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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.

Melissa & Jamie had a GORGEOUS Loews Lake Las Vegas Resort Wedding! It was an amazing day, and an incredibly HOT one! (like a 104 degree, hand-melting-into-camera kind of day)! But these two remained graceful & cool, and were so much fun to work with. After the winds Melissa & Jamie withstood during their Malibu engagement shoot, I knew they could handle anything! Congratulations, Melissa & Jamie and thank you for allowing me to be a part of such a special day!

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The AMAZING view from the resort!

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The beautiful Melissa!

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Jamie's grandfather. An incredible man, full of life! Here they're celebrating his 85th birthday!

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What better way to end such a hot day?!?

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I want to send a big shout out of CONGRATULATIONS to Bishop Joseph Walker & Dr. Stephaine Hale whose Nashville wedding took place last Saturday! I know these two are rockstars in Nashville, but I didn’t realize their nuptials would hit the national spotlight, the New York Times, nonetheless! Although I didn’t shoot the wedding because of a previously booked destination wedding, I did have the opportunity to do their engagement session at a gorgeous estate in Brentwood! One of the images was posted on the New York Times website, along with a brief article about their Nashville wedding. Congratulations, Bishop & Stephaine!

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You may remember Selina & Juan from their Los Angeles engagement session a few months back.  I just love these two, and have been anticipating this day since we first met almost 2 years ago!!  Selina & Juan got married overlooking the beach at the beautiful Mandalay Beach Resort.  It was an incredible wedding, and a real honor to witness two very special people coming together. Congratulations, Selina & Juan!

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Selina has such an infectious smile that lights up any room...gorgeous!

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And a big thanks to Cari Izaguirre of All Occasions Event Planning for doing such a wonderful job planning & coordinating this wedding!

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I thoroughly enjoyed my time with Jennie & Brad for their Los Angeles engagement shoot. It’s difficult to put into words how sweet & gracious these two are; just full of life, and really fun to be around. Although we did their engagement session in LA, Jennie & Brad are actually having a Nashville wedding (Jennie’s hometown) at The Temple. I met these two through Jennie’s mom, Goldie, a great lady & wonderful Nashville caterer. I think kindness just runs in the family! Jennie & Brad, it was great to spend the day together in LA. I’m so excited about your summer wedding. See you soon back in the ‘ville!

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