mississippi

Cassie and Ross by Blake McCollum

I photographed my cousin’s wedding at The Barn at Lakeside in Hamilton, Mississippi. It made me value and understand better what wedding photos mean to my clients as well as their family. It was a beautiful day (that started off cold) and I’m so glad I got to be a part of it.

Photographer: Blake McCollum Photography
Venue: The Barn at Lakeside
Dresses: The Bride and Groom
Tuxes: The Bride and Groom
Rings: Solid Gold Jewelers & Rae’s Jewelry
Catering:Table of Plenty (Martin Wages)
Cakes: Taylor Made Cakes
DJ: Ronnie Rainey

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That’s me.

That’s me.

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Dane and Jacquelyn by Blake McCollum

What is every girl's dream? Minus puppies, a beautiful family, and to travel the world, it would obviously be their Pinterest board coming to life. And that is EXACTLY what happened to Jacquelyn on her engagement session. I have known Dane since literally middle school and watched him grow up (that made me feel old) and he has grown into an amazing young man and has an amazing young lady to spend forever with. Okay back to the Pinterest story.... Jacquelyn knew Dane and herself would be doing engagement photos in Mississippi so she decided to search Pinterest for inspiration ideas. As we were chatting Dane told me she showed him some of the photos that she liked. And Dane casually told her, "Oh yeah, Blake took those!" (at this time she didn't know who I was or knew I had any connection with those specific photos) IT GETS BETTER!!! There was one specific post that she liked (I have already decided locations of the session the day before) as she described the photo I finally realized which specific dock she was talking about and realized we were actually going to that exact same location that afternoon to end their session. Internet works in funny ways sometimes. So glad I was able to be a part of these special people's special moment in their lives. Congrats, Dane! Jacquelyn you handled Mississippi like a pro! 

Okay enough with Pinterest stories. Here are the photos. 

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Jessica and Ty | Wedding by Blake McCollum

Ever since Jessica and I sat down at her consultation last year to discuss her big day I have been genuinely excited to be a part of it. She described her big day in detail from the flowers, dresses and cakes to the venue perfectly, and man was it fun to photograph! I have known Jessica for quite some time now but unfortunately had never been lucky enough to get her in front of my camera. Until we did a gorgeous Columbus, MS engagement session where I met their four legged child, Dash. All three who were natural in front of a camera. Fun loving, carefree, gorgeous, and just a pleasure to be around since day one. Their beautiful wedding day was amazing to be a part of from the wedding itself to the people involved, everyone and everything was perfect. 

Kelly and Colby | Wedding by Blake McCollum

I remember the first time I met Colby and Kelly for their wedding consultation here at my studio. Cool and friendly from the get go. They also had their new pup join us. She was just a few weeks old at the time; you can see their family portrait below from the engagement session a few weeks later. But it wasn't long before this pup mistaked my artificial turf (I photograph athletes in the studio on it) for real turf during her bathroom break. Call me soft but I couldn't even be mad at a dog so cute. However, it makes for a good story and definitely an unforgettable moment - like Colby and Kelly's wedding day.... but way less "crappy". It was a beautiful day filled with great weather and great people. Congrats to Mr. and Mrs. Ponder. 

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