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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.

I was so thrilled to hear that one of my favoritest couples from last year is having a baby!!  You may remember Danielle & Colin from their INCREDIBLE 2008 Dana Point wedding and  Orange County engagement session.  They once again rocked my socks off, and Danielle worked that baby bump!  I’m so excited to meet little Ms. Logan…stay tuned for her newborn debut!!

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while we were shooting these, Colin was saying, "you are SOOOO beautiful!" Just LOVE these two!!!

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they just happened to have a 100 yr old barber shop chair in their garage...my kind of maternity prop!

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How beautiful is Danielle?!?

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Shawn & Steve are such great people, and they also happen to be our neighbors and now friends. After a some stormy weather the week prior, it turned out to be just a gorgeous day for their Nashville wedding at Brentwood United Methodist Church. We started the day off in Downtown Nashville at the beautiful Hermitage Hotel, and then it was off to the church in Brentwood for an intimate ceremony, followed by an elegant reception at Mere Bulles. These two share such a special connection together that I’m positive a lifetime of happiness awaits them. Congratulations, Shawn & Steve…thanks for allowing me to be a part of such a sweet day!

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the super cool bridal party!

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I love this "private" moment...Steve checking out his bride!

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the beautiful Shawn!

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one of my favorite shots of the day.

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Brianna & Tony are ROCK STARS!! I just adore these two, and had so much fun shooting their wedding.  They chose to tie the knot at the beautiful Clifton Inn, an amazing location for a Virginia wedding. Incredible chemistry, elegant style and complete trust in their crazy photographer = one of my all-time favorite weddings of 2009! Congratulations Brianna & Tony!! Thanks for allowing me to be a part of such a special day!

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a spontaneous swim to end en incredible day!

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Brianna = Gorgeous

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i just loved her Jim Hjelm dress

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a sweet moment with Brianna & her dad just before the ceremony

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Brianna with her sisters right after the ceremony

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busted!

 

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While in Oklahoma City, we stopped at White Water Bay Park, and then hit the road for the long stretch to Albuquerque, with some interesting stops along the way. It’s amazing what you can discover alongside the freeway in the middle of nowhere:

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keepin' it real...texas style!

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Lessons learned today:

1. They DO actually make a cocktail for kids. It’s called grape juice and Nyquil: The sniffling, coughing, sneezing, stuffy head, make-your-kids-shut-up-so-you-can-rest-medicine!

2. When a 4 year-old says, “I have to pee!” right in the middle of timbuktu, he doesn’t mean, “please stop at the next rest stop, so I can relieve myself.” He means, “pull this car over NOW, or you’re about to get sprayed!”

 

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