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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.

There’s something really romantic and enchanting about The Ojai Valley Inn. Every time I am there I am in awe  of it’s rustic, natural beauty in the mountains with breathtaking views.  It was the perfect backdrop for Leyla and Sean’s beautiful wedding. These two are beautiful, so laid back and incredibly artistic. Their day was so incredibly unique and completely reflective of this beautiful couple’s artistic style and nature. Jill La Fleur completely transformed the barn and it’s rustic elements with beautiful arrangements and  added some modern elements to fit Leyla’s vision.  From the smallest lavender floral on the butter dish to the succulent wall installation over the seating card table, the details were gorgeous.  Also…I LOVED  her Vera Wang dress, it was so feminine and delicate but with that raw edge!

Here are a few of my favorite’s from this amazing day…

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this one pretty much sums up how incredible this day was…

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Thank you to all the wonderful vendors that made this beautiful event possible.

Venue – Ojai Valley Inn

Coordinator – Jill La Fleur

Florals – Holly Flora

Make Up – The Studio Agency

Dress – Vera Wang

Shoes – Christian Louboutin

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I am so excited to share  Kelsey & Andy’s beautiful wedding at the Terranea Oceanfront Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. This was a day all about celebrating big with family and friends.  With over 400 guests and some of the best entertainment I’ve ever experienced at a wedding…it was one HUGE party! It was exactly as Kelsey and Andy wanted it.  Exactly how they had both dreamed (yes, even Andy had a vision for the day.) With stunning flowers, pink, blush and gold accents and a beautiful ballroom, I had so much fun capturing this day and all of these incredible people.

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I loved this wedding party and the flower girls and ring bearer…so adorable!  I just love shooting during the “getting ready” time!

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Congrats to Kelsey & Andy…I just adore you two!!!  xox0

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Here’s a look at some of the vendors that made this incredible wedding possible!  Big thanks to:

Ceremony Location: Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church. Wedding Planner: Perfectly Planned Parties and Events. Reception Venue: Terranea Oceanfront Resort. Dress: Inbol Dror.  Bridesmaids:  Adrianna Pepell.  Shoes: Christian Louboutin. Hair Stylist: Prive Beauty Group.  Makeup: Beauty By Melina (Melina Ruiz).  Flowers: Hidden Garden Flowers. Catering: Terranea.  Cake: Vanilla Bake Shop. Band: The Company Men, Haut Chili’s and Steel Drum Band. Videographer: Inpressive Creations.  Invitations/Paper Styling: A. Nantucket Press.  Event Rentals:  Mirrored Tables/ Luna Party Rentals.

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I had the complete and total honor of shooting Tanya and Arvin’s wedding at Bacara Resort in Santa Barbara, California. With dramatic cliffs, beautiful ocean views complete with haze and fog that made the day dreamy, this ceremony was truly gorgeous. The bride and groom are so drop dead gorgeous, you might wonder if we just pulled some models in off the street.  But they’re real, their love is real, and they are just as beautiful inside as they are out!  I had an instant connection with these two and all day could really feel  how much they love each other!  Here’s a little peek into their magical day…

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Onto all the beautiful wedding details, the prep, they had the dream team of vendors (see below) that made their vision for this day a beautiful reality!  Tanya wanted simplicity with a touch of grandness, and got just that! She chose creams, whites, and greenery for florals. At the reception, the two wooden long tables running on each side of the dance floor were covered by a lace runner and had a line of gorgeous, tall, crystal candelabras that gave the room so much romance and grandness.  The cake was inspired by her Vera Wang dress which like the dress was spectacular! We loved the champagne glasses as escort cards and all the other fun little details.

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A big thanks to an incredible team of vendors, only a few of which are listed here:  Venue:  Bacara Resort and Spa, California.  Dress: Vera Wang. Shoes: Gucci. Hair: Minoo Bahri. Makeup: Jorge Monro.y Cake Designer: Rafi’s Pastry. Videographer: White Rose Productions. Invitations and Paper Styling: Creative Works Designs

A huge thank you to: Sofreh Design by: Pretty Please Design.

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To say that I feel  incredibly honored to be able to travel the world to  photograph weddings is such an understatement.  It is so inspiring to be surrounded by such beautiful diverse backdrops and different cultures…it’s what really gets me excited and passionate about wedding photography.  I had the incredible opportunity to travel to Bali, Indonesia (yes…BALI!)  to capture the spectacular details and pure love of Maiko + Arthur. It was a wedding so rich in culture, so thick in family tradition, and so many beautiful details. This spectacular two day event was filled with personal and unique touches.  This was actually Maiko and Arthur’s second wedding celebration. You might remember their first wedding for their American friends and family at Kunde Winery in Sonoma, CA! I just adore these two and loved being a part of both of their beyond spectacular weddings. Maiko’s family lives in Indonesia and actually own this beautiful property, The Ayana Resort and Spa. If you happen to be looking for a destination wedding location, there is something truly magical about this property and this enchanting island Bali…one of my top all time favorite places in the world!

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A two day event, the first night was at the Rock Bar….a restaurant literally carved into a rock…what a stunning view! There’s just nothing like it. The reception itself took place at the AYANA Resort and Spa. It holds a special place to Maiko because she was involved in the rebranding of the hotel (from the Ritz Carlton in 2009.) She always wanted to hold her wedding in Bali, surrounded by the special friends she worked with. The incredible entrance included 50+ Balinese dancers performing a traditional dance and street performers. The exit included a circus. Yes, a circus!  In the design of the wedding, they used gold, light pink and ivory. There were many natural tresses at the venue, so they hung chandeliers from the trees to help create the mood. Each guests name was printed on the laser cut butterfly, so it looked like there were 400 butterflies flying around the reception. While I could go on forever, I will just let you peek at a few of my favorites…impossible to get these all in one post!

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When I met Christina and James I knew instantly that they were going to be fun to photograph. Super smart (they met while interviewing for Neurosurgery residency programs at Georgetown!l) , but so witty, funny, and laid back — their “first look” photo says it all. They never took this whole wedding planning process too seriously!  Christina stayed calm, cool and collected the day of her wedding and she looked absolutely stunning while taking it all in with the love of her life and her incredible family and friends from all over the world.  Their love was easy to capture — it’s clear their connection is SO strong and SO special!

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They were married in the backyard of a one of their closest family friends’ home — also the site of where her grandparents held their 50th anniversary party.  They wanted an informal, backyard style wedding, and had one of friends perform the wedding vows and other talented friends provide acapella music and beat boxing…yes and it was amazing!  Their family friends generously planted thousands of flower bulbs in their wedding color scheme, whitewashed their beautiful farm style home, and redesigned their home to make it just perfect for their wedding.  Their wedding planner designed a wedding that was informal, whimsical, lighthearted, and integrated into the beauty of the home and gardens that Christina and her family truly loved.  It’s full of burlap and lace details that are just so…pretty.  Just a peek of all the beautiful details…

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To fit the rustic nature of the grounds, they chose wooden farmhouse benches and chairs for the wedding ceremony, wanting simple baby’s breath for decor and letting the surrounding beauty set the tone for the ceremony.

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For the reception, Christina and James chose a sugarplum fair tent in order to let guests enjoy the sunset, the stars as they came out and the twinkling lights on the pond behind the reception area. I loved the little, fun carnival type details and informality the Photo Booth, fire pit, outdoor chaise lounges along the pond, humorous advice cards, a scrapbook station, a Hawaiian shave ice truck, dozens of Hawaiian Haupia cakes, a dessert buffet.  With one of the best bands I’ve heard, the entire crowd was dancing into the night!

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This one was truly FUN to be a part of and I am so happy for this amazing couple!

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