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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.

gigi + owain yeoman | malibu wedding by joy marie | celebrity wedding photographer

Gigi & Owain’s wedding was a fairy tale event, but with SO many unexpected twists. They exchanged vows on a helipad with 360 views of Malibu vineyards at the gorgeous Malibu Rocky Oaks Estate. What I love most about these two is that they met at a traffic light in Los Angeles and texted/courted for months not knowing each other’s real names or occupations before their first meeting. Owain Yeoman plays one of the lead characters on the hit CBS Television Show ‘The Mentalist,’ but this was far from a stuffy hollywood event. These two put so much into making their wedding an incredible experience for their guests. From a beat-boxing harpist to blessings from a Tibetian monk…to a 100 person flash mob!  Family and friends flew in from Owain’s hometown of Wales, and his best friend officiated the wedding. It was a day filled with so much love, laughter and tears…their love for each other was incredible! Congratulations, Owain and Gigi…may you experience a lifetime of the beautiful of love that you shared on this spectacular day!! xox

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nokia lumia 1020 wedding by joy marie | capella pedregal resort | destination wedding photographer | part 1

A few months back I was approached by a PR firm in London about working on a “secret project” with an unnamed client, I was skeptical to say the least…and thought for sure it was a scam. Well turns out Cohn & Wolfe is in fact a real PR firm, in fact they’re a multinational company that won PR Firm of the Year for 2013. Also the “unnamed client”…NOKIA! They were reaching out to me about being the first photographer to shoot an entire wedding on their brand new Lumia 1020 41 megapixel smartphone. I’m all for pushing the creative boundaries and after researching the capabilities of this phone I was onboard although admittedly nervous! The only thing missing was the wedding. Just happens I had already started talking to Crista & Chris about photographing their destination wedding. I had met these two last June in Anguilla and I can’t say enough about how incredible they are. They both have such an adventurous spirit and were also excited about this project so it was game on! Armed with  several Nokia Lumia 1020′s, I shot Crista & Chris’ entire wedding with them at the gorgeous Capella Pedregal Resort in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.  Here’s part one of  Crista & Chris’s wedding shot with the Nokia Lumia 1020…more to share soon!

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  • Selina - This was taken on a camera phone? This is amazing!!! Beautiful!! Every word in the dictionary that identifies how gorgeous these pictures and the wedding was.

  • Opulent Couturier - Wow these images are beautiful! I am so impressed with the quality of the camera on this phone. I know the woman behind the phone has skills too… that is ahhh-mazing!!

  • Alicia Whitney - HOW STUNNING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Lisa - These photos are absolutely breathtaking. Not to mention the stunning bride. I’m blown away ❤

  • Inga Taylor - These are incredibly amazing! You are the best photographer I have ever seen with weddings.Fabulous job,talented lady.

  • Erika Jara Alvarez - This place is phenomenal! I cannot believe how they built it into the mountain!

  • Sylvia Guy - ABSOLUTELY AWESOME pics.. Congrats Crista ;-) Wishing you all the best!!

  • Iva Darling - thank you for sharing these beautiful pictures of your wedding.

  • Cam - yet again, illustrative evidence supporting the fact that a true artist can create masterpieces with whatever subjects, locations and tools they have! Joy Marie these shots are wonderful. Thanks for sharing!

sarah + ben | schermerhorn symphony hall wedding by joy marie | sneak peek

I had the honor of shooting Sarah & Ben’s beautiful wedding at the Schermerhorn Symphony hall in Nashville. There is really just so much to say about these two and this very unique wedding but for now just a few highlights of incredible day!

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crista + chris | capella pedregal resort wedding by joy marie | destination wedding photographer | sneak peek

Just a little sneak peak of Chris and Crista’s epic Cabo San Lucas wedding at the beautiful Capella Pedregal resort. So much more to share from this gorgeous family but for now a few of my favorites…

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crista + chris | new york city engagement by joy marie | destination wedding photographer

I met up with Crista & Chris in the Big Apple for their New York City Engagement shoot at quite possibly the most gorgeous time of year.  I had so much fun with these two (and their adorable son). We were able to hit some of New York City’s most iconic landmarks on a gorgeous Fall day. I’m so excited for their upcoming destination wedding at the beautiful Capella Pedregal Resort in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

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