"If I could give Courtney a million stars, I would in a heartbeat. Courtney was the first and only photographer we consulted with. My mom had been a second shooter of hers and highly recommended her. I am so glad that my husband and I went with our gut and looked no further than Courtney. Even though we booked her over a year in advance, she was always diligent about communicating with me frequently. Whenever I had questions or concerns, she responded right away.
As our wedding day approached, Courtney and I were in constant communication about timelines, family formals and our first look. Going into the day, I knew Courtney would handle everything. I trusted that she would do a fabulous job capturing our special day, and I was not disappointed.
I received the link to the gallery of my photos a little over two weeks after my wedding. (Which is an incredible turn around!) I love each and every picture in this gallery. Courtney and her second shooter, Mike, did an absolutely amazing job. Their pictures truly transported me back to my magical wedding day.
I cannot say enough positive things about how wonderful working with Courtney was. She was worth every penny." - Monique + Jeremy, Mountain Meadows Golf Club Wedding
"Courtney is the ultimate professional with an amazing eye for the photos that will truly tell the story of your wedding. Near strangers have teared up looking at our photos because she captured such amazing emotion from myself, my husband and our families and friends. This is obviously due to her photography skill and great use of natural light, but also has so much to do with how well she interacts with/connects with/manages people. My husband had had virtually no professional photos taken of him before our e-pics, and Courtney did such a great job making him feel comfortable and getting him to be affectionate and simply "normal" with me. She also was a total wizard at editing for those photos, since it was during that 100-degree heat wave, I know my clothes were soaked with sweat, and you would never know it to look at the final photos. But where Courtney really shone is at our wedding. From the second she and her wonderful assistant, John, stepped into our getting ready rooms, she made sure she got all of the photos she wanted and that we wanted (thanks to the super-detailed questionnaire we filled out before the big day), and she got the photos in a way that was both efficient and unobtrusive. I loved looking at all of the detail shots later, and the family portraits were as smooth as a dream, but my favorites are the photos she took of myself and my groom for our first look before the ceremony. I'm tearing up now as I think about how she gave us just enough direction to get us in the right places then just let us be us, and we totally forgot about the cameras. But the photos of that raw emotion and the absolutely stunning light she captured are phenomenal. Photography as strong as Courtney's typically comes with a much higher price tag and not nearly as much flexibility. We have been so happy with all of the pictures we have seen, and getting our album a few days ago sealed our belief that she is just amazing. I recommend her without a second of hesitation, and believe any couple would be lucky to have her capture their day." -Claire + Michael, Wiens Cellars Wedding
"Wow! Courtney is AMAZING! I cannot believe that someone I just met was able to capture our day so beautifully. We got married right before sundown and Courtney captured the lighting perfectly. She sweetly pulled us outside quietly so that she could capture some beautiful night photos. Every time I look at the photos I relive the day all over again. You cannot proceed with your wedding without photos from Courtney. If you want a memorable captures and beautiful photos, she is the one you have to hire!" -Kenya + Wasani, Eagle Glen Golf Club Wedding
"I recommend Courtney 10/10! She has been more than accommodating of our requests and delivered us such great quality of photography!" - Jesika + Geoff, Chapel of Orange Wedding
"When my photographer canceled on me last minute I panicked and started contacting different photographers and searching everywhere. I came across Wedding Wire and I put in my information. The next day I had an email from Courtney we exchanged a couple emails she was very informative and always answered my emails promptly. She sent me examples of her work which I liked and we set up a meeting she was early and prepared. She showed me albums that she had made from previous weddings and they were exceptional. From the moment we met I knew was the perfect fit and after seeing her work I knew I had found my photographer. I look around some more just in case but I didn't find anyone with her professionalism and friendliness. I'm excited to say I made the right decision. From beginning to end Courtney made us feel comfortable, her and her partner were extremely attentive to detail. She did a great job guiding us through the photos with ease and and meeting our time line. She also found the best time to sneak us away to take the perfect pictures with the most amazing sun set! We had so much fun with her and a great experience. I would definitely recommend her and look forward to working with her again. " - Jacquie + Sean, Menifee Lakes Country Club Wedding
"Courtney was amazing from the day we met with her. When we first met, she was both professional and friendly. She impressed us by coming prepared with her portfolio of previous photo shoots and answered all of our questions. We decided to book our engagement and wedding photos with her because we felt she would be a perfect fit. During the engagement photo shoot, she made us feel comfortable and at ease, and guided us through the photos. The day of the wedding, she was attentive to every detail throughout the day. Between Courtney and her assistant, they were able to take photos of the venue, the bride and her bridesmaids getting ready, the groom and groomsmen getting ready, the ceremony, and the celebrations. During the family formal pictures she did an excellent job of keeping everyone organized to allow for it all to flow smoothly and quickly. Her use of the natural lighting and environment around us provided us with many amazing pictures to look back on from our wedding day. Overall, we were very pleased with how the day and the photos turned out. We highly recommend her!" -Sinead + Aaron, Forever & Always Farm Wedding
"Courtney was the preferred photographer by our venue, and we couldn't have picked a better one ourselves! She was very professional, patient, easy to work with it and responsive when we had questions or concerns. She was very personable and really cared about her clients. Her 2nd shooter was equally pleasant to work with! Our pictures came out great and we are very pleased with the results. Honestly, one of my regrets is that we didn't take more pictures with her!!!
I look forward to booking Courtney for future photo sessions and would definitely recommend her to others." -Anelyn + William, Chapel of Orange Wedding
"After all the preparations, your wedding day comes and is gone in a flash. Photos are one of the most important parts of a wedding because they help you remember the day! We were lucky to have Courtney McManaway photograph both our engagement photos and wedding. Her journalistic style perfectly captured our special moments and she also took excellent candids of our guests. Looking at her photographs transports us right back to that amazing day! Additionally, she was calm and professional, even when dealing with crying children or traffic between venues. We are so impressed that she and her assistant were able to capture special moments in the ceremony and reception without obstructing our guests' view or getting in the way. She is punctual, professional, and extremely passionate about her work. We will definitely seek Courtney McManaway Photography for all our special photographic needs." -Kylie + Daniel, Aliso Viejo Country Club Wedding
"Courtney was so amazing!! She captured our wedding better than we could've imagined. From the initial meeting she was so extremely friendly. She is also very thoughtful in all the extra things she does that just made us feel so special and like she cared. She is amazing when it comes to deadlines. We got our photos and photo album so quick. She is also so good at responding to emails and answering the million questions and concerns I had. The day of the wedding she was also very easy to work with. I would highly recommend Courtney!" -Eloisa +Victor, Serendipity Gardens Wedding