments unfolded.  This decision totally worked – the Gothic arches and stained glass of the UVA Chapel and the meandering paths and lush plantings of the formal gardens were all stunning backdrops requiring no additional ornamentation.  This day was so much fun, and their giddy, overflowing joy was infectious.  I loved working with these two sweet people, witnessing their happiness, and spending the day in one of my favorite places!