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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.

tessa + joseph | la jolla wedding sneak peek | san diego wedding photographer

Tessa & Joseph’s intimate wedding was held at the Scripps Seaside Forum in gorgeous La Jolla, California. Here’s a little sneak from my time with this wonderful couple. Can’t wait to share more from this day…

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nan + victor | mission san juan capistrano engagement by joy marie

Soooo….I just realized that I am about to shoot Nan & Victor’s September wedding at the gorgeous Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes, and I haven’t even blogged anything from their engagement shoot! I have been so busy with weddings, editing and travel, that there’s very little time to keep up with my Blog. This engagement shoot was so great, and even though this was my first time meeting Nan & Victor, they completely embraced the shoot, and trusted me to capture their sweet love. Nan & Victor, you two are so special, and I’m super excited for your wedding. I know it’s going to be amazing!!

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I want to thank The Ebury Collection, one of Europe’s finest wedding Blogs, for featuring Starr & Jacques’s Mar-a-Lago Wedding. This wedding brings back such great memories…

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maiko + arthur | kunde family estate wedding sneak | destination wedding photographer

I love these two! Maiko & Arthur are an amazing couple, and I’ll share more about them when I feature both of their fabulous weddings. Yes, two weddings! One in the States, and the other in Bali. Destination wedding #1 was held at the gorgeous Kunde Family Estate in the heart of the Sonoma Valley. Here’s a sneak peek from our time there. Destination wedding #2 is happening right now in Southeast Asia at Ayana Resort in Indonesia. Can’t wait to share more from both weddings!

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  • JJ Lau - The vineyard sunset picture should be their new cover photo! That's a great photo Joy.

  • Sinly Anfeny - Joy, Two thumbs up. Can not wait to see the Bali wedding photos. It was great to meet and work with Jill and you.

maui haiku mill wedding by joy marie | whitney + michael | destination wedding photographer

I am so grateful for all of the amazing couples I’ve been able to get to know and work with all over the world this year! First Anguilla, then Maui…as I write this I’m in Southeast Asia prepping to shoot a destination wedding in Bali, Indonesia! I had the privilege of being able to shoot Whitney & Michael’s summer wedding at the gorgeous Haiku Mill on the island of Maui. It’s definitely one of my favorite places in the Hawaii to shoot! Whitney & Michael are both beautiful, engaging souls, with great senses of humor; perfect ingredients for a great wedding day! Although the weather is sometimes unpredictable on Maui, this turned out to be an amazing day filled lots of love, tender moments and more than a few tears. Congratulations, Whitney & Michael, and thank you for flying me across the Pacific to be a part of your amazing love story…xo…joy

Venue: Haiku Mill

Planner: Stephanie Shepherd | Haiku Mill

Florals: Dellables

Make-up: Liz Javelosa | Maui Make-up Artistry

Wedding Cinema: CineMaui Studio

Catering: Maui Executive Catering

Bar Service: Garnish Events

Photo Booth: Island Flip Books


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  • Janey Simms - Wow Wow Wow, Joy Marie! What an awesome wedding. I saw some of your other weddings from Haiku Mill, and they are all amazing. A lovely couple and gorgeous pics. Kudos. :)