Happy Finch Photography: Blog https://www.happyfinchphotography.com/blog en-us (C) Happy Finch Photography [email protected] (Happy Finch Photography) Sun, 10 Mar 2024 04:09:00 GMT Sun, 10 Mar 2024 04:09:00 GMT https://www.happyfinchphotography.com/img/s/v-12/u885509217-o177520371-50.jpg Happy Finch Photography: Blog https://www.happyfinchphotography.com/blog 80 120 Vibrant July Wildflower Wedding with Peach & Pink Florals https://www.happyfinchphotography.com/blog/2024/3/vibrant-july-wildflower-wedding-with-peach-pink-florals Emily and Stephen are an absolutely charming couple, and they hosted such a lovely celebration for their family and friends.  This wedding was chock-full of beautiful and sentimental details.  I was especially captivated by their bright summer color palette and breathtaking florals, including a diversity of wildflowers.  A particularly sweet moment was their emotional first look on the grand portico of the manor, just the first of many tender moments that they shared together as the day unfolded.  Cheers to the happy couple! 

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Cheery Spring Lakeside Wedding at Running Mare Farm https://www.happyfinchphotography.com/blog/2024/3/cheery-spring-lakeside-wedding-at-running-mare-farm I so enjoyed celebrating with Fiona and Ted at Running Mare Farm for their warm and welcoming wedding!  They're such a lovely couple, and the waterfront views through the willows were charming.  The shade from the mature oaks was SO welcome in the surprising late-May heat, and their vibrant pink and yellow flowers were a perfect match for the summery weather.  In the evening, we captured some sweet golden-hour photos together and enjoyed dancing into the cool night.

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Romantic Dusty Blue Spring Wedding in Berryville, Virginia https://www.happyfinchphotography.com/blog/2024/3/dusty-blue-spring-wedding-in-berryville Shelby and Alex had such a joyful spring wedding!  From their sweet first look and velvety rose bouquets to their playful group photos and exuberant dance party, I had tons of fun capturing all the highlights of their big day.  Although the sky started out overcast, the sun decided to peek out during their ceremony and give us a happy glow for the rest of the evening!  

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Playful Navy & Ivory Winter Wedding at New Kent Winery https://www.happyfinchphotography.com/blog/2024/3/navy-ivory-winter-wedding-at-new-kent-winery What a joyful way to finish a season!  I had a blast with Sarah and Cody and their outgoing group at Vineyard Estate at New Kent Winery!  Can't you just see the playfulness and delight overflowing out of this charming duo?  And what a great dance party, capped off by a super-twinkly sparkler exit!

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Joyful Peacock Blue November Wedding with Catholic Mass https://www.happyfinchphotography.com/blog/2024/3/joyful-peacock-blue-november-wedding-with-catholic-mass Dana & Chaney are two of the sweetest souls, and I'm so glad they found each other.  Spending the day with them and their loved ones was simply the best.  Not to mention the non-stop dancing frenzy to cap off the night!  What a special couple and fun celebration at Rosemont Springs! 

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Fresh and Modern Late-Autumn Barn Wedding at Rosemont Springs https://www.happyfinchphotography.com/blog/2024/3/fresh-and-modern-late-autumn-barn-wedding Lots of fun at Jen and Brandon's lively November wedding at Rosemont Springs! They were such good sports about the chilly weather and had no trouble turning up the heat for a wild party after dinner!  Their rich color palette, attention to detail, and stylish florals especially captured my heart. 

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Cozy October Engagement Session at James Madison University https://www.happyfinchphotography.com/blog/2024/3/cozy-october-engagement-session-at-james-madison-university I love engagement sessions for so many reasons, and one of them is that they're a fun way to get to know my couples before their weddings. I spent such a lovely fall evening at JMU with Erica and Austin!  What a sweet pair, and a what a happy time enjoying the autumn colors, the crispness in the air, the beautiful sunset over the meadow, and the energy of their adorable puppy Rey!


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Woodsy Autumn Overlook Engagement Session near Massanutten https://www.happyfinchphotography.com/blog/2024/3/woodsy-autumn-overlook-engagement-session What a perfect autumn evening in the mountains!  Enjoy these highlights from Sarah and Austin's snuggly golden hour engagement session on top of the world. Check out those views!



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Vibrant Bohemian Autumn Wedding at Anahata Education Center https://www.happyfinchphotography.com/blog/2023/4/vibrant-autumn-retreat-wedding-at-anahata-center Libby and Alex gathered with their loved ones at the Anahata Education Center for a weekend-long wedding retreat full of joyful celebration and restful communion with nature.  What an enchanting wedding!  I could not get over all the incredible colors of this day, or how dear Libby and Alex and their families are.  Every aspect of their gathering was playful, generous, and genuine.  Their ceremony, centered in a stone spiral beside a gurgling stream, was so soulful and unique.  During their hand-fasting ritual and exchange of vows, everyone circled round the couple to envelope them in love – which put them in perfect proximity for hugging and tossing flower petals immediately after the big kiss!

As you scroll through these photo highlights, I'm sure you'll get caught up in all the joy and sweetness too.  Libby and Alex, I'm so thankful to have been part of your story, and I wish you a lifetime of beautiful adventures together!


Anahata Education Center | Stonecrop Farm | Blue Ridge Mountain Catering | Elegant Forever Bridal Boutique | Copper Hill Cakes & Goodies | Yarrow Springs Farm & Florist


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Intimate October Backyard Bonfire Wedding https://www.happyfinchphotography.com/blog/2023/3/intimate-october-backyard-wedding Beth and Doug's relaxed backyard wedding doubled as an amazing housewarming party!  In the months before their wedding, they both put in so much hard work to get their property ready to share with their friends on their wedding day.  They lucked out with the prettiest October weather, and all their fun touches like badminton nets, a fire pit, a beverage truck, and a table full of cupcakes created the perfect laid-back mood for their shindig.  It was a beautiful day, focused on enjoying everyone's company and sharing all the wholesome comforts of their country home.  

Beth and Doug, wishing the two of you many wonderful years together!



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Historic Farm Golden-Hour Engagement Session https://www.happyfinchphotography.com/blog/2023/3/historic-farm-golden-hour-engagement-session What a delightful summer evening with Liz and Bryan!  Everything about this engagement session came together beautifully – the charming farm setting, the glowing golden light, their playful chemistry, the fun and easy conversation as we got to know each other...  The icing on the cake was finishing our session in the pollinator garden as the sun set.  Magic!  We all departed feeling so excited to do it all over again for their wedding the following summer! 


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Relaxed High Summer Wedding Celebration https://www.happyfinchphotography.com/blog/2023/3/relaxed-high-summer-celebration Meghan and Glen hosted their laid-back wedding at Rosemont Springs in the height of summer.  After rescheduling their winter wedding twice because of Covid, their family and friends came together with so much joy and energy to FINALLY celebrate the happy couple.  The day was bright, colorful, and full of playful details to help their guests have a great time, like customized Mad Libs cards, lawn games, and a shaded lounge area.  Everything about the day was relaxed, easy, and in-the-moment.  After the formalities, this couple and their friends let loose on the dance floor with an EPIC, eclectic dance party.  

So much light-hearted fun at this wedding, with two very special people.  Enjoy this little taste of summer!  


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Playful Wooded Summer Engagement Session https://www.happyfinchphotography.com/blog/2023/2/playful-wooded-summer-engagement-session Libby and Alex are such a fun, playful couple with a strong love of nature.  When we were planning their engagement session, they told me how much they wanted colorful, natural landscapes as the background in their photos.  When we met on the grounds of Rosemont Manor, we had the best morning exploring, admiring the mature trees, talking about their adventures, and getting excited about their wedding.  

Libby and Alex are simply adorable together, and it's so hard for me to narrow down favorites from their collection.  These photos are sure to make you smile!


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Mountaintop Sunset Engagement Session on the Blue Ridge Parkway https://www.happyfinchphotography.com/blog/2023/2/mountaintop-sunset-engagement-session We had such a beautiful evening for Beth and Doug's engagement session on the Blue Ridge Parkway!  The views there never fail to impress, even with a little summer haze.  I love the quiet, intimate vibes we captured together, like these two were a world away from everything and everyone.  As you'll see, Beth and Doug's happiness and ease with each other really shines in their photo collection.  Enjoy!


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Quaint and Colorful Main Street Engagement Session in Downtown Luray https://www.happyfinchphotography.com/blog/2023/2/quaint-main-street-engagement-session-in-downtown-luray Fiona and Ted are such kind and relaxed people!  I met them in Downtown Luray for their summer engagement session, because we all agreed that the old-fashioned, small-town vibes were charming.  In addition to the variety of quaint backdrops we found on Main Street and at the nearby Carillon Park, we also experienced a variety of weather!  Clouds, wind, thunder showers, and a burst of sun as a finale... It was hard to predict, but Fiona and Ted were great sports and stuck with me until the end, even waiting in our cars during the heaviest rain and then dashing around with umbrellas.  Our efforts paid off with this adorable collection of photos, and I left feeling pumped to join them again for their wedding!


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Multicultural Church Wedding in Navy & Champagne https://www.happyfinchphotography.com/blog/2023/2/multicultural-church-wedding-in-navy-champagne Nicole and Adam came to party!  Their big group had the best energy, and their wedding had such a nice balance of sentimentality and good old-fashioned fun.  Nicole and Adam had a lovely traditional Catholic mass, merging rituals from both their families' cultures.  Their chosen venue, St. Anthony's Maronite Church, was actually the same church where the groom's parents were married a generation ago – so meaningful and increasingly rare.  The reception was welcoming and joyful and culminated in a full-throttle dance party that was an absolute delight.  

I really enjoyed reminiscing back through this collection!  Nicole and Adam, may you always enjoy the same playfulness and humor you shared on your wedding day!  Cheers!


St. Anthony's Maronite Catholic Church | DJ Bill Gilliam | Brick House Diner | Bethany at Rooted Hair Co | Jennifer at Veil Hair & Makeup | Incredible Edibles Bakery | Ray at Weddings by LDF | Virginia Linen | Magic Special Events 

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Black Tie Summer Church & Vineyard Micro-Wedding https://www.happyfinchphotography.com/blog/2023/2/golden-summer-vineyard-micro-wedding Katie and Tom gathered their intimate group of 10 for the most charming micro-wedding in early June.  The whole day was calm and sweet and full of happy warmth!  After a beautiful traditional service at the Church of the Incarnation in Charlottesville, the group reconvened at the Farmhouse at Veritas for portraits and an elegant meal.  As you'll see as you look through the photos, Katie and Tom both have the sweetest smiles, and I couldn't get enough of these two together in the glowing light of the vineyard and around the farmhouse.  They totally crushed their bride+groom portraits!

Enjoy the sunny goodness of their beautiful, intimate celebration.  Katie and Tom, I'm sending you my sincerest wishes for a joyful marriage, and I'm so looking forward to another family celebration later this year! :)



The Farmhouse at Veritas | Church of the Incarnation | Colonial Florist | Vivi's Cakes | Albemarle Limousine



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Romantic Golden-Hour Newlywed Portraits at Swannanoa Palace https://www.happyfinchphotography.com/blog/2023/2/romantic-golden-hour-newlywed-portraits-at-swannanoa-palace Remember Millie and Schuyler?  I had the pleasure of meeting them again soon after their honeymoon to take some really romantic photos on a gorgeous summer evening at Swannanoa Palace.  What a stunning setting!  Our goal was to capture some classic bridal portraits of Millie and some additional couple photos to supplement their wedding collection.  I REALLY loved this strategy of spending more time on portraits in a special location, unlimited by the constraints of a whirlwind wedding day.  I also think Millie and Schuyler enjoyed an opportunity to wear their wedding clothes again. :)

It was a great evening!  We lucked out with the most incredible light, and I was giddy about all the cool architectural opportunities around the grounds.  I love how these portraits turned out!


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Historic Church Wedding with Blue Ridge Mountain Views https://www.happyfinchphotography.com/blog/2023/2/historic-church-wedding-with-mountain-views On an unseasonably cold Memorial Day weekend, Millie and Schuyler tied the knot at her family's church in Greenwood, the historic Emmanuel Episcopal Church.  These two, both musicians/teachers, were unfazed by the cool weather, and hosted the most whole-hearted and joyful celebration filled with dear friends and thoughtfully chosen music.  

After the church service, the group traveled to their family homestead overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains, and the party began in earnest – and what a party it turned out to be!  In addition to the food, fire pit, and lawn games to help their guests settle in, the dance party was absolutely epic and included choreography, glow sticks, sparklers, and two elegantly-dressed cardboard cats.  

This was a seriously fun group, and I was so pleased to join them for the day.  Millie and Schuyler, many thanks and best wishes!


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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!

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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!