Chelsea and Travis – Bemidji Wedding Photographer

I am so excited to share this winterland wedding with you!  Congratulations, Chelsea and Travis!

Photographer: Purrington Photography
Ceremony and Reception Venue: Bride and Groom’s home in Laporte
Officiant: Paster Benjamin Zamzow
Wedding Gown and Veil: Formalities
Hair and Makeup: Anna and Jarica from Wildflower Colour Studio
Wedding Rings : Ken K Thompson
Stationary (invites, programs, etc): bride
Florist: bride
Event Designer: bride
Other Rentals: Party Store
Cake: Marketplace
DJ: Patrick Kiel, New Germany, MN
Favors: Etsy and chocolates from Amsterdam


Christina and Bill – Concordia Language Villages Wedding

It was so fun to be back at Concordia Language Villages for another wedding!  It is such a beautiful and unique venue nestled up here in the MN Northwoods.  It was special to Bill and Christina because they had spent many summers attending camp and working here.  It also happens to be where they met and fell in love.

I loved that their wedding was a weekend long celebration with friends and family.  Many of them came from far away to partake in the festivities.

Congratulations, Christina and Bill!  I’m so happy for you both!

Photographer: Purrington Photography
Ceremony and Reception Venue: Waldsee German Language Village of Concordia Language Villages
Officiant: Uncle of the groom, John Lalumiere
Wedding Gown: Elite Secrets Bridal in Baltimore MD
Hair and Makeup: Sister and friend of the bride, Zoe and Sterling Werfal
Wedding Rings: Kay’s Jeweler’s
Men’s Formalwear: Formalities Inc, Bemidji
Stationary (invites, programs, etc): Daeya Shealy, friend of the couple (and someone who does actually do this professionally)
Florist: Friends of the couple, Stephanie Forsland and help
Catering: Condordia Language Villages
Cupcakes: Raphael’s Bakery
Favors: Organized by the mother of the groom, Nancy, assisted by aunt and family friend, Bonnie Lalumiere and Mary Anna Bogdan and others

Emma and Austin Moose Lodge Lake Resort MN Wedding

Get ready for gorgeous overload!  Emma and Austin choose the BEAUTIFUL location of Moose Lake Resort for their ceremony and reception.  It was a perfect day filled with lots of smiles, laughs, and happy tears!

Congratulations, you two!  I had a blast hanging out with you and your families!

Photographer: Purrington Photography
Ceremony and Reception Venue: Moose Lake Resort
Officiant: Genelle Netland
Wedding Gown and veil: Our Shop, Stillwater
Hair: Hair Teasers, Bemidji
Makeup: Lucy Olson
Wedding Rings: Ken K Thompson
Men’s Formalwear: Formalities, Bemidji
Stationary (invites, programs, etc): Vistaprint
Other Rentals: Northern Event Rentals
Cake: Rothers Just Desserts
DJ: TJ at Ntertainment
Favors: Etsy

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

Jaci and Tanner – Ruttger’s Birchmont Lodge Wedding

I have been so excited to share this GORGEOUS wedding with you! Jaci and Tanner are such a sweet and fun couple! I had the privilege of knowing them and some of their family before they were engaged, so I was super stoked when they choose me to document their special day! I knew the wedding was going to be beautiful, and that the day was going to be spent with some of the coolest Bemidji people I know. 🙂

We started the day at Jaci’s grandparent’s house. It was a special location that we were so grateful to use. They are located right next to a park so it gave us the opportunity to capture images with a variety of backgrounds that were unique and sentimental.

Look at this beautiful bride!  Her dress is unlike any I’ve photographed before.  The lace detail on the back was amazing!

KD Floral never disappoints!  These florals were stunning!  I loved the variety of colors and textures!  They could not have been prettier!

I always love when a bride and groom get to see each other for the first time on their wedding day.  I like to give them a few minutes just to be together since the rest of the day will be so busy.  It’s such a special and sweet moment!


Jaci and Tanner chose to host their celebration at the newly remodeled Ruttger’s.  If you haven’t been there yet, you should definitely check it out.  It is a great location on Lake Bemidji with an appetizing menu.

And of course this awesome bride and groom left a little time in their schedule to take a stroll along Lake Bemidji at sunset.  SOOOO ROMANTIC!  The weather couldn’t have been better!


SPARKLERS!!!  Please consider this type of sendoff if you’re planning a wedding!  They were so much fun for the guests and the happy couple!

Photographer: Purrington Photography
Ceremony Venue: St. Philips Catholic Church Bemidji MN
Reception Venue: Ruttger’s Birchmont Lodge
Officiant: Father Chuck Huck
Wedding Gown: The White Room Minneapolis
Veil: The White Room Minneapolis
Shoes: Kate Spade
Hair and Makeup: Hair ( Hair Teasers ) Makeup ( The Skin Co. and Spa )
Wedding Rings : Ken K. Thompson
Bridesmaid Dresses: Dessy Group
Men’s Formalwear: Patterson’s
Stationary (invites, programs, etc): Champagne Press
Florist: KD Floral
Event Designer: Rocket Science Events
Other Rentals: Apres Event Decor ( Chairs, Silverware, plates, chargers, dinnerware, glasses) Milestone Event Rental, Cannon Falls ( Tent!! Tables ) Rocket Science Events ( linens and napkins )
Catering : Ruttger’s Birchmont Lodge
Cake: Cake and Cupcakes by Brittany Carlson
DJ: Three Six Sound ( Jason Hanson!! )
Favors: Popcorn Bar Kreative Kernels from Doug’s Supermarket Warroad MN

Olivia and Chase – Clearbrook Wedding Photographer

Here is a sneak peek at Chase and Olivia’s fun Clearbrook wedding!

Photographer: Purrington Photography
Ceremony Venue: Goodshepherd Lutheran Church Clearbrook MN
Reception Venue: Fireside, Bagley MN
Officiant: Pastor Bob Kirchman
Wedding Gown: Davids Bridal
Shoes: Davids Bridal
Wedding Rings : Helzburg, Ken K Thompson
Bridesmaid Dresses: Davids Bridal
Men’s Formalwear: Pattersons
Catering : Fireside
Cake: Raphaels Bakeryn
DJ: A-List

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)