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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.

nashville engagement shoot by joy marie…brooke + nathan

Brooke & Nathan are just so darn cute!!  I am soooo thankful I connected with these two, and had such a great time hanging with them for their Nashville engagement shoot.  They are so different from each other, and yet absolutely perfect together!  Nathan is the sweet, strong quiet type, and Brooke is the kind of girl who radiates warmth, and is just plain FABULOUS!!  These two have already gone through so much as a couple, and the depth of their love is evident.  We are so looking forward to their wedding in Huntsville, Alabama!! Brooke & Nathan, y’all are the BEST…can’t wait for your Alabama wedding!!!














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  • Brooke Curlee - Wow, these pictures are amazing…beautiful! The green dress w/ yellow shoes are super cute on Brooke! Just lovely!

  • adrian hitt - these are divine. beautiful couple!

  • Whitney Carlson - These are beautiful as always, Joy!

  • Pat Hagan - Awesome pictures. Very creative. Lovely couple.

  • joy marie - Thank you all for your kind words. These two are super cute, and they are such nice people too!!

a big shout out to my new friends at junebug weddings & what junebug loves!

I love junebug weddings! This wonderful team of ladies, Kim Bamberg, Blair deLaubenfels and Christy Weber, recently invited me to join their top-ten hot list of wedding photographers that will launch in June. I’m so humbled to be mentioned with such awesome talent! If you haven’t heard of junebug, you will. It’s one of the hottest blogs on the planet for the best the wedding industry has to offer. I want to let all of my brides know that if you’re still in the wedding planning process, be sure to check out junebug! These ladies have incredible style!! They’re primarily on the Left Coast now, but I’m sure the nation’s not far behind! Here’s a feature they just did on what junebug loves!


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chicago engagement shoot by joy marie…meredith + jeremy

I had the wonderful opportunity to meet up with Meredith & Jeremy in Chicago for their engagement session.  This was the first time that we met in person, but I felt like I was hanging out with old friends all day. And what a great city!   These two are such kind, radiant people, and as we walked around the streets downtown, it became apparent that I was in the presence of rock stars…they know EVERYONE!  I’m super excited for their Chicago wedding this summer at St. Michael in Old Town.  Thanks, Meredith & Jeremy for such an incredible day!! I can’t wait to see you guys again!!















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a big thank you for your patience!

I owe all of my INCREDIBLE clients, who I’ve photographed over the last few weeks, a huge thank you for your patience!  With so much traveling & shooting, I haven’t had as much time as usual in front of my computer. I’m even using two laptops now to try and keep up!!  So this is just a sneak peek of the adorable Brooke + Nathan from our Nashville engagement shoot a few weeks back.  More to come really really soon!! I promise…


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  • Gina - Joy Marie, your stuff is always worth the wait!! This is a REALLY cute couple, by the way!!

  • Melissa W - your pictures are great and I cant wait to see wedding pictures of Brooke and Nathan…you have a beautiful and sweet bride to photograph.

santa barbara engagement shoot by joy marie…tracy + pathik

For those of you who don’t believe in fate, meet Tracy & Pathik!  This super sweet, super duper smart couple (we’re talking Cornell & Harvard smart) first laid eyes on each other 30,ooo feet in the air, while traveling to Amsterdam for business.  They truly are as close as you can get to a match made in heaven.  We met up in Tracy’s beautiful hometown, Santa Barbara, along with their furry baby, Nikko, for a really fun engagement shoot.  I can’t wait for their summer wedding at the gorgeous Montecito Country Club!


Aren't these two just gorgeous together!?!













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