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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 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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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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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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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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