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Wedding Wire 2015 Couples’ Choice Award

January 8th, 2015

I’m thrilled to announce Courtney McManaway Photography has won the Wedding Wire Couples’ Choice award! This award is based on client reviews. While I love seeing my work published, nothing makes me happier than happy brides and grooms! Thank you to all my 2014 wedding clients and looking forward to 2015!


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I’m thrilled to announce Courtney McManaway Photography has won the Wedding Wire Couples’ Choice award! This award is based on client reviews. While I love seeing my work published, nothing makes me happier than happy brides and grooms! Thank you to all my 2014 wedding clients and looking forward to 2015!

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Published: Claire + Michael’s Wiens Family Cellars Wedding

November 11th, 2014

I am so honored to announce that Storyboard Wedding recently published Claire + Michael’s gorgeous vineyard wedding at Wiens Family Cellars. This wedding was so much fun and it was great to see it featured so close to their one year anniversary. Thank you for the post, Storyboard Wedding! You can see their feature here.   [...]


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I am so honored to announce that Storyboard Wedding recently published Claire + Michael’s gorgeous vineyard wedding at Wiens Family Cellars. This wedding was so much fun and it was great to see it featured so close to their one year anniversary. Thank you for the post, Storyboard Wedding! You can see their feature here.

 

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Featured on Borrowed + Blue

October 14th, 2014

I am excited to say Tina + Cory’s gorgeous wedding at the Aliso Viejo Country Club has been featured on Borrowed and Blue! Many thanks to the team of vendors which helped to make this such a fun, beautiful event, including  J Bird Events, Designs by Tricia, Simply Sweet Cakery, Pink Shutter Photo Booths, and [...]


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I am excited to say Tina + Cory’s gorgeous wedding at the Aliso Viejo Country Club has been featured on Borrowed and Blue! Many thanks to the team of vendors which helped to make this such a fun, beautiful event, including  J Bird Events, Designs by Tricia, Simply Sweet Cakery, Pink Shutter Photo Booths, and Extreme DJ. Check out the feature here!

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Elyse Reuben Custom Couture Gowns

October 3rd, 2014

I was recently honored to be asked to take images for wedding gown designer Elyse Reuben.  As a wedding photographer, this shoot was an absolute dream come true!  Taking pictures of pretty dresses all day? Yes, please!  It was wonderful working with the models throughout the day and seeing so many beautiful gowns. If you’re [...]


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I was recently honored to be asked to take images for wedding gown designer Elyse Reuben.  As a wedding photographer, this shoot was an absolute dream come true!  Taking pictures of pretty dresses all day? Yes, please!  It was wonderful working with the models throughout the day and seeing so many beautiful gowns. If you’re in the Temecula area, I’d highly recommend going to see her at Temecula Town Center!

Many thanks as well to Sandra Michelle Artistry, Beauty Duo, and Ohhh La La, who were hard at work keeping the ladies looking fantastic in hair and makeup.

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Valerie + Matt: Europa Village Wedding

August 26th, 2014

One of my great joys as a wedding photographer is shooting an intimate wedding.  Valerie + Matt’s Europa Village wedding was one such wedding, where those who were important to the couple were intimately involved in the day.  There was a sense of ease about their wedding, a word you rarely associate with a wedding! [...]


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One of my great joys as a wedding photographer is shooting an intimate wedding.  Valerie + Matt’s Europa Village wedding was one such wedding, where those who were important to the couple were intimately involved in the day.  There was a sense of ease about their wedding, a word you rarely associate with a wedding! Much of the time after Valerie + Matt’s first look was spent with their family and friends, enjoying their company. Their ceremony involved close family and friends and an especially touching section where they presented Matt’s daughter, and now Valerie’s stepdaughter, with a necklace and Valerie promised to be a wonderful mother to her. There was not a dry eye in the house! This was followed by a gorgeous outdoor reception that had the same intimate feeling. Instead of a series of reception events, Valerie + Matt’s theme seemed to be “fun,” complete with Tenzi dice on all of the tables and lawn games for the guests. Thank you for trusting your memories to me, Valerie + Matt! Enjoy!

Wedding Venue: Europa Village
Hair and Makeup: I Do Makeovers
Florist/Bakery: MFG Floral
DJ: Sterling Productions

 

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Erin + Ranil: Woodland Hills Country Club Wedding

August 8th, 2014

One of the first questions I ask couples considering me as their wedding photographer is the engagement story. Each couples’ story is so different, and in Erin + Ranil’s case, Ranil went BIG! Their engagement involved a surprise limo, what Erin thought was going out with her mom for manicures, then the proposal and a [...]


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One of the first questions I ask couples considering me as their wedding photographer is the engagement story. Each couples’ story is so different, and in Erin + Ranil’s case, Ranil went BIG! Their engagement involved a surprise limo, what Erin thought was going out with her mom for manicures, then the proposal and a big party with family and friends at the end. It was so sweet and well-thought-out, and it was no surprise to me that their wedding followed the same vein! There’s always excitement from the bride and groom on the wedding day, and I saw that excitement clearly echoed on both sides of the family, that they were finally coming together. They had a touching ceremony and their Woodland Hills Country Club wedding was the perfect balance of shared moments with friends and family to everyone, and I mean EVERYONE, out on the dance floor! I was also honored to witness the lighting of a traditional Sri Lankan oil lamp, symbolizing both sides of the family coming together.

Many thanks to Michael D’Avello for second shooting with me, and to Sara of At Your Door Events for introducing me to Erin + Ranil! Enjoy!

Wedding Planner: At Your Door Events
Wedding Ceremony: St. Bernardine of Siena
Reception Venue: Woodland Hills Country Club
Florist: Romance Etc.
Hair and Makeup: Passion For Makeup
Linens: Linen Lenders
DJ: Special Occasions
Transportation: Upperclass Limousine
Videography: Viken Productions
Cake Designer: Portos Bakery

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Cliff Mautner’s Lighting and Skillset Workshop

July 29th, 2014

Last fall was an incredibly crazy time for me. My husband and I purchased our first home, and moved into the house in September after a 6 month build process. I was having my busiest wedding season since I started shooting weddings – and usually in the fall things slow down! Earlier in the year [...]


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Last fall was an incredibly crazy time for me. My husband and I purchased our first home, and moved into the house in September after a 6 month build process. I was having my busiest wedding season since I started shooting weddings – and usually in the fall things slow down! Earlier in the year I had committed to a workshop, and as the date in October approached, I wondered if I had made a mistake.  I was feeling overwhelmed, and I was also wondering if I was truly ready.

Back in 2008 when I started shooting weddings, I happened upon a forum of wedding photographers. One of the first questions I asked was what workshops were the best bang for the buck. As I’ve come to learn over the years, this industry is LOUSY with workshops, and some of them are not as good as others. I knew I wanted to learn from someone whose work I respected, someone that continued to be a working wedding photographer, and that criteria led me to Cliff Mautner’s Lighting and Skillset Bootcamp.

It’s hard to boil down the experience into words, but this workshop was absolutely the best investment I could make in my education.  I was pretty nervous going into the workshop. Intimidated, actually. I really admire Cliff’s work and feel like there’s a gap the size of Grand Canyon between his and mine, and I was starting to think maybe I was missing some innate vision that this workshop wouldn’t be able to teach me. Happily, I was very wrong. I learned SO MUCH about seeing moments, about seeing light, about using the right tools for the setting. About helping my work to stand out. I can already see a difference in how I approach my work since last year.

The second surprise was Cliff himself. Now, I’ve never been to a multi-day workshop, so I don’t have any other comparison, but I highly doubt there is a photographer that works harder at giving value to his students. There was not a single second of downtime during the workshop. We had breakfast and lunch at his studio, and those were all working meals. Cliff would stand up at the front of the bus on the way to shoot models on location, hold on to a hand rail, and answer questions from the front of the bus. We all had dinner as a group, and of course the discussion revolved around photography then, as well. Our mornings were typically dedicated to technique discussion, and in the afternoon we’d go outside to practice what we’d learned. We covered everything from differences in lens selection and output, to reception lighting, to making your clients look great outdoors, no matter the time of day. Cliff also shared information with us on the business end, including meeting with clients, how he runs his studio, and how he processes and delivers images and albums to his clients. That was really important information. I feel so many photographers focus on the “art” because it’s more fun, and it’s what we love to do. One of the first things Cliff said to us was, “Don’t turn off your phones. I know you are all running a business, and if someone calls you, then you should take that call.”

As I said, going into the workshop I felt like I wasn’t ready, that I might be wasting my money. Leaving the workshop, I was SO GLAD I made the decision to invest in my skills. The investment level for this workshop was more expensive than any other course I was considering, and it was 100% worth it. I really can’t more highly recommend it if you are looking to take your skills and business to the next level! I also met a great group of people. We started a Facebook group after the workshop and it’s been awesome having a group of photographers to connect with, bounce ideas off of each other, and see how we’ve all progressed since the workshop. It might even be worth it for Cliff to set up an advanced workshop (hint, Cliff! ;) for photographers who have taken his bootcamp!

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Erin + Ranil

July 27th, 2014

Sneak peek of Erin + Ranil’s gorgeous Woodland Hills Country Club wedding. Can’t wait to share more of these soon!  


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Sneak peek of Erin + Ranil’s gorgeous Woodland Hills Country Club wedding. Can’t wait to share more of these soon!

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