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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.

joy marie featured on junebug weddings | jojo & bobby | malibu calamigos ranch wedding

A big thanks to the awesome ladies over at Junebug Weddings for featuring Jojo & Bobby’s Malibu Calamigos Ranch Ferris Wheel Wedding. This wedding was truly a magical day…love Junebug and love What Junebug Loves!

And a big thanks to Jojo for the kind words she shared with her family, friends and all the wonderful creatives involved with her big day! I couldn’t have said it any better, so let’s just recount her words…

We are so happy to share that our wedding was published in June Bug Weddings, an online wedding publication!  We would like to thank our friends and family for such a special day.  We would also like to thank everyone who worked on the wedding – from the invitations, to the music, lighting, flowers, hair – we could go on and on!  There is a special page in the publication dedicated to all the people who worked at our wedding, and I can vouch that every one of them are the best at what they do! Special thanks to Joy Marie, our photographer, who captured each moment at our wedding so beautifully – we will treasure these photographs for the rest of our lives.  Thanks also to Cindy and Samantha at Calamigos Ranch for being wonderful hosts! And lastly a big thank you is due to Ashley Tearston who coordinated the wedding AND did the flowers – Ashley truly captured the essence of what we were going for, and then executed it perfectly – thank you!!

Click on the photo below to go to June Bugs, and to get to the ‘Wedding Team’ page, please click on this link:

Love to you all.  Jojo + Bobby

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michele + rich | beverly hills wedding by joy marie | sneak peek | los angeles wedding photographer

Here’s a little preview of Michele & Rich’s incredible wedding at Il Cielo in Beverly Hills…can’t wait to share more!

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brandie + jason | viceroy anguilla wedding by joy marie | destination wedding photographer

As if going to a tropical island in another country with just your closest family and friends isn’t amazing enough…there was something extra special about Brandie & Jason’s destination wedding at the GORGEOUS Viceroy Hotel in Anguilla. It was just a magical week! I can’t say enough about these two, and their wonderful friends & family who graciously welcomed us as a part of their vacation.  They made this trip so much fun to photograph- from the catamaran trip, snorkeling on remote islands, and pool parties at the villa- to their emotional vows as the sun set over the stunning Caribbean Sea. One thing we could always count on was, somehow, EVERY SINGLE NIGHT seemed to end with sweat-drenched dancing.  Brandie & Jason love life, and they’re dedicated to making every minute count! I am SO happy that these two beautiful people found each other.  Thank you to everyone on this trip for being so incredibly kind, and quite possibly, the most wild & fun group we have ever had on a destination wedding! Also, big thanks to Brandie’s super talented make-up artist/sister, Brie Leach, for connecting me to your beautiful sister! xox


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  • Mindy Weisser - This is SO amazing, Joy Marie!! I’ve just decided that when I get married, I’m doing it at the Viceroy in Anguilla, and you’re shooting it!! Great work :)

  • Angie West - What an incredible collage of this amazing wedding! I don't think you could have done a better job capturing that incredible week in Anguilla and the LOVE that those two have for each other and the wonderful friends and family that came along :)

  • Darla Reynolds - That was the most beautiful wedding I've ever seen. The photographer did not miss a thing. Kinda makes you want to get married again just for the fun and beautiful water. Wonderful wedding to cruise through. You'll have to go back on a special anniversary and do it again maybe on your 50th! Congratulations and thanks for allowing everyone to enjoy the pictures.

  • Dubrovnik Wedding at DoYouWed.Me - Wow, that was inspiring. This really summerish wedding seems end of the world. Congrats on beautiful work. I'm sure it was exciting being there shooting these great images. Thanks for sharing.
    Nice regards from Croatia.

  • Capella Pedregal Nokia Lumia 1020 Wedding by Joy Marie Photography | Joy Marie Photography | Destination Wedding Photographers - […] Crista & Chris about photographing their destination wedding. I had met these two last May in Anguilla, and I can’t say enough about how INCREDIBLE they are. They both have such an adventurous […]

junebug weddings | four seasons magazine feature

The ladies over at Junebug Weddings are some of the most knowledgable, creative and just super cool gals in the wedding industry. Check out this great interview with Christy Weber, Junebug’s style maven, about helping brides capture their wedding style with Four Seasons Magazine.

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destination weddings + honeymoons magazine feature | maui haiku mill wedding by joy marie

A big thanks to Destination Weddings & Honeymoons Magazine for featuring the awesome fire dancers who performed at Sandy & JD’s Maui destination wedding at the gorgeous Haiku Mill. I love weddings with unique elements like this.

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