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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.

After a very sad and emotional weekend, I’m headed back to LA from spending time in Washington this weekend celebrating the life of my cousin, Mari. Mari Lynn McKinstry Lazur passed away on August 28, 2014 after a courageous battle with brain cancer. After seven surgeries, three chemotherapy agents and two clinical trials, her fight ended. She passed away peacefully in the arms of her beloved husband Nathan with her mother close by.

She was 31.

Mari was charismatic and lived in the moment. She had been a star athlete and personal trainer who would push herself and those around her to be their best. She loved laughing in the sunshine and the smell of the ocean. Four months ago she married the love of her life in her dream wedding in St. John. Along with her mother, Nathan took care of her until the very end. These two share a love that many won’t find in their entire lifetime. Here’s their wedding slideshow.

RIP my beautiful cousin…I know you are dancing in heaven with your dad!

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You might remember earlier this summer, I was able to share a quick sneak peek of Claude and Peter’s fabulous wedding in the Turks and Caicos at Donna Karan’s Estate in the Parrot Cay Resort.  That was just a taste.  Finally I am back with so much more of this truly stunning couple and loads of details of their Boho chic, romantic wedding that turned into the party of a lifetime. Whenever I work with Mindy Weiss, there are always exquisite details to share — from the hanging chandeliers on the beach to the beautiful flower halos, the impeccable styling of the bridesmaids and groomsmen (who were all gorgeous…AND spoke french!), the custom designed arbor where they exchanged their sweet vows, the long table set against an infinity pool overlooking the majestic water — it was all so incredibly beautiful.  The natural, blush tones with touches of gold played homage to the beauty of the island and made it ethereal or as Claude described it…“surreal.”

But perhaps the most magical about this wedding was  to see how insanely in love these two Claude and Peter were and and how meaningful it was for them to be surrounded by their amazing friends and family. From their welcome party, to paddle boarding with friends, the wedding day events and the day after beach party and bbq…Claude and Peter treated their guests to an awesome destination wedding experience.  Here’s a peak at some of my favorite…

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Claude is a fashion blogger (founder of Conscience Coupable.com), so of course her styling…perfection! So fun photographing her closet in their villa, rows of Louboutin’s, bags and clutches, accessories, and so much jewelry!

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I loved her Monique Lhuillier dress! It was the perfect combination of sexy, beachy elegance with a little sass…just like Claude!  Her bridesmaids dresses were all different and mostly BCBG. Perfection!

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The ceremony took place on the sandy white beaches of Parrot Cay Resort. The guests chairs were draped beautifully with a variety of light fabrics…loved all the texture!

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Such a beautiful ceremony, so many tears!

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This gorgeous french speaking bridal party was SO much fun!

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The reception was planned to perfection but this celebration was so much more than gorgeous details, this group came to party!!

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Thank you sweet Claude & Peter for allowing us to be a part of this insane celebration, it’s one was one we will never forget.  More photos to come soon in an amazing feature — I’ll be sure to share! xox

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Thanks to all the amazing vendors, especially Mindy Weiss’ team, who made created another magical destination wedding!

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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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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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