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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.

The timing actually worked out perfect for Kim & Andy’s Seattle engagement shoot. Although these two are having a Los Angeles wedding, they actually live in Seattle. I was up visiting family, and they were able to pull away from their busy schedules for a couple of hours! Here’s a sneak peek of our time together. Kim & Andy are such special people, and a lot of fun to be around. The weather’s been gorgeous in Seattle all summer, and this day was no different. We hit some of my favorite spots, and really had a great time together. Now I’m just hoping for another perfect day for their September wedding down in LA! Kim & Andy, I can’t wait to see you guys again!

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You may remember Melorie & Art from their fabulous Los Angeles engagement session. I knew from the first day I met these two that their Key West destination wedding was going to be off the hook!! This wedding was ALL that and so much more!  The day began with an intimate Catholic ceremony at the St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church, witnessed by family.  That was followed by a quick couple’s session around beautiful Key West, and then an outdoor ceremony at the gorgeous Reach Resort, overlooking the blue-green Atlantic. It doesn’t get much better than that for a destination wedding. No detail was overlooked- from a local cigar roller serving up his finest at the reception- to a custom-made ice bar- to a surprise fireworks show that Melorie & Art put on for their guests. Such an incredible wedding day with amazing friends & family. Melorie & Art, thanks for letting me be part of such a FAB day! What a great wedding! Your comments are always welcomed. I’d love to hear from you!

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Love this moment that David captured during the ceremony!

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Gotta love those Banyan trees. What an amazing find!

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This is where Melorie & Art said their vows over the Atlantic. Amazing!

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What a GORGEOUS bride!

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Melorie servin' it up real proper like during the reception!

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Ice Ice, Baby!

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A big thanks to the vendor team for doing such an amazing job with this destination wedding!

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Diana & Mo are that kind of couple you can’t help but love!  More than just being INCREDIBLY adorable, these two have that kind of love that just radiates around them, and made me smile all day as we tromped around Orange County for their Laguna Beach engagement session.  This shoot was a beautiful reminder for me, in such a crazy busy time, of how much I love what I do!! What a privilege to be allowed to document so many different love stories.  This one is definitely going to have a “happily ever after” ending for sure!!  Thanks Diana & Mo for such a fun day…I am positive your Spanish Hills Country Club wedding is going to be absolutely amazing!!  

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only with petite little Diana could we get a shot like this!!

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one of my favorite shots of the day...this is true happiness!!

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we'll just keep this our little secret

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For those of you who don’t believe in fate, meet Tracy & Pathik!  I had already mentioned from their Santa Barbara engagement session that these two met on an airplane, while sitting next to each other.  But come to find out it gets better! During the reception toasts, a friend of Tracy’s said she was planning to set Tracy up with a business colleague of hers, only to discover that Tracy was already dating who she had in mind, Pathik!  I just love that!!  The best thing about the whole thing is these two incredible people are just perfect together! Tracy & Pathik had a beautiful Hindu wedding ceremony at the GORGEOUS Montecito Country Club, overlooking the Pacific in lovely Santa Barbara.  It was a day rich in culture, tradition and lots of love to go around. Congratulations, Tracy & Pathik, and thanks for allowing me to be a part of such an AMAZING day!

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Tracy & Pathik decided to do their pictures before the ceremony (love that!), and this is their first moment together.

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the beautiful & elegant Tracy!

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the hand off...

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one of my favorite shots of the day.

 

A big thanks to their wedding planner, Jill LaFleur, and her amazing team at LaFleur Weddings!  Once again, the day was planned to perfection, and the everything flowed beautifully!!

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I know I say this so much, but I really had such a great time shooting Courtney & Andrew’s engagement session.  These two are such incredible free spirits, with fabulous style and an amazing love & connection to one another. I should also mention that Courtney & Andrew are both AMAZING musicians, and I met them last summer at another Malibu wedding where they were performing and I was shooting. I am so looking forward to their Malibu wedding this summer at the gorgeous Adamson House!  

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we snuck in a few shots after dinner in Venice...just love!

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love Courtney's vintage dress!

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