Happy Finch Photography: Blog https://www.happyfinchphotography.com/blog en-us (C) Happy Finch Photography melinda@happyfinchphotography.com (Happy Finch Photography) Mon, 27 Sep 2021 19:25:00 GMT Mon, 27 Sep 2021 19:25:00 GMT https://www.happyfinchphotography.com/img/s/v-12/u885509217-o177520371-50.jpg Happy Finch Photography: Blog https://www.happyfinchphotography.com/blog 80 120 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!


Happy Finch Photography | Wolftrap Farm | Gregory Britt Floral Design | Mouth Wide Open Eats | Star Hill Brewery | Paradocx Vineyard | Dressler Estate | Ark & King Videography  | Julie Trump Celebrant

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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!  


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Heidi's First Birthday! {Personal} https://www.happyfinchphotography.com/blog/2020/2/heidis-first-birthday-personal Our little sunbeam is turning 1 today!  She has been the most perfect addition to our family – we could not have asked for a sweeter, sunnier soul.  Her smiles and playfulness have added incredible joy to our lives for the last year, and watching her personality blossom has been a delight. 

As she starts her second circuit around the sun, I can see Heidi beginning to make the switch from infancy to toddlerhood.  I think this collection of photos actually shows it well.  Her expressions are curious and thoughtful, observing her surroundings and realizing how much there is to explore in this big world.  (Except for a couple Mommy snuggle breaks, I could hardly keep her attention while snapping these photos.  Crunchy grass is SO interesting!)  Last spring and summer, she was too little to engage with the world beyond the safety of my arms.  Now, with a new spring around the corner, I can't wait to watch her start exploring!  Happy first birthday, dear Heidi!  We love you!


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All-Out Emerald and Ivory Barn Gala with Vintage Details https://www.happyfinchphotography.com/blog/2020/2/emerald-ivory-barn-gala-with-vintage-details There is so much to say about this epic wedding!  I first met Alex and Patrick for their spring engagement session and immediately connected with their fun energy and amazing chemistry with each other!  Their beautiful September wedding in the stunning new barn at Rosemont Springs featured so many wonderful sentimental details, each carefully chosen by the bride and groom.  Alex's vintage earrings were her grandmother's, and she wore her sister's lace veil.  Her bouquet included a South African protea in memory of a beloved grandmother, and the bracelet she wore was a gift from Patrick's mom, made with diamonds saved for Patrick's future bride.  Patrick's amazing suit was totally custom, with beautiful stitching and monogrammed cuffs, and his dapper green shoelaces were the perfect touch!

This outgoing couple chose to invite their whole "village", wanting to honor everyone who had supported them from childhood onward!  What a big, festive group!  There were so many poignant moments throughout the day, including Alex's tear-jerking walk down the aisle.  And as if the romance and joy weren't already overflowing, they even got a double rainbow during their cocktail hour!

We finished the day with an all-out dance party, including lively lip-syncing on the dance floor by the newlyweds!  At the end of the night, Patrick and Alex savored a final, romantic dance together under the barn's glittering chandeliers and then exited to a magical sparkler sendoff!  

Scroll down – this is a big collection, and you will not want to miss a single image!  Special thanks to our amazing group of vendors, including Love & Grace Photography who helped me capture all of it!

A+P, you're a perfect match, and we wish you a wonderful life together full of the joie de vivre you shared on your best day ever!  Cheers!



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Vibrant Summer Celebration in Berryville, VA https://www.happyfinchphotography.com/blog/2020/1/summer-soiree-in-berryville-va Theresa and James and their bridal party were having SO MUCH FUN!  The vibrant purple and gold palette chosen by this couple for their wedding was a perfect match for their vibrant personalities!  Don't they both have the most wonderful smiles?? 

Our day together was full of beautiful summer sunshine, sunflowers, and many happy moments.  Rosemont Manor was a gorgeous backdrop for their ceremony, and the Rosemont Carriage House was the perfect venue for their energetic dance party, which began with a Star Wars-inspired grand entrance!  Enjoy these feature images from their special day, and let their infectious happiness give you all the warm fuzzies!  Congratulations, Theresa and James!!


Rosemont Manor | Celebrations Catering | Sponsellors Flowers | Lauren Getz Makeup | Sweet Elephant Bake Shop | Rick Rohn DJ | Mattie's Soft Serve | The Lifters Transportation | Maggie Sotero | Azazie | Men's Warehouse 

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Luke is 4! {Personal} https://www.happyfinchphotography.com/blog/2020/1/luke-is-4-personal A few weeks ago, our impish and adorable son Luke celebrated his 4th birthday!  We captured these photos in our woods while the last leaves were still on the trees.  Though he is still little, his presence in our home is huge, and we love his humor, curiosity, creativity, and BIG hugs!  His infectious smile is sure to brighten your day, just like it does ours.  Happy 4th birthday, Luke!


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Elegant Burgundy & Blush Summer Wedding at Rosemont Manor https://www.happyfinchphotography.com/blog/2020/1/elegant-burgundy-blush-summer-wedding-at-rosemont-manor Marrah & Jeff celebrated their beautiful June wedding at Rosemont Manor in Berryville, Virginia.  I was totally obsessed with their lush floral arrangements, including a lavish floral arch and beautiful contemporary hoop bouquets for the bridesmaids.  The rich shades of crimson and peach perfectly popped in front of the fresh greens and whites of the manor and grounds.  It was such a fun day made perfect by an excellent vendor team, listed below. It was a joy to capture so many sweet action shots and family moments, in addition to Jeff and Marrah's lovely couple portraits right after the ceremony, with Marrah rocking her stunning cathedral-length train and veil!  Marrah and Jeff, thanks again for inviting me to join you on your special day!  Wishing you two lovebirds a lifetime of joy together!


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Happy New Year! https://www.happyfinchphotography.com/blog/2019/12/happy-new-year I'm so thankful to be wrapping up my 7th year of Happy Finch Photography!! Thanks to all of you who've made 2019 such a joy! Looking forward to what 2020 holds and excited about all the beautiful couples and families I will get to meet. <3 Thank you, thank you, thank you!


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Intimate Navy & Ivory Winter Wedding In Berryville, VA https://www.happyfinchphotography.com/blog/2019/7/intimate-navy-ivory-winter-wedding-in-berryville-va Jackie & Justin celebrated their delightful December wedding at Rosemont Manor in Berryville, Virginia!  Although the weather was wet and chilly, Jackie and Justin were so lively and created such a wonderful mood of warmth and light.  You'll see it in their bride+groom portraits: they are just so cozy together!  I loved spending time with these two and their families, who were all so kind and welcomed me into their celebration.  After a sweet ceremony, they hosted a beautiful reception-turned-dance party, complete with some truly impressive moves on the dance floor and surprise live music by the bride's family!  

Enjoy these highlights from their photo collection!  Jackie and Justin, thank you for being yourselves and sharing your beautiful day and special love with me.  Wishing you a lifetime of joy!