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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.

brandie + jason | mission inn engagement shoot by joy marie | sneak peek

Just a little sneak peek from Brandie & Jason’s engagement shoot at the Mission Inn in Orange County. Super excited for their destination wedding next month in gorgeous Anguilla! Can’t wait!

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two rivers mansion maternity shoot by joy marie | donice + scott | nashville portrait photographer

Donice & Scott are fellow photographers… and friends…and just cool people!  They are expecting their first baby, and I’m so thrilled for them.  For their maternity shoot, they rented the historic Two Rivers Mansion…here’s a little sneak peak of our session!

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  • Donice - Wow! Can’t stop looking at these! Thanks again for an amazing session and for documenting such a precious moment in our lives. 7 months preggo and I’ve never felt more glamourous and sexy as I did during this day.

sidonie + david | sonoma kunde winery wedding by joy marie associates | style me pretty feature

A big thank you to Style Me Pretty for featuring the Sonoma Kunde Winery Wedding of Sidonie Freeman & David La Porta. Joy Marie Associate photographer, Brandon, beautifully captured Sidonie & David’s gorgeous vineyard wedding!

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alicia + johan | stellenbosch, south africa wedding by joy marie | destination wedding photographer

I love everything about this wedding! I love Alicia & Johan, and their families & friends. I love South Africa, and all of the beautiful African culture! It really was a perfect wedding day, and Alicia & Johan completely deserved it. This trip to South Africa was on the heels of a season that was very trying for me. Photographing their destination wedding felt like I was being handed a beautiful gift; a reminder that I am doing what I’m supposed to be doing. I adore Alicia & Johan to the core! They have such a special, deep connection with each other and both such beautiful kind souls. Alicia & Johan’s family & friends came from literally all over the world for their Stellenbosch, South Africa wedding at the historic Nooitgedacht Estate. We also had the privilege of working with South Africa’s premier wedding coordinator, Aleit Swanepoel, and his awesome team at The Aleit Group. Aleit’s design and decor ideas were truly amazing, and he and his staff made David and I feel like we were right at home in Stellenbosch. It was a magical wedding all around, and now here’s a little peek into the day. Alicia & Johan, I am so happy for you, and wish you a lifetime of joy and beautiful babies!!! xox

Planning & Coordination: The Aleit Group

Wedding Cinema: FJS Productions

Venue & Catering: Nooitgedacht Estate

Hair & Make-up: Alicia Buckle

Florist: Okasie

Decor: La Maison Group | Classy Hire | A Vintage Affair

Lighting & Sound: Presentation Staging | Something Different

Stationery: Secret Diary Designs

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jojo + bobby | malibu calamigos ranch wedding by joy marie | los angeles wedding photographer

I’m so grateful for this last year, and really humbled by the beautiful people and stories I have been able to capture. It was a year of soul searching, growth and amazing people supporting me. I still feel like I have more weddings and shoots I hope to share before I feature “best of” highlights from 2012. First up is Jojo & Bobby’s Malibu wedding at Calimigos Ranch. So much care, hard work and a ton of love went into every last detail of this day, from this glowing couple and all of the amazing family and friends who surrounded them…it was just magical. Thank you, Jojo & Bobby, for entrusting me to capture your special day!  xox

And a huge thank you to Ashley Tearston of Floracopia for doing such a wonderful job planning and coordinating this amazing wedding!

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  • Rob Holley - Having been to the C Ranch and seeing your images I am stunned. You made it look much much nicer than it is. Fantastic job.

  • Jillian Bisinger Zucca - Ba-ZANG! What a beautiful wedding Joy! Love all the details, and a stunner couple (: