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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 is so much I just LOVE about this wedding. First…I love this couple, Lauren and Jonathan. You may remember these two from our New York engagement shoot a few months back. They  are both so kind, positive and incredibly in love with each other.  The picture of them at the altar where Jonathan is just BEAMING says it all.  I absolutely LOVED shooting at the Crane Estate in Massachusetts.  I’m SO glad these two decided to see each other before to have time to take pictures around this awesome property.  You would never know it from these images but we went into this day with pretty much 100% chance of rain. One of Lauren’s bridesmaids happened to be a meteorologist and even she couldn’t give us any hope. I was so sad for Lauren because I had scouted the property and knew there was so many incredible backdrops outside of the estate…especially the outdoor location of her ceremony. I have to say, Lauren handled all of this bad news like a champ. Seriously, she was the calmest bride ever and insisted even if they got rained out, it was going to be ok. Side note, she’s a critical care doctor in NYC so that might have something to do with her uber calmness throughout it all. Anyway, we pulled out the purple umbrellas and headed out to shoot, God smiled, the rains stopped and here’s a look at this beautiful couple and their incredible outdoor wedding at the Crane Estate!

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I love how Lauren incorporated their New York engagement shoot into her menu (on the napkin)

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big huge congrats to Lauren & Jonathan! xox

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I am so happy to finally be able to share Vidhi and Datesh’s gorgeous Indian wedding in Newport Beach, CA. This wedding was shot by one of our associate photographers Brandon, who did such a great job capturing this incredible day.  (for more associate photographers info…click here.) Vidhi and Datesh wanted a wedding that was rich in their heritage and the beautiful traditions!  I just love how these two transformed their looks and the theme from the festive afternoon outdoor ceremony to the Great Gatsby evening reception. The ceremony was bold and vibrant with a lot of reds and gold. The reception was regal and edgy with rich art deco accents…I loved Vidhi’s black and gold dress!  The end result made for an incredible,  completely unique day.  At the end of the day, it was just a stunning wedding with a STUNNING couple. Congratulations Vidhi & Datesh, we were so honored to be a part of your amazing day! xox

Here’s a look at a few of our favorites…

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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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