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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.

junebug weddings feature | best of the best destination weddings contest | honorable mention

I want to thank the awesome team at Junebug Weddings for including an image from Maiko & Arthur’s Ayana Resort Bali Destination Wedding as part of their Best of the Best Destination Wedding Contest in the honorable mention category. I must admit that Ayana is one of the most beautiful resorts in the world, and an absolute dream location for a destination wedding! I can’t wait to shoot another wedding there, or anywhere in that part of Asia!

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leyla + sean | ojai valley inn wedding sneak peek by joy marie | destination wedding photographer

There’s something magical about Ojai, California and there was so much beauty in Leyla and Sean’s wedding at the Ojai Valley Inn…stay tuned for so much more pretty:)

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And so great to reconnect with Jill La Fleur and Team La Fleur Weddings. You did a fabulous job…as always!!

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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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