Jasmin and Zach’s Bluewater Lodge Wedding in Walker MN

Time to share Jasmin and Zach’s beautiful Walker wedding with you! Both the ceremony and reception took place at the beautiful Bluewater Lodge located on Leech Lake.

I was so excited for this wedding! Jasmin chose a great team of vendors, and I knew it was going to be amazing when it all came together!

This wedding was full of elegance, glamour and fun. It was also full of love. From the moment they laid eyes on each other at the beginning of the day to the moment they kissed for their sunset pictures on the beach.

I hope you enjoy the few images I chose to post on this {sneak peek} blog post. It was so hard to narrow them down!

Congratulations, Jasmin and Zach! Thank you for the honor of photographing such a beautiful event and a beautiful couple! I wish you the best!

Photographer: Purrington Photography
Ceremony/reception: Bluewater Lodge
Officiant: Pastor Chris Conger
Event Designer: Events and Interiors by Design
Florist: KD Floral
Hair and makeup: Heidi Walberg from Salon Sashay
Wedding gown: Posh Bridal. Style: Allure Couture
Veil: Posh Bridal
Wedding rings: Ken K Thompson
Bridesmaid dresses: Your Day by Nicole
Cake: Rothers Just Desserts
Men’s formal wear: Pattersons
Stationary: Minted and Wedding Paper Divas
Catering: Iron Horse

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Lisa & JP’s Country Wedding in Northern MN

Get ready for this beautiful country wedding!  Lisa and JP became husband and wife in the beautiful meadows of her grandpa’s land!  Their gorgeous backdrop was a field full of summer flowers and a lake just beyond.  The setting was so peaceful and matched the beauty of the day and the details.

Lisa and JP live in North Carolina, so their wedding day was the first time I was able to meet them face to face.  What a sweet couple!  Lisa was all dolled up and ready to go as soon as I arrived.  She looked so pretty!  We drove to a barn and a daisy field just down the road to take their pictures.  The clouds rolled in at the most perfect time!  Normally I’m not able to photograph couples in a field in the bright sunlight, so we were so blessed to have the perfect cloudy day!

Lisa and JP, your wedding could not have been more beautiful!  Thank you for allowing me the privilege of capturing such a special and memorable day!  I wish you the best in your new life together!

Photographer:  Purrington Photography
Ceremony Venue: The Meadow (Grandparent’s land in Pinewood, MN)
Reception Venue: The House That Built Me (Mom’s house)
Officiant: Tricia Andrews Chickadee Ceremonies 
Wedding Gown: David’s Bridal 
Hair and Makeup: JCPenney Salon and Tanya Byer
Wedding Rings : Windsor Jewelers, Winston-Salem NC
Bridesmaid Dresses: Formalities, Bemidji MN
Men’s Formalwear: JCPenney
Stationary: Note Worthy
Florist: KD Floral, Bemidji MN 
Event Designer: Kathy Ehrenstrom 
Catering : Eagles, Bemidji MN & John Arhrens/Bob Fort
Cake: Leuken’s North, Bemidji MN 

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Mollie & Carl – Pumpkin Seed Farm in Bemidji Wedding

I’m so excited to share this wedding with you!  It is the first MORNING wedding I have ever photographed, and I loved it!  The bride and groom decided to get married on a Sunday morning and celebrated with their family and friends over a fun themed brunch afterwards!  This opened up a world of fun ideas and opportunities for details that you normally don’t see at weddings.

One of my favorite details was the wedding favors.  They were cute coffee mugs that Mollie’s mom and aunt had collected over the year.  The guests could choose any mug they wanted.  Some had Bible verses, some had jokes, some said Bemidji, MN.  There was such a fun variety.  After the guest picked out their mug they could take it over to the coffee station and fill it up and enjoy a fresh brew.  Mollie and Carl had fun seeing all the cups that each guest had chosen.

Another great detail that took a lot of time and heart was the table decorations.  Mollie’s grandmother is a collector of salt and pepper shakers.  After Mollie and Carl had made the seating chart for the reception, they picked out salt and pepper shakers that would identify with the people at each of the tables.  Nothing like a fun salt and pepper shaker to use on your yummy brunch!

These two have such a sweet and special story.  They are madly in love with each other but mostly with Jesus Christ.  It showed in everything throughout their day.  It was such an honor to be a part of their day and to spend time with them.  Such a beautiful couple on the inside and out!

As always, here’s a huge shout out to all of the vendors that helped make this event so awesome!
Photographer:  Purrington Photography
Ceremony Venue: Pumpkin Seed Farm in Bemidji, Minnesota
Reception Venue: Pumpkin Seed Farm in Bemidji, Minnesota
Consultant: Bride’s aunt Mary Frishman
Officiant: Anna Romuald, Ricky Melendez, and Joe Martin
Wedding Gown: A mermaid dress from a&be Bridal in Minneapolis
Shoes: Moccasins from Yellow Umbrella
Hair and Makeup: Bridesmaids
Wedding Rings: Jared Jewelers
Bridesmaid Dresses: All over the place. They had the option of choosing their own because all 8 of my bridesmaids are so different. So my environmentalist friend chose her dress that was made out of biodegradable material from a non-profit organization, while my high class friend with expensive taste chose a long, elegant dress. As long as they were all dark midnight navy blue, I wanted them to choose something that made them feel beautiful. Because I had such different personalities, no dress was exactly the same.
Men’s Formalwear: Kohls and Mens Wearhouse
Stationary (invites, programs, etc): Vista Print
Florist: KD Floral, Bemidji
Other Rentals: Northern Event Rentals
Catering: Bakers Catering, Bemidji
Cake: Donuts from Market Place Bemidji
Favors: Coffee Mugs from Seventh-day Adventist Community Clothing Center (Thrift Store)
Honeymoon: Cabo, Mexico at Sunset Beach Resort

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Heather and Zach’s Walker Wedding at Bluewater Lodge

Heather and Zach met their freshman year of college.  They were paired up as chemistry lab partners without realizing just how much chemistry they would have!  HA!  I love it!

It wasn’t too many years later that they were saying their “I dos” in the beautiful town of Walker MN.   And guess what?  Heather’s parents were married almost exactly 30 years before at the same church with the same officiant!  How cool is that!

Besides being huge sports fans, Heather and Zach also share a love for travel.  They love to experience new locations, new food and new cultures.  They decided to incorporate this love into all of their wedding details.  You’ll see what I mean as you as you browse through their images below.  There were many special touches they added to their event to make it personal and fun.

Heather and Zach, you two are an absolute blast to be around!  Thank you for choosing Purrington Photography to be a part of your day!

Also, a huge thank you to all the vendors that helped make their day amazing!  Here is what Heather had to say about all of you: “I could not have asked for a better day. Every part had it’s own touch that made it so special. All of the people that were hired to help in each way played their part perfectly. Catering, decorating, organizing, and every other thing imaginable was handled just the way I had hoped. I am so thankful for everyone that played a part no matter how big or small.”

Photographer:  Purrington Photography 
Ceremony Venue: Community Church of Walker
Reception Venue: Bluewater Lodge and Event Center
Officiant: Reverend Lynn Strandt, Community Church of Walker
Wedding Gown: The Wedding Shoppe, St. Paul, MN
Veil: The Wedding Shoppe
Shoes: David’s Bridal
Hair: Julie Freeman, Jenny’s Beehive Walker, MN
Makeup: Bridesmaid Larissa Kranz
Wedding Rings : Wixon Jewelers Bloomington, MN
Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal
Men’s Formalwear:  Men’s Wearhouse
Stationary (invites, programs, etc): Heather Osterberg, Bride
Florals and Decor: Panache Event Planning
Bouquets and Personal Arrangements: Abbi’s Floral, Bemidji MN
Other Rentals: Panache Event Planning, Bemidji MN
Catering : Prairie Bay, Brainerd MN
Cake: Mary Westphal, Hackensack MN
DJ: Jim Wandersee, Walker MN
Transportation: Ultimate Limo Brainerd
Favors: Heather Osterberg, Bride, Panache Event Planning, Bemidji MN
Accommodations: Bluewater Lodge, Country Inn and Suites, Chase on the Lake, Walker MN
Registries: Bed, Bath and Beyond, Target, Macy’s
Honeymoon:  Rome, Fall 2016
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Heather and Zach’s testimonial for Purrington Photography:

“I cannot express how thrilled I am to have had Kristen and her team with us on our special day. From day one while meeting her I knew she was going to be perfect. Her enthusiasm showed how much passion she truly has for her job. From our beginning consult to planning our schedule for the wedding day all the way to the sunset photos at the very end, I could not have asked for anything more. On our wedding day, Kristen made sure to stick to time and if I was having trouble making a decision on a photo pose or place to take one, she would help make that decision much easier with her suggestions. Both photographers were FUN to have around. They weren’t just bystanders, they were PART of the group 🙂 This makes everyone so much more comfortable and therefore makes it easier to be comfortable for pictures. The men also enjoyed all of their fun pictures. She made each one of those “tough guys” enjoy all the silly candid pictures as well. Overall I couldn’t have asked for a better day and with that a better photographer than Kristen and her team. 10 out of 10 for sure! There is no one that I would recommend more. Pictures were the most important thing on my list as far as what I was taking away from wedding. I trusted 110% that Purrington Photography would deliver. I was in no way disappointed and would love to have her shoot my family portraits someday. Thanks so much Kristen and team!!” -Heather and Zach

Lindsay and Joe – Russian Village Wedding at Concordia

Concordia Language Villages is always such a beautiful place to visit.  Each village is surrounded by the beauty of Northern Minnesota.  It is never difficult to find a pretty spot for pictures with all of the majestic trees and lush vegetation everywhere.

I had the honor of photographing Lindsay and Joe’s amazing wedding at the Russian Language Village.  This is the first event I’ve covered at this particular village, and I was not disappointed.  Not only are Lindsay and Joe full of character, but so is the lovely location they chose to start the rest of their lives together at.  You’ll see what I mean as you stroll through their gorgeous day below.

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Lea & Jonathan – A Bemidji Winter Engagement


Check out this fun winter engagement session!  We had plenty of snow and creative props!  Lea and Jonathan rocked their pictures, especially considering they made their way from sunny California for them.  The weather here in Bemidji warmed up to a toasty 19 degrees for us.  Even though they were shivering under their coats, you can’t even tell in the photos below.  Such troopers!


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