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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.

I’m so happy that Trina & Dalip’s gorgeous wine country wedding was chosen to be featured in the latest issue of Sonoma Weddings Magazine. This wedding was so incredibly rich with beautiful traditions and culture at such an awesome venue but what I loved most was this beautiful couple…Trina and Dalip, you know I’m crazy about you!!!! xox

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Venue: Jacuzzi Family Vineyards

Catering: Alex’s Catering

Hair/Make-up: Bridal Henna Beauty

Floral Design: Morning Glory Florist

Invitations: Beyond the Thread

Band: AMS Entertainment

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I’m beyond thrilled to share with you an inspiration shoot born from Katie Kalafat’s of Couture Events vision of an easy-breezy Bohemian style wedding with an alternative retro-woodland twist.  It was a gorgeous layering of muted jewel tones, vintage-retro furniture pieces, a free flowing dress in the rustic hills at Peter Strauss Ranch in Malibu, California. Katie did an awesome job bringing together an incredible group of vendors (see below) from her rings and jewelry by Belladaar (I want every piece!) to the faux fur cowhide runner and incredible arrangements by Primary Petals. To cap it all off…so fun to shoot it all with this incredibly beautiful couple Dani and John that aren’t just models, but are engaged to be married! A big thank you to this talented group…I look forward to working with you all again! xo

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Planner: Katie Kalafat | Couture Events

Models: Dani Mathers & John Connor

Venue: Peter Strauss Ranch

Hair & Make up: Kristen Schwenneker

Floral Designer: Primary Petals

Cake Designer: Frost It Cupcakery

Furniture Rentals: Circa Vintage Rentals

Decor: Rhapsody Rentals

Dinnerware: Borrowed Blu

Jewelry: Rachel Daar | Belladaar

Dress: Show Me Your Mumu

Menswear: The Grunion Run Groomsmen Shop

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In honor of Valentine’s Day Weekend and all things LOVE, I’m so excited to share this wedding with you! I LOVE this couple, I LOVE all of the gorgeous details, but what really made this one of my favorite weddings…I LOVE this family so much! I first met Christie and her 4 beautiful sisters when I photographed her brother’s wedding 4 years ago.  Secretly, I hoped to photograph at least one of Brian’s gorgeous sisters. Turns out this bride, Christie, is the owner of Christie Rose Events, and since then, I have worked alongside her and her sisters who are such amazing wedding planners! So you can imagine, this day was designed and planned flawlessly….tons of great details and meaningful touches. Christie and Chris got married at the Mission San Juan Capistrano and had their reception at the gorgeous St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort. These two are my ideal couple in so many ways, but mostly they planned plenty of time for photos and completely trusted me. In the end, such a spectacular day surrounded by incredible people with so many beautiful moments. Thank you Christie and Chris for allowing me to be a part of your amazing day. I’ve loved becoming friends with you, and I wish you a lifetime of love together!

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