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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.

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

Jacqueline & Devon’s Mission San Juan Capistrano wedding kicked off the wedding season hard for this year, and set the bar so high! What a fun day, so much love and laughter and…I’m just crazy about this couple! They are sweet to the core, loving, funny and just all around beautiful people that never take themselves too seriously. Jacqueline & Devon have the kind of love that makes you so happy that they found each other. It felt like I was surrounded by incredible people all the way around, including two of my other past couples that were there (both pregnant!) Danielle & Colin and Danielle & Brian. I had so much fun Jacqueline & Devon’s amazing wedding parties and wonderful families (side note: dropping of pants…not per photographer’s instruction).  Jacqueline & Devon, thank you for allowing me to capture such a special day…I wish you a lifetime of the kind of love and joy you had together on this day! xo

Wedding Planner: Gianna SanFilippo | Chic Celebrations

Make-up: Berit Digerud | Make-up by Berit

Florist: McCool Flowers

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spring bridal fashion week by joy marie | reem acra | fashion photographer

As many of you fashion forward brides know, this last week was bridal market in New York! I had the opportunity to photograph the shows of some of my favorite designers.  Super excited to share some of the most AMAZING gowns with you…hot off the runway! Up first is Reem Acra, whose gorgeous collection had boudoir-inspired designs with beautiful lace detail, illusion bodices, tulle tulle and more tulle!


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  • Lauren Cohen - My wedding dress designer! Love!

  • Lauren Cohen - My wedding dress designer!!! Love! Miss you Joy<3

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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