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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.

maiko + arthur | ayana resort wedding sneak peek | bali wedding photographer

Remember Maiko and Arthur from their Sonoma wedding at Kunde Family Estate & Winery? Well, they just had their second wedding at the beautiful Ayana resort in Bali. Wow…there is just so much beauty to share from these two, and this incredible Indonesian celebration. Before I attempt to squeeze it all into one posting…a little preview of the gorgeous couple!

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  • Kim Nguyen - great photos Joy! I can't wait to see the rest of them :)

  • Alice Kuo Shippee - Two of my favorite things: Joy Marie Photo & Bali! Wow–gorgeous! :D

melinda + julian | san juan capistrano engagement by joy marie | orange county wedding photographer

Melinda & Julian are such a sweet, beautiful couple! They embraced this shoot wholeheartedly! You would have never known they had just come straight from an armed robbery situation that happened at a mall they were visiting! I’m not even kidding. It’s a whole other story with swat teams and all…but these two shook it off, and did an amazing job.  It was so fun to spend time with them and hear about their story and upcoming wedding.  Although I won’t be able to shoot their Pismo Beach Wedding, I know they will be in really good hands with Brandon as their lead photographer. Here’s a a few of my favorites from our time together…

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tessa + joseph | la jolla wedding sneak peek | san diego wedding photographer

Tessa & Joseph’s intimate wedding was held at the Scripps Seaside Forum in gorgeous La Jolla, California. Here’s a little sneak from my time with this wonderful couple. Can’t wait to share more from this day…

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nan + victor | mission san juan capistrano engagement by joy marie

Soooo….I just realized that I am about to shoot Nan & Victor’s September wedding at the gorgeous Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes, and I haven’t even blogged anything from their engagement shoot! I have been so busy with weddings, editing and travel, that there’s very little time to keep up with my Blog. This engagement shoot was so great, and even though this was my first time meeting Nan & Victor, they completely embraced the shoot, and trusted me to capture their sweet love. Nan & Victor, you two are so special, and I’m super excited for your wedding. I know it’s going to be amazing!!

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I want to thank The Ebury Collection, one of Europe’s finest wedding Blogs, for featuring Starr & Jacques’s Mar-a-Lago Wedding. This wedding brings back such great memories…

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