Chelsea and Justin – Leopold’s Garden Wedding

I have another BEAUTIFUL wedding to share with you!  This was a gorgeous one filled with sparkles and glam!

This was my first time at Leopold’s Mississippi Gardens.  It was a pretty venue on the inside and out, especially with views of the scenic Mississippi River as a backdrop.  It was the perfect place for Chelsea and Justin to exchange their vows and celebrate with loved ones!

I’ve had several opportunities to work with the bride’s family over the last few years.  It is always fun to hang out with this crew.  If you know Chelsea, you know what I mean.  And it’s easy to see after getting to know her groom, that he fits right in.

One of my favorite details from the wedding (even though there were so many) were the groom’s socks!  That’s right!  His socks!  His lovely bride surprised him on their wedding day with socks that had beagles on them.  Why beagles?  Because they have an adorable little beagle named Bugal that was not able to attend their special event.  It was a sweet way to have him there for the festivities.

Congratulations, Chelsea and Justin!  Thank you for letting me be a part of such a special and magical day!

Photographer: Purrington Photography
Ceremony and Reception Venue: Leopold’s Mississippi Gardens
Consultant: Erin Hegedus Event Consultant @ Leopold’s Mississippi Gardens
Officiant: Family Friend of Groom – Pastor John Nelson
Florist: Custom Floral Design
Event Designer: Liisa’s Rentals – Decorator
Wedding Gown: The Wedding Shoppe
Veil: The Wedding Shoppe
Shoes- Heels: Formalities (Bemidji, MN) Reception Sneakers: Keds
Hair and Makeup: Spa Beauty Agency – Ilaria Salciccia – Head Artist
Wedding Rings : Shane Company
Bridesmaid Dresses: The Wedding Shoppe
Men’s Formalwear: Savvi Formalwear
Stationary (invites, programs, etc): Invites & Save the Date Magnets – Shutterfly
Catering : Mintahoe Catering
Cake: Buttercream
DJ: Instant Request


Kailee and Danny – Bemidji Photography

Kailee and Danny were so fun and so full of smiles and laughs all day long!

We started the day at their beautiful family farm up in Clearbrook.  It was the same location we did their engagement pictures at this past January.  Brrrrr…It was so cold in January!  But the cold was okay to put up with since we got to be chauffeured around on snowmobiles by Danny and Kailee’s dad!  Her dad was such an amazing help at their engagement session and their wedding day!  Thankfully their June wedding did not require snowmobiles and snow boots!

I’m glad we were able to do all of the formals at the family farm.  It gave us a beautiful variety for backgrounds and also an opportunity to take pictures at the same romantic location that Danny proposed at.

We were also able to end their day with sunset pictures out on Lake Bemidji.  (You might even notice the “behind the scenes” picture of me working.)  I really love how these turned out!  We had such amazing light all day!

I recently e-mailed Kailee asking her how their experience was working with me on their wedding day.  I was blown away to receive back such a sweet review.

“We are so thankful that we chose Kristen as our photographer! The amount of detail she puts into every moment working with you is amazing. She makes everyone feel comfortable and makes it a fun experience! It is so nice being able to initially develop a relationship with Kristen at your engagement session and continue to plan throughout the months leading up to the wedding day. It makes you feel like you have known her for years!”

Wow!  Thanks, Kailee!  I could easily say the same thing about you and Danny!  You were so fun to be around, and I did feel like I had know you both for years!  Thank you for choosing me to be your photographer and to spend the day with you capturing so many sweet moments!  Congratulations to you both!

Photographer: Purrington Photography
Ceremony Venue: Trinity Lutheran Church (Bemidji, MN)
Reception Venue: Hampton Inn & Suites (Bemidji, MN)
Officiant: Rev. Robert Wentzel
Wedding Gown: Formalities – Bemidji, MN
Veil: Formalities – Bemidji, MN
Hair: Heidi Johnson (Clearbrook, MN)
Wedding Rings: Kay Jewelers
Bridesmaid Dresses: Formalities – Bemidji, MN
Men’s Formalwear: Men’s Wearhouse
Other Rentals: Liisa’s Rentals (Clearbrook, MN)
Catering : Hampton Inn & Suites (Bemidji, MN)
Cake: Rother’s Just Desserts (Bemidji, MN)

Anna and Sam – Bemidji Wedding Photographer

Congratulations, Anna and Sam!  Your day was fabulous and filled with so much love!

I am still in awe of the talent and involvement you, your family and your friends invested into making your day so special and worshipful.

Thank you for choosing me to be with you on your wedding and to capture all of the sweet emotional and cherished moments!


Photographer: Purrington Photography

Ceremony and Reception Venue: Evangelical Free Church of Bemidji

Officiant: Pastor Fred Martin

Catering: Minnesota Nice Cafe

Valerie and Ben – Bemidji Wedding Photographer

Sorry not sorry for the image overload that is about to unfold.  I don’t know how I could narrow down the images any more!

Valerie and Ben are such a beautiful and fun couple!  They’re the kind of people that you are drawn to and instantly become friends with.   This was quite apparent after seeing how many friends and family attended the wedding.  They were married at the Evangelical Church in Bemidji, and it was packed!

I was very thankful that Valerie and Ben invested the time in their photography schedule to stop at a couple of special locations.  The most romantic one was at Diamond Point Park.  They were able to see each other for the first time on their wedding day at the same spot where they had their first kiss.  It was Valerie’s favorite moment of the wedding day because it gave them a quiet moment together before the craziness of the rest of the day happened.  We also stopped at a beautiful property that featured an old white barn.  It was graciously offered to us and made a fun backdrop for the bridal party images.

After the ceremony we followed up with celebrating at the Beltrami County Fairgrounds.  I have never seen it so beautifully decorated!  It was the perfect setting for the rest of the evening that was filled with laughter and dancing.  This group really knew how to do both on an expert level!

Congratulations, Valerie and Ben!  Thank you for choosing me to be your photographer!  It was such an amazing day, and I loved every minute that I got to be with you two!  May God continue to bless you both and your new life together!


Photographer:  Purrington Photography

Ceremony Venue: Evangelical Church of Bemidji

Reception Venue: Beltrami County Fairgrounds

Consultant/coordinator: Morgan Weidemann

Officiant: Scott Graham

Wedding Gown: Formalities

Veil: Formalities

Shoes: David’s Bridal

Hair and Makeup: JCPennys and bride’s friend Meagan

Wedding Rings : Riddles Jewelry

Bridesmaid Dresses: Formalities

Men’s Formalwear: Patterson’s

Stationary (invites, programs, etc): Vistaprint, Ink Spot

Florist: Hobby Lobby

Event Designer: Many friends!

Other Rentals: Tables and chairs- Northern Rentals.

Catering : Tim Trosen

Cake: Rebecca Henry

DJ: Chrissy Nemecek

Walker MN Leech Lake Wedding Photographer

Photographer: Purrington Photography
Ceremony and Reception Venue: Northern Lights Casino Walker, MN
Officiant: Pastor Trisha Jorgenson from Salem Luthern Church Longville, MN
Wedding Gown: Wedding Shoppe Inc. St. Paul, MN
Hair and Makeup: Did my own Makeup and Hair done by Kaalene at Jenny’s Beehive Salon
Wedding Rings : Riddles Jewelers
Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal
Men’s Formalwear: Men’s Warehouse
Stationary (invites, programs, etc): Vistaprint
Florist: TJ’s Floral Walker, MN
Cake: Dani at Sweet Life Bakery Pequot Lakes, MN
DJ: Devin Lasher Lazyrobot from St. Cloud

Blakeley and Nick – Black Lantern Wedding Photographer

It was great to be back at the Black Lantern for another special event!  This time it was for Blakeley and Nick’s BEAUTIFUL wedding!

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Blakeley, her mom, sister and friends made these creative “Sending you s’more love” wedding favors that fit with their fun theme.  The adorable tags were purchased off of Etsy.  You can find the coolest things on that site!

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It’s probably difficult to see, but there is a cute little tree frog on the cabin above the dress.  We didn’t bother to move him…

Blakeley loved having her hair and makeup done first earlier in the day.  It gave her a chance to sit back, drink a mimosa, and enjoy watching everyone else getting ready.  I highly recommend doing it this way to all of my brides.  That way you don’t have to feel stressed and rushed as you get dolled up for the best day of your life!


She thought Nick would be the first to cry…but she beat him to it!

I know I mentioned this in their sneak peek, but he really adores his bride.  Every time he looked at her he seemed so twitterpated.

It is ALWAYS fun to vary the shades and colors of bridesmaid dresses!  I also love the popularity of the navy suits this year!  They are so dapper!

These two are blessed by an abundance of family and friends!

The Black Lantern is such a special place to get married!

Blakeley and Nick, your wedding turned out awesome!  I especially love how Nick stopped at the skate park the morning of after picking up the flowers!  The day was all about you two, and I loved all the details that made it that way.  I wish you the best in everything!

Ceremony and Reception Venue: The Black Lantern in Shevlin, MN
Officiant: Jack Greenwood (also a groomsman!)
Wedding Gown and Veil: LeAnne’s Bridal in Fargo, ND
Shoes: David’s Bridal, Bismarck ND
Hair: Madi Testa from Bismarck, ND
Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal, Bismarck ND
Men’s Formalwear: Hansen’s Menswear
Florist: Netzer’s Floral in Bemidji, MN
Other Rentals: Portable John for the bathroom trailer, Northern Tent Rentals, and Turtle River Chophouse in Bemidji, MN
Catering: Baker’s Place Catering in Bemidji, MN
Donuts: Raphael’s Bakery in Bemidji, MN
DJ: Extreme DJ
Favors: S’mores

Bemidji Country Club Wedding Photographer – Sarah and Ben

What a sweet couple!  Sarah and Ben’s day was absolutely gorgeous!  Bemidji Town and Country Club was the perfect location for all of their pictures and for their celebration!

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Sarah and Ben choose romantic shades of pinks interlaced with gold sparkles for all of their details and decor.

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I love it when the girls get matching robes!  It always makes for fun pictures!

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The bride and groom wrote letters to each other to read before the first look.  It was a special and romantic way to start their day.

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The first time they saw one another on their wedding day!

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The wildfires in Canada have been causing air quality alerts in our area.  The smoke that blew down from our northern neighbor actually provided a unique opportunity for pictures.  The haze it cast over Lake Bemidji was almost ethereal.  These images ended up being my favorite images from the day.

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Talk about a fun bridal party!  Ben and Sarah were surrounded by so many awesome friends and family on their special day.  These two are definitely loved!

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The Bemidji Town and Country Club looked beautiful for the reception!

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Golden hour pictures are always a must!!

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Congratulations, Sarah and Ben!  You two are a blast to hang out with, and it was an honor to be the one to capture your spectacular day!
Videographer: Tanner Solheim
Officiant: Doug Giese
Hair: Brittney at Hair Teasers Salon
Makeup: Kelsey Karns
Florist: Andra Vaughn
Cake: Judy Grundy
Wedding Rings: Ken K Thompson
Wedding Gown: The Wedding Shoppe
Bridesmaid Dresses: Azazie
Men’s Formalwear: Pattersons Bemidji