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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.

After leaving Nashville five hours later than expected (it’s tough getting 5 people out of the house), we’re off on this cross-country road trip! First stop, Gould, Arkansas (population 501) to visit David’s mom. Here are a few pics from day 1 of this grand adventure in stops at happy towns along the way. For more spontaneous moments along the way, be sure to follow me on Twitter!! I’m @joymariephoto…

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It's an absolute miracle getting these 4 to all stand still for a moment!

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...then the testoterone kicks back in!

 

plug-n-play!

plug-n-play!

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mom's got some hops too!

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I think this crew would rather fly than drive! Albuquerque, here we come!

I think this crew would rather fly than drive (literally)! Albuquerque, here we come!

Lessons learned today:

1. The mosquitos are the size of hummingbirds in Arkansas, so it’s advisable to stay indoors.

2. If you lean towards a vegetarian diet, bring your food with you through these parts. Even the veggies are fried down here!

3. For more extreme outbursts of spontaneity, follow me on twitter at @joymariephoto

Stay tuned…

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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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