Capturing Memories to Last a Lifetime—A Moment of Joy Photography

Photo of a wedding party throwing petals at the kissing bride and groom, by A Moment of Joy Photography

Mardie Caldwell

January 18, 2022

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With over 20 years of experience and having photographed over 500 weddings, Joy Ximemez of A Moment of Joy Photography has excellent advice for couples. She recommends that you “Hire someone with lots of years of experience, so you can ensure they’ve dealt with every scenario you can think of!” She also advises brides and grooms to have “A GOOD TIMELINE!!!”
A wedding photo timeline ensures that your photographer will get every last shot—and you can simply enjoy your special day. A good photo timeline will line up with the timing of the rest of your wedding day and include getting ready candids, “first look” photos with your fiancé, wedding party photos, ceremony, cake cutting, first dances, and more. While the most amazing wedding photos might look effortless, a good deal of time goes into creating those incredible images. So, making a wedding photography timeline is an absolute must.

A Moment in Joy Photography's photo featured on the cover of Sacramento Bride and Groom

Sacramento Bride and Groom Magazine cover photo by A Moment of Joy Photography

Joy Ximemez of A Moment of Joy Photography specializes in capturing real moments from the wedding day, not contrived or cheesy photos or photos that are too posed. Joy’s clients describe her as organized, creative, professional, helpful, and a little bossy (while herding family members for family photos, you need to be, and Joy gets complimented quite often on this!)
Joy has been a photographer her whole life, starting with snapping photos of her junior high friends and being on the school newspaper. She then did the wedding photography for a family member and found she had a natural ability to capture those special moments.
So Joy threw herself into photography classes to hone her skills and has created an amazing portfolio since then. Joy has been published on the cover of Sacramento Bride and Groom Magazine as well as inside for many years. She has also had photos in The Knot magazine and Real Weddings.
Joy has had many years to improve her craft. She feels, “It’s a whole day thing, it’s really not just about the photography, we give an experience! I like to get photo ideas and poses from Instagram to create real moments.”
Wedding photos are the captured memories that will be passed down to a couple’s children, grandchildren, and the generations to come. How would you want them to envision your wedding day? Even if it doesn’t seem like it now, choosing your wedding photographer means deciding how your wedding will be remembered for a lifetime.
With A Moment of Joy Photography, you can be sure that Joy will capture all the precious moments of your wedding. These photographs will always help you remember your special day. As Joy puts it, “Precious are these moments, so much so, that a bride will look back on them and remember how happy that day was, how carefree her love was, maybe even how small her waistline was…These are the moments that a bride and her spouse will look back at when they have a rough patch, and they may be forgetting why they ever tied the knot in the first place.”
Joy’s experience and professionalism will ensure your day goes smoothly, and you will be able to look at your wedding photos for many years to come and remember all those special times.

Business Details:

Owner: Joy Ximemez
Instagram: @amomentofjoyphoto
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Mardie Caldwell

Written by Mardie Caldwell

Mardie has been a successful businesswoman since 1981. The Rough & Ready Vineyards was created out of Mardie’s desire to contribute to the community. Mardie’s vision to serve the community is rooted in her love of Nevada County, and it provided her with the opportunity to revitalize an old Ranch property into a breathtaking wedding venue.

Her innovative mind and commitment to environmental accountability contribute in a positive way to our community and the surrounding area. With the Rough & Ready Vineyards, Mardie seeks to create the best wedding experience for our clients and their guests, creating memories that will last for generations.

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