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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.

From our first meeting when we discussed their ideas for a Redwood Forest engagement session and their wedding plans in Sonom, I knew I was going to love working with Trina & Dalip! They are such a kind, fun and super funny couple, and it felt like we became fast friends from the start. It was so difficult to narrow down images here because there was SO much meaningful detail, incredible energy and emotion from beginning to end. You would never know that there was a huge storm that came through the weekend of their wedding. The rain stopped just in time for their Barat and created a spectacular storm cloud backdrop for the festivities. They had a combined Sikh and Hindu ceremonies, followed by a reception at the beautiful Jacuzzi Family Vineyards…it was an incredible celebration! I’m so happy for you Trina & Dalip, thank you for allowing me to be a part of this very special day! xox

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Jessica and Troy kicked off this year with the most beautiful and elegant wedding at the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa. There is something magical about Ojai, and then add this sweet and stunning couple,   surrounded by incredible friends and family = perfection.  The energy of their celebration was electric, and it was so fun to experience everyone’s excitement and love for these two. Jessica & Troy, thank you for allowing me to be a part of your beautiful celebration and cheers to a lifetime of the love we all witnessed on this day!  xox

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I am a believer that love conquers all. So when I heard them describe their wedding day…that this beautiful Bangladeshi Muslim girl was going to marry this Jewish American boy…I was so excited to be a part of this day! Sarah and Ben come from two very strong and vibrant cultures and were able incorporate the traditions and ceremonies from both at the gorgeous Schermerhorn Symphony hall in downtown Nashville.  They put so much thought into every little detail including the criss crossed bridge of white calla lilies at the head table to symbolize the intersection of family, culture, and religion that resulted from their marriage. It was such a moving celebration of two families embracing the love of their children. Sarah and Ben, thank you for allowing me to be a part of this very special love story! xox

Here’s a little sneak of their two day celebration…

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Gigi & Owain’s wedding was a fairy tale event, but with SO many unexpected twists. They exchanged vows on a helipad with 360 views of Malibu vineyards at the gorgeous Malibu Rocky Oaks Estate. What I love most about these two is that they met at a traffic light in Los Angeles and texted/courted for months not knowing each other’s real names or occupations before their first meeting. Owain Yeoman plays one of the lead characters on the hit CBS Television Show ‘The Mentalist,’ but this was far from a stuffy hollywood event. These two put so much into making their wedding an incredible experience for their guests. From a beat-boxing harpist to blessings from a Tibetian monk…to a 100 person flash mob!  Family and friends flew in from Owain’s hometown of Wales, and his best friend officiated the wedding. It was a day filled with so much love, laughter and tears…their love for each other was incredible! Congratulations, Owain and Gigi…may you experience a lifetime of the beautiful of love that you shared on this spectacular day!! xox

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