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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 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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Suzi & D’Marco are an AMAZING couple!!  One thing I’ve learned after years of shooting weddings is nothing ever goes EXACTLY as planned. Despite a few hiccups, these two kept such an incredible focus on each other and what was truly important.  At one point, knowing D’Marco was a former NFL player, I wanted to get a few fun shots with his Superbowl ring, but D’Marco said he left it at home because this day was about Suzi!..LOVE that!! In the end, it was such a special day full of life, laughter and lots of love. Congratulation, Suzi & D’Marco!

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a prayer at the altar

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love this mother/son moment

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the beautiful mothers

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the stunning suzi...and one of the sweetest people I've ever met!

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  • Emilie - The groom and his mom: priceless! The bride with the veil in the air: absolutely stunning! Amazing work Joy marie

  • heather - I’m not sure if that’s the groom and his mom (or big sis), but that’s definitely a hallmark moment! And oh, what a beautiful couple this is!!

  • Linda - That was a wonderful comment..D’Marco’s mom

What an amazing time I had with these two!  Alina & Shawn wanted to do a Laguna Beach engagement shoot because Laguna is one of their hangout spots.  I love shooting in new locations. Orange County in the house! And it’s even better when it’s a super adorable, adventurous couple like Alina & Shawn; down for just about anything. Alina was such a trooper, at one point even rock climbing in her gorgeous heels! I can’t wait for their upcoming Bay Area wedding at a beautiful estate overlooking the Pacific in Half Moon Bay!! Stay tuned…

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  • Missy - super cute couple!! Awesome pics, Joy Marie!!

  • Foster - I”d have to agree on another awesome shoot! And talk about a great looking couple!

I had to do a quick sneak peek from Suzi & D’Marco’s recent los angeles wedding. I love these guys!! Can’t wait to share more…

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  • jani - Man, I can’t wait to see more of this one. I can already tell it’s going to be unbelievable! Such a beautiful bride and an adorable couple. Great job!

Brooke & Nathan are just so darn cute!!  I am soooo thankful I connected with these two, and had such a great time hanging with them for their Nashville engagement shoot.  They are so different from each other, and yet absolutely perfect together!  Nathan is the sweet, strong quiet type, and Brooke is the kind of girl who radiates warmth, and is just plain FABULOUS!!  These two have already gone through so much as a couple, and the depth of their love is evident.  We are so looking forward to their wedding in Huntsville, Alabama!! Brooke & Nathan, y’all are the BEST…can’t wait for your Alabama wedding!!!

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  • Brooke Curlee - Wow, these pictures are amazing…beautiful! The green dress w/ yellow shoes are super cute on Brooke! Just lovely!

  • adrian hitt - these are divine. beautiful couple!

  • Whitney Carlson - These are beautiful as always, Joy!

  • Pat Hagan - Awesome pictures. Very creative. Lovely couple.

  • joy marie - Thank you all for your kind words. These two are super cute, and they are such nice people too!!