Sallie + Stephen: Orange Wedding

June 28th, 2016

My favorite thing about shooting weddings is that no two weddings are alike. Even when shooting at the same location, each wedding reveals its own traditions and relationships. Each wedding has its own personality, and Sallie + Stephen’s Orange wedding, at the Chapel of Orange, is no exception! Throughout the day there were many elements […]


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My favorite thing about shooting weddings is that no two weddings are alike. Even when shooting at the same location, each wedding reveals its own traditions and relationships. Each wedding has its own personality, and Sallie + Stephen’s Orange wedding, at the Chapel of Orange, is no exception! Throughout the day there were many elements that made their wedding day unique and memorable!

The day started with Sallie getting ready with her bridesmaids at the Chapel of Orange’s bridal suite.

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Can you say radiant??? :)cmp_0261cmp_0258cmp_0263

I love these moments between mom and daughter :)

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Stephen was getting ready on the other side of the Chapel of Orange.

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The couple took a few minutes before the ceremony to pray without seeing each other.

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On to the ceremony! It was obvious a lot of planning went into Sallie + Stephen’s ceremony. Their family and loved ones were involved in bringing these two together as husband and wife.

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After the ceremony we had a few minutes to spend time with Sallie + Stephen getting a few photos around the Chapel. I love their sweetness and sense of fun they have in each other! :)

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Sallie + Stephen paid careful attention to the unifying details that brought their wedding day together.  Sallie took a huge hand in creating the vision of their day, working with vendors such as Etsy and Zazzle for their stationary, table numbers and dried flowers. Stephen is a nature lover and a hunter, and Sallie wanted to incorporate those themes into their wedding.  They decided upon a theme with elements of antlers and florals to signify their coming together.  All the wooden decor was made by her brother, Chris, including the centerpiece and cake stands, as well as branches holding their seating cards. And of course there was an element of fun! A mixtape of some of their favorite songs was provided to guests, and they also left notebooks at each table asking guests to write notes they could read on their upcoming anniversaries!cmp_0272 cmp_0271 cmp_0270 cmp_0256 cmp_0257cmp_0326cmp_0327 cmp_0293

Sallie + Stephen shared a sweet first dance together…

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Followed by a sweet dance with Sallie’s dad.cmp_0292

Of course it’s not a wedding without some toasts!cmp_0294 cmp_0295cmp_0329 cmp_0330 cmp_0298

Following the ceremony was a hula that Sallie performed! This was a surprise for Stephen and almost all of the wedding guests. The dance was incredibly moving and touching – I don’t think there was a single dry eye in the house afterwards!

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Time to cut that beautiful naked cake!

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Of course the reception was amazing!cmp_0313

The last song of the evening was, “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life,” that’s right, from the amazing Dirty Dancing soundtrack. The evening ended with Stephen sweeping up Sallie in a lift! The crowd went wild!

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Congratulations, Sallie + Stephen!

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Venue: Chapel of Orange

Hair and Makeup: Designed Elegance

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Liz + Derek: City of Orange Wedding

March 25th, 2016

Last weekend I shot another lovely wedding at the beautiful Chapel of Orange! Liz’s + Derek’s city of Orange wedding was full of fun…you’ll see! :) Liz was the most gorgeous bride – I loved her dress! Can you say SASSY? :) I love a big bridal party! I especially loved the long pink dresses […]


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Last weekend I shot another lovely wedding at the beautiful Chapel of Orange! Liz’s + Derek’s city of Orange wedding was full of fun…you’ll see! :)

Liz was the most gorgeous bride – I loved her dress!

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Can you say SASSY? :)city-of-orange-wedding

I love a big bridal party! I especially loved the long pink dresses – perfect for a spring wedding!
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Love this gorgeous bouquet by Oceanic Flowers!cmp_0197

While Liz was hanging with her girls, Derek was doing the same with his groomsmen.cmp_0191cmp_0190cmp_0192

Liz and Derek wrote their own vows, which were super sweet. They also incorporated Derek’s daughter into the vows, which was just lovely!chapel-of-orange-weddingcmp_0205cmp_0202cmp_0204

I caught just a few moments with Liz and Derek right after the ceremony – I love me a sweet kissing shot, but I think I love the laughing ones even more! They just show how fun and relaxed these two are together :)chapel-of-orange-weddingcmp_0207cmp_0208cmp_0209

Hey, when the bridal party wants to do a “wacky” shot, I’m game! :)cmp_0210cmp_0212cmp_0213

The official “STANK EYE” pose! Often copied but never duplicated!cmp_0214

I had just a few minutes with Liz and Derek prior to entering their reception and the light cooperated beautifully, not to mention they really turned it on! :)chapel-of-orange-weddingcmp_0216chapel-of-orange-weddingcmp_0219chapel-of-orange-bride-and-groomcmp_0222cmp_0220cmp_0221

The toasts to Liz and Derek were…well, let’s just say I’m not sure if in my entire wedding shooting career they will be topped! Derek’s best man essentially served up a roast of a toast that had the wedding guests in tears! And Liz’s toast…cmp_0226cmp_0228cmp_0227cmp_0229

…featured her bridesmaids singing NSYNC’s “Bye Bye Bye” with pictures of Liz’s face on sticks. It was HILARIOUS!cmp_0230cmp_0231cmp_0224cmp_0232cmp_0233cmp_0234 cmp_0235 cmp_0236 cmp_0237 cmp_0238

I love this look Derek is giving Liz here…watch out! ;)cmp_0239

I was pretty impressed with Derek’s stance going through these photos. I don’t know if he was a pitcher at some point in his life, but it sure looks like it! :)cmp_0240 cmp_0241 cmp_0242 cmp_0243cmp_0254 cmp_0244

Following the garter and bouquet tosses, Liz danced with her brother and father, and Derek danced with his sister.cmp_0245 cmp_0246 cmp_0247 cmp_0248 cmp_0249

Party time! The dance floor was packed through the end of the reception!cmp_0223cmp_0251

Congrats, Liz + Derek!cmp_0252

Venue: Chapel of Orange
Catering: No Leftovers Catering
Florals: Oceanic Flowers
Cake: Love Cakes

 

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Family Photos

January 3rd, 2016

In 2015, one of my goals was to actually start displaying more photos in our home. I am not all that unusual from a lot of photographers in that although I stress the importance of displaying photos, sometimes I don’t practice what I preach. Well, no more! I had the perfect space in our living […]


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In 2015, one of my goals was to actually start displaying more photos in our home. I am not all that unusual from a lot of photographers in that although I stress the importance of displaying photos, sometimes I don’t practice what I preach. Well, no more! I had the perfect space in our living room for photos, and in the fall of last year, I started hunting for suitable frames to put in a white bookcase. I also had an idea that I wanted these photos to be pictures of me and my husband from our childhoods, and it seemed natural to display these in black and white. I scanned all the photos in shortly before Christmas, and then had the task of removing scratches and dust from oh…twenty-ish years of sitting around.  Thank goodness for Photoshop! :) If there’s one thing I appreciate, though, it’s a printed photo. That’s something I fear a little in this digital age…if our computers go kaput, there goes our memories! But anyway, shortly before Christmas I had all the prints in, and now that our house is de-Christmased, the photos are finally on display!

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I know I am a liiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiitle bit biased, but how freaking cute was my husband as a kid?!?!cmp_0182 cmp_0183 cmp_0184 cmp_0185

I really love, not only the prints themselves, but the eclectic feel of the non-matching frames. I am a big fan of framed pictures! There are a lot of cool photo products like canvases, metal prints, wood prints, etc., but framing offers the most flexibility and the option to change out the images over time.

Hopefully this serves as a little inspiration to get some of your own memories on display in your own home! :)

 

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Kayleen + Micah: Coto de Caza Wedding

October 25th, 2015

I have loved this couple since we first met! Kayleen + Micah have one of the cutest getting-together stories I have ever encountered, and one that was in fact re-told during their wedding ceremony! Kayleen’s mom and Micah’s mom work together. Over the course of various conversations at work, they found out they had kids […]


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I have loved this couple since we first met! Kayleen + Micah have one of the cutest getting-together stories I have ever encountered, and one that was in fact re-told during their wedding ceremony! Kayleen’s mom and Micah’s mom work together. Over the course of various conversations at work, they found out they had kids of similar age, and had a great idea that perhaps their respective kids might hit it off. They somehow convinced Kayleen + Micah that this would be a great idea, and a date was set. Well, it turns out Kayleen was running a little late, but thank goodness Micah waited, because it was a perfect match! I was honored to shoot their Rancho Santa Margarita engagement session, and even more excited to shoot their Coto de Caza wedding!

They both started off in separate areas of Coto de Caza Golf & Racquet Club to get ready.

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Their first look was right on the grounds – my favorite part was how much time they spent checking each other out! ;) Right after the first look, we did some portraits with the two of them before the ceremony.

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They are simultaneously sweet to one another, while making each other laugh! I absolutely love their natural interaction! :)

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Their ceremony could not have been more beautiful! A lot of thought went into the elements they created and shared with their wedding day guests.

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Married! :)

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I love when a couple brings some of their personal interests from their lives into their wedding details. Micah is an archer, and they integrated that passion into helping their guests find their seats! They also have a few cats and included more than a few details in homage to their furry family members :)

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After the ceremony, we had access to the Coto de Caza grounds to get some more portraits of the newlyweds. The sun cooperated by coming out briefly to light the two of them right at the end of the session!

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I had so much fun taking pictures of these two! I could have followed them around all day, but we had a reception to get to! :)

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They had some pretty sweet moves…

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Followed by a very sweet father/daughter dance…

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And toasts by their loved ones…

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Everyone got to know Kayleen + Micah a little better during the reception! They had a slideshow as well as the “shoe game” to see how well they knew each other!

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Congratulations, Kayleen + Micah!

Wedding + Ceremony: Coto de Caza Golf & Racquet Club
Officiant: Beverly Edwards
DJ: Steve Burdick Events

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Snow + Aaron: Chapel of Orange Wedding

October 18th, 2015

Snow + Aaron had a beautiful October wedding which started off with a Chinese ceremony.  I arrived to a residential home, and Snow was getting ready for her wedding day along with her bridesmaids and family. The home was decorated with a variety of Chinese decorations to celebrate this portion of their day! Snow’s traditional wedding […]


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Snow + Aaron had a beautiful October wedding which started off with a Chinese ceremony.  I arrived to a residential home, and Snow was getting ready for her wedding day along with her bridesmaids and family. The home was decorated with a variety of Chinese decorations to celebrate this portion of their day!

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Snow’s traditional wedding dress came directly from China, and it was STUNNING!

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Snow was hidden away, as Aaron would need to make it through a series of tests before he would be deemed “worthy” to see her! ;)

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First Aaron and his groomsmen knocked on the door, and had to convince the bridesmaids and family that he could enter by offering many, many, MANY red envelopes! :)

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Then Aaron had to face a series of questions from those who knew Snow best – from her shoe size to what her name looks like in Chinese! Snow’s mom was trying to be helpful in showing him the name while Snow’s father held her back! In the end, Aaron figured it out on his own :)

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There was an orange-passing game…

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Followed by a show of strength…

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Then Aaron tasted and guessed foods blindfolded, to represent various stages of marriage.

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Finally Aaron was deemed worthy enough to see his bride!

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One last task! Aaron had to find Snow’s shoe in the room and put in on her foot. He succeeded, and off we went to their Chapel of Orange wedding!

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Snow’s mother helped her get dressed, in a beautiful gown she handmade for Snow, while Aaron got ready with his groomsmen in a separate area. I LOVE the intricate and delicate feel of Snow’s dress! So perfect for her!

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The Chapel of Orange is a gorgeous setting for a ceremony – so many touching moments took place as Aaron and Snow exchanged vows!

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After the ceremony, we headed to Orange Circle to get some super-quick bridal party and bride and groom portraits. This group rocked it out in a short period of time!

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And then back to the reception! Snow and Aaron’s friends and family had an amazing time dancing, toasting and celebrating with the happy couple!

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Congratulations, Snow + Aaron!

Ceremony and reception: Chapel of Orange
Florals: Oceanic Flowers
DJ: A-2-Z Party DJs

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Sneak Peek: Snow + Aaron

October 11th, 2015

I shot Snow + Aaron’s wedding yesterday at the lovely Chapel of Orange…can’t wait to share more of this gorgeous event soon!  


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I shot Snow + Aaron’s wedding yesterday at the lovely Chapel of Orange…can’t wait to share more of this gorgeous event soon!

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2015 Southern California Mini Sessions

September 20th, 2015

  This year I will be offering 3 mini session dates! Mini sessions are great opportunity to get a few nice photos without committing to a full portrait session. Mini sessions are $125 each and include 20 minutes of photography, a gallery of your session posted within two weeks of the shoot date, and your choice of […]


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This year I will be offering 3 mini session dates! Mini sessions are great opportunity to get a few nice photos without committing to a full portrait session. Mini sessions are $125 each and include 20 minutes of photography, a gallery of your session posted within two weeks of the shoot date, and your choice of 5 hi-res digital files. Additional files and the entire gallery are available for separate purchase. This year, I’ll be shooting on 3 dates in 3 locations:

  • Sunday, September 27th in the Long Beach area
  • Saturday, October 24th in the Laguna Niguel area SOLD OUT
  • Saturday, November 14th in the Temecula area

There will be 8 twenty-minute slots available on each day: 10:00, 10:25, 10:50, 11:15, 12:15, 12:40, 1:05, and 1:30. To book your session:

  • Email me with your top 3 preferred time slots (info@courtney-mcmanaway.com or via the contact form below). I will be booking on a first come, first served basis.
  • Payment is due at time of booking in order to hold your session time. Once I have confirmed your time, I will email you instructions on how to pay.
  • Sessions are non-refundable (except in the case of a downpour or other torrential weather!) , although you are welcome to sell your session to another family should you not be able to make your session time.
  • Get 3 additional images FREE in your session when you refer friends and family! That’s 3 additional images per referral :)

If you’d like to see more of my work, check out my Mini Sessions tag. Looking forward to capturing some fun memories this year of you and your loved ones! :)

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Chicago Mini Sessions

July 21st, 2015

In July, I had the opportunity to take pictures of some awesome families while I was in the Chicago area! I love shooting in new locations, and I love meeting new people too! All of these sessions took place in the Elmhurst area, and by complete coincidence, each family had one daughter that was 15 […]


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In July, I had the opportunity to take pictures of some awesome families while I was in the Chicago area! I love shooting in new locations, and I love meeting new people too! All of these sessions took place in the Elmhurst area, and by complete coincidence, each family had one daughter that was 15 months old! It was such a fun grouping of mini sessions – enjoy!

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