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  • Joy Marie Smallwood is a celebrity & destination wedding photographer who splits her time between Los Angeles, California and Nashville, Tennessee. Turning life’s moments into works of art is second nature to Joy Marie. Whether it’s a bashful glance or a passionate embrace, a time of reverence or a heartfelt celebration, Joy Marie captures the beauty that is inherent in everything she photographs. Working with only twenty clients each year, Joy Marie maintains a boutique approach to her work, allowing her to build trusted, collaborative relationships with her clients. With a natural ability to blend fine art, photojournalism and fashion, Joy Marie is a distinct, award-winning photographer whose work has been published in People, US Weekly, Hello!, and several other bridal & lifestyle publications worldwide. When not shooting, Joy Marie enjoys traveling & spending time with her husband, David, and their three sons Elon, Jaden & Micah.

claude + peter | turks & caicos wedding sneak peek by joy marie | parrot cay resort wedding

Claude & Peter’s destination wedding at the Parrot Cay Resort in Turks & Caicos was amazing! This international couple had guests in from all over the world for a few days of pleasure in paradise, and one fabulous wedding. I should also mention that the actual wedding was held at Donna Karan’s private estate on the island, which was breathtakingly gorgeous!! Here’s a little sneak peek…can’t wait to share more soon…xo

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tanya + arvin | greystone mansion engagement by joy marie

I had such an amazing time with Tanya & Arvin shooting their Beverly Hills engagement session at the historic Greystone Mansion. These two are awesome. Can’t wait for their summer wedding next month at the gorgeous Bacara Resort in Santa Barbara!

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jamie + sam | omni hotel nashville wedding by joy marie | nashville wedding photographer

This was such a special wedding for me. Three years ago, I photographed Jamie’s sister’s wedding. I just adore this wonderful family!!  They have been through so much together, and I love how close they are…I’m pretty sure I cried during their dad’s speech at both weddings:)Jamie & Sam got married at the Omni hotel in downtown Nashville. It was such a beautiful day, and we were able to explore downtown nashville and the Parthenon before their ceremony. Here’s some highlights of their wedding day, as well as a few of Jamie’s bridal images from Cheekwood Country Club. Congratulations, Jamie & Sam! Thank you for letting me a part of this very special day! I feel like part of the family:)xox 

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mari + nathan part 1 | hawksview estate wedding | destination wedding photographer

Mari and Nathan got married at the private Hawskview Estate in St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands. They were surrounded by just 30 of their closest friends and family with the backdrop of the Caribbean as they spoke their vows, but this wasn’t just your typical storybook destination wedding.  The gravity of getting to this day and capturing the ultimate story of unconditional love was beyond incredible and overwhelming. Mari is my beautiful cousin and  just prior to their wedding in St. John, Mari had undergone her 4th brain surgery in her battle against brain cancer. Just after her surgery, Mari had to learn to walk again, and with Nathan by her side every step, these two overcame incredible odds to get to this wedding day just one month later. Early on, Nathan had said that he felt like he was put on this earth to take care of Mari. I can’t even type that without crying because that is exactly what he has done. Today…two surgeries already since their wedding, he sleeps by her side in ICU. I know I speak for our family and all of those who love Mari when I say that I am incredibly grateful for Nathan and I really do believe he is an angel. The selfless love and care that he has given Mari is beyond anything I have ever witnessed. As he repeated the vows from my Mom (the officiant) we all balled our eyes out, “Do you Nathan choose Mari to be your partner in life, to support and respect her in her successes as well as her failures? To care for her in sickness and in health? To nurture her and to grow with her throughout the seasons of your life together?”  Enough said.

Mari…I love you so much my strong and beautiful cousin and Nathan, thank you for answering the call. xo

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lauren + jonathan | new york city engagement shoot by joy marie | new york city photographer

Last week I went to New York City to meet up with Lauren & Jonathan for such a fun engagement session. Shooting in NYC is always inspiring and spending the day exploring it with these two was amazing! I’m really looking forward to their East Coast Estate wedding next month! xox

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