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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.

katelyn + evan | los angeles ballerina engagement by joy marie | destination wedding photographer

When we were first discussing their destination wedding in Hilton Head, South Carolina, Katelyn & Evan said that they wanted to do something original & unique for their engagement shoot. Yes…please!!! Katelyn is a New Yorker, and Julliard-trained Ballerina, so her and Evan (actually it was Evan’s idea) wanted to incorporate her love and passion for dance into the shoot. These two are amazing people, and after seeing Katelyn in her “zone,” I was both awe-struck and inspired (and a tiny bit jealous). I wish I could be a professional ballerina…if only I had grace, elegance and poise! Here’s a little taste of what happened when that inspiration, Katelyn’s awesome talent, and the love these two share met my lens…I’m so excited for their May wedding next year in gorgeous South Carolina! Katelyn & Evan, thank you for trusting me enough to put on your pointe shoes and tutu:) I’m so looking forward to your big day…xo…joy


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  • Lauren Cohen - STUNNING!!!

  • Latrice - Amazing to see how beautiful & graceful this is & the masculine swag from him was perfect!

  • Lara - Literally got goose bumps while looking at these. Amazing

nan + victor | terranea resort wedding by joy marie | orange county wedding photographer

     I have been SO looking forward to Nan & Victor’s summer wedding ever since their engagement shoot. They are such a sweet, funny and down to earth couple; completely in love and connected to each other. Nan & Victor also happened to have a super fun bridal party. The groomsmen are serious gamers and (what seemed to me to be) masters at Tae Kwon Do. They had very “unique” ideas for groomsmen photos. Love it!! Like most of my couples, Nan & Victor chose to see each other before the ceremony, and completely trusted me wherever I wanted to shoot. This makes for such a fun and stress-free day, and Victor still completely crumbled when he saw his beautiful bride walking down the aisle!  It turned out to be just the perfect day at the gorgeous Terranea Resort overlooking the Pacific, beautifully designed & planned by Alicia Townsend of the amazing Details Details Weddings & Events! Nan & Victor…thank you both for allowing me to be a part of your incredible day, and for being so amazing! I know you two will enjoy a lifetime of a very special love, and I’m so happy for you! xox

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sarah + jeff | orange county wedding by joy marie | sneak peek

What an amazing weekend with this gorgeous couple! Sarah & Jeff’s Orange County Wedding was deliciously spectacular…much more to share, but here’s a little taste…

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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! Their Bali Destination Wedding was one for the record books! 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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