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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.

samina + nawaz | four seasons austin wedding by joy marie | destination wedding photographer

It’s getting old, I know…but I’m still behind on blogging! It’s the one thing that seems to give for me during this still super busy season. So to all of my incredible couples who are waiting patiently..big thanks and stay tuned, I promise:) There was so much I loved about Samina and Nawaz’s wedding weekend celebration in Austin. It was full of rich Indian ceremonies, lots of outfit changes and SUCH great people. Samina and Nawaz, you guys are amazing, and I am so grateful to have been a part of such an awesome weekend! xox

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  • Rob Holley - Beautiful work. I love the use of a tilt/shift lens.

  • Pam Bergman - I came across your page on accident. Stunning photos!

  • Kandice Lamb - beautiful wedding!

jacqueline + devon | villa san juan capistrano engagement by joy marie | orange county wedding photographer

I knew I would love Jacqueline & Devon when they were referred by one of my all time favorite couples (now friends)…Danielle & Colin!  I was right!  They are such great people, and I truly adore them! They completely embraced our shoot at villa san juan capistrano, and were so sweet with one another, but also laughed a ton.  Thanks, Jacqueline & Devon, for being SO amazing, and I can’t wait for your wedding next year at Mission San Juan Capistrano!

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  • TENCHA JENKINS - I am Jacqueline’s aunt…sadly we missed the wedding due to an on-going commitment. But we have thoroughly enjoyed the photos, they almost made up (but not quite!) for not being able to attend.

    Her photos have been sent to friends, some in places where we have lived, Australia, Canada, Hawaii, New Zealand. All the comments have been the same….gorgeous photos, gorgeous bride!

    Aloha nui, Tencha Jenkins

  • Mohsin Alee - exquisite

kimberly + abdul haiyy | pennsylvania hotel fauchere wedding by joy marie | sneak peek

Kimberly & Abdul Haiyy had a beautiful destination wedding at the quaint Hotel Fauchere in Milford, Pennsylvnia. Here’s a little sneak from our couples time up at the gorgeous Grey Towers Castle. Such a special day…I can’t wait to share more! xo

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  • Sean Strub - We were delighted that they chose the Hotel Fauchere for their wedding!

los angeles confidential magazine feature | julie weiss + shervin darvish wedding by joy marie | hotel bel-air wedding

So excited to see Julie & Shervin’s wedding featured in the latest glossy pages of Los Angeles Confidential Magazine. These two are so sweet together and have such great style.  Julie’s aunt Mindy Weiss designed and coordinated this gorgeous wedding at the legendary Hotel Bel-Air. Now that it’s been featured, I can’t wait to share more from this incredible day!

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california wedding day magazine feature | gridley ranch | ojai wedding by joy marie

If you’re looking for one of the most beautiful places in the world for a Winter Wedding, Ojai is the place! A big thanks to California Wedding Day Magazine for featuring Cathryn & Gael’s gorgeous Gridley Ranch Wedding, beautifully designed and coordinated by Sonia Hopkins of XOXO Bride. It was an amazing day, 80 degrees and my first wedding to kick off the New Year…so happy to be now be able to share it!

Planner: Sonia Hopkins, XOXO Bride

Bridal Gown: R-Mine Bespoke by Armine Ohanessian

Catering: Gael Lecolley, Your Chef Network

Florist: Joni at Santa Barbara Style

Guest Accommodations: Ojai Valley Inn & Spa

Hair & Make-up: Sheila Stone, The Studio Agency

Invitations: Heidi Jimenez, Zenadia Design

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