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I’m So Flash-y

July 20th, 2014

My husband often tells me I’m a marketer’s dream. I’m a total sucker for a fancy display and am apt to say, “Oh my god, I NEED that!” when we’re out and about for things I clearly don’t need. I love and appreciate nice packaging and I always buy Papyrus cards, even though they’re absurdly [...]


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My husband often tells me I’m a marketer’s dream. I’m a total sucker for a fancy display and am apt to say, “Oh my god, I NEED that!” when we’re out and about for things I clearly don’t need. I love and appreciate nice packaging and I always buy Papyrus cards, even though they’re absurdly expensive, because they’re the prettiest.

I sometimes have a love/hate relationship with this digital world when it comes to photography. On one hand, I love giving my clients digital files. Delivering them can be as easy as putting them in a Dropbox file and emailing the client. But at the same time, I feel that kind of takes the “wow” factor out of their wedding files. For many of my clients, this is most amount of money they will ever spend at one time on photography for themselves – and I feel the end product should reflect that sentiment.

I recently upgraded my final product delivery to include a Courtney McManaway Photography branded flash drive (!!!!) and a custom box with a wedding day image. I don’t want to say this packaging is fabulous…oh wait, I just did! Tina + Cory were the first clients to receive this new packaging and I just about squealed when I received it in the mail.  I hope my clients love it as much as I do! :)tc_woodblog

 

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Tina + Cory: Aliso Viejo Country Club Wedding

July 5th, 2014

I really do get lucky with my clients, and Tina + Cory are no exception! I knew they would be a fun couple when they showed up for their engagement session in running gear. Their Aliso Viejo Country Club wedding was such a fun-filled day with the absolutely gorgeous golf club as a backdrop.  The [...]


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I really do get lucky with my clients, and Tina + Cory are no exception! I knew they would be a fun couple when they showed up for their engagement session in running gear. Their Aliso Viejo Country Club wedding was such a fun-filled day with the absolutely gorgeous golf club as a backdrop.  The camera just loved these two – they were so naturally affectionate I barely had to say a word to them during their portraits! Their ceremony was officiated by a friend and was one of the most personal, and funny ceremonies, I’ve ever witnessed, either as a photographer or guest! They also entered their reception to “Turn Down To What,” which makes them extra awesome in my book ;) Many thanks to John Dinh for second shooting with me! Enjoy!

Wedding Coordinator: J Bird Events
Venue: Aliso Viejo Country Club
Floral Design: Designs By Tricia
Cake: Simply Sweet Cakery
DJ: Extreme DJ
Photobooth: Pink Shutter

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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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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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Katie + Michael: Green Gables Estate Wedding

June 14th, 2013

What an amazing time Katie + Michael’s Green Gables Estate wedding was! I had so much fun at their engagement session that I should have known their wedding would be just as fabulous :) These two were absolutely smitten with each other throughout the day – during our portrait time, I just had to tell [...]


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What an amazing time Katie + Michael’s Green Gables Estate wedding was! I had so much fun at their engagement session that I should have known their wedding would be just as fabulous :) These two were absolutely smitten with each other throughout the day – during our portrait time, I just had to tell them to look at each other and all the love came pouring out!  It was also wonderful to see them surrounded by family and friends as they committed themselves to one another.

Ceremony: St. Martha Catholic Church
Reception: Green Gables Estate
DJ: Music & More
Florals: Love & Blossoms

They both got ready at Michael’s parents’ house, just rooms apart from one another.

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We then headed off for the ceremony! This was Katie’s family church and the ceremony was very touching.

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Their reception was at Green Gables Estate in San Marcos. I’ve shot here before when it was Old Richland Schoolhouse, and the venue is wonderful! They’ve added some more features since I last shot here, and it was so fun to wander around the grounds with Katie + Michael.kmwed_29

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