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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.

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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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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