Courtney McManaway Photography

Welcome to Courtney McManaway Photography! I am a lifestyle photographer, wife, bookworm, Sephora addict, sometime snowboarder, carb lover, and so much more!

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Dennis + Marissa: Long Beach Wedding

December 14th, 2013

I was honored to be part of Dennis + Marissa’s gorgeous Long Beach wedding! I was recommended to them by the wonderful Sara of At Your Door Events. These two had been waiting a long time to put on the wedding of their dreams, and it was completely worth the wait! They put a lot [...]


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I was honored to be part of Dennis + Marissa’s gorgeous Long Beach wedding! I was recommended to them by the wonderful Sara of At Your Door Events. These two had been waiting a long time to put on the wedding of their dreams, and it was completely worth the wait! They put a lot of thought into both the flow and the details of their day, and it was simply beautiful to see them together as husband and wife! Enjoy!

Wedding Planner: At Your Door Events
Ceremony: Wayfarers Chapel
Reception: The Grand
Florist: Romance Etc
Videography: Vnext Media
Hair and Makeup: Kelly Zhang
Cake: Rossmoor Pastries
Candy Display: Two’s A Party
Rentals: Glow Concepts
Stationary: Paper Crew
Photo Booth: Splendid Photo Booth
Entertainment: DJ Tempoe

 

Dennis + Marissa got ready in separate locations as they would be seeing each other for the first time as Marissa walked down the aisle!long-beach-wedding-dmwed_02dmwed_03dmwed_04dmwed_05dmwed_06dmwed_07

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Wayfarers Chapel is absolutely gorgeous!

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We had about 20 minutes of sunlight after the ceremony to get pictures of the two of them – they really rocked it!
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Sara and her team did an amazing job setting up the reception! The Grand looked amazing!
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They had a very touching first dance to Adele’s “Make You Feel My Love.”

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Congratulations, Dennis + Marissa!
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Claire + Michael: Wiens Family Cellars Wedding

November 8th, 2013

Prepare yourself for some gushing here! Claire is a friend of mine, and I was completely honored when she asked me to shoot her wedding.  There is always a little extra pressure when it comes to photography with family and friends – but also extra joy, you know what I mean? Claire + Michael’s engagement [...]


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Prepare yourself for some gushing here! Claire is a friend of mine, and I was completely honored when she asked me to shoot her wedding.  There is always a little extra pressure when it comes to photography with family and friends – but also extra joy, you know what I mean? Claire + Michael’s engagement session was so much fun, and their Wiens Family Cellars wedding was absolutely beautiful. I don’t think there was a person attending that wasn’t deeply touched by their love and devotion for one another. The entire day was such a perfect reflection of their two lives coming together, with the people who were most important to them. I also LOVED shooting at Wiens Family Cellars! There’s no shortage of wineries in Temecula, but their barrel reception room in particular is such a unique backdrop to a reception – not to mention Claire + Michael’s shared love of wine! Enjoy!

Ceremony + Reception: Wiens Family Cellars
Florist: RSVP Events
String Trio: Ocdamia Strings
Hair and Makeup: Charmed Beauty

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I loved the globe guest book – such a cool idea!

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As I mentioned before – how cool is this barrel room?

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Congratulations, Claire + Michael!

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Tina + Cory: Dana Point Engagement Session

November 2nd, 2013

There were a number of roadblocks on the day of Tina + Cory’s Dana Point engagement session. There was a huge accident on the 5, the weather was very cloudy in the morning, and of all things, one of the major streets where we planned to start our shoot was actually closed, which meant we [...]


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There were a number of roadblocks on the day of Tina + Cory’s Dana Point engagement session. There was a huge accident on the 5, the weather was very cloudy in the morning, and of all things, one of the major streets where we planned to start our shoot was actually closed, which meant we needed to make a change of plans! However, you wouldn’t know it from looking at these photos :) Tina + Cory had such a fun session – these two are so naturally affectionate I didn’t have to tell them a single thing to do! :) Despite all those obstacles, the shoot ended up perfect.

Because they are both very much into fitness, and that played a huge role in how they met, they started the shoot in their workout gear. Comfortable and cute? I’m in! :)

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Is Tina running to or away from the altar? I think she’s definitely running towards it :)
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Irvine Mini Shoots

October 20th, 2013

Last year I shot some mini shoots for the first time ever, and this year I picked them up again, just in time for the holidays!  It was so much fun! I really love these because I know this time of year, many people are looking for a way to get photos for their holiday [...]


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Last year I shot some mini shoots for the first time ever, and this year I picked them up again, just in time for the holidays!  It was so much fun! I really love these because I know this time of year, many people are looking for a way to get photos for their holiday cards, or at least one nice photo to commemorate their year together. I think the shorter time sessions are ideal for kids! Enjoy!
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Christine + Damon: Northville Maternity Session

October 6th, 2013

Christine is the very first one of my cousins to have a baby! I am very lucky to have grown up spending so much time with my cousins – there wasn’t a holiday that went by that I didn’t see Christine, and our annual family camping trips were a great deal of fun.  I don’t [...]


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Christine is the very first one of my cousins to have a baby! I am very lucky to have grown up spending so much time with my cousins – there wasn’t a holiday that went by that I didn’t see Christine, and our annual family camping trips were a great deal of fun.  I don’t have any sisters, but I definitely consider Christine like a sister :)

I was thrilled to take these photos for Christine + Damon last month. Their little girl is due in November, and she’s going to be an amazing kid, because all November babies are awesome! ;)

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Association of Bridal Consultants Coto De Caza Event

October 6th, 2013

I was very honored when Kerri Hatter of LVL Events asked me to photograph the Association of Bridal Consultants September meeting.  I really enjoy networking, and there is no better setting than Coto De Caza! We treat these networking events as mini-weddings, and there is a team of vendors involved to showcase the venue as well as [...]


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I was very honored when Kerri Hatter of LVL Events asked me to photograph the Association of Bridal Consultants September meeting.  I really enjoy networking, and there is no better setting than Coto De Caza! We treat these networking events as mini-weddings, and there is a team of vendors involved to showcase the venue as well as their expertise. Enjoy!

Venue: Coto de Caza Golf & Raquet Club
Rentals: Fusion Linens
DJ: Steve Burdick Events
Cakes: Nothing Bundt Cakes
Ice Sculpture: Carving Ice
Paper Goods: Paper Plane Paperie
Videography: The Emotion Picture Studio
Ceremony Florals: Flowers Etc.
Reception Florals: Designs By Tricia
Live Music: Chris Wooley
Speaker: Mike Agresti, LTSP CPA

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Alex + Juan: Rancho Cucamonga Wedding

October 5th, 2013

Alex + Juan had a beautiful Rancho Cucamonga wedding last month that I was honored to capture! Not only did they have a beautiful Catholic mass with involvement from their family, but they also had a fun and festive wedding reception that featured both a band AND a mariachi band! The whole day was a [...]


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Alex + Juan had a beautiful Rancho Cucamonga wedding last month that I was honored to capture! Not only did they have a beautiful Catholic mass with involvement from their family, but they also had a fun and festive wedding reception that featured both a band AND a mariachi band! The whole day was a testament to how much these two are loved. Enjoy!

Ceremony: Sacred Heart Catholic Church
Reception: Goldy S. Lewis Community Center
Mariachi: Mariachi Aguascalientes
Band: Sonora Tropical
DJ: DJ Professional
Cake: Sugarbelle Cake Shoppe

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Stacy + Kevin: Arroyo Trabuco Wedding

September 26th, 2013

Oh man, I really could not love this couple any more! Meeting with prospective clients is always a little nerve-wracking, for all parties! I just felt like I instantly clicked with these two, who were actually referrals from Cindy + Keith. Their engagement session was a blast, and I was very excited for their Arroyo [...]


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Oh man, I really could not love this couple any more! Meeting with prospective clients is always a little nerve-wracking, for all parties! I just felt like I instantly clicked with these two, who were actually referrals from Cindy + Keith. Their engagement session was a blast, and I was very excited for their Arroyo Trabuco wedding! My favorite thing about their wedding day was both how laid-back and happy they were. These two are one of those couples I barely have to tell what to do during portraits – they just look and interact with each other with such love!

Venue: Arroyo Trabuco Country Club
Florist: Designs by Marina
Photobooth: Honored Occasions
DJ: KSDJ
Lighting: De-Lighted!
Cupcakes: Kupcakespot

Stacy’s gorgeous dress!

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How FANTASTIC are her shoes! I just loved how colorful these were!

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I just HAD to include this shot :) My amazing second shooter, John Dinh, took it while I was with the ladies, so I didn’t even know it existed until I downloaded my cards. It made perfect sense, because all the guys walked into the ceremony to the Star Wars’ “Imperial March.” Ha ha!

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I had just a few minutes with Stacy + Kevin after their formals – the light was beautiful!skimg_27skimg_17skimg_18skimg_19

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