Mija & Taylor – Grand Rapids Wedding Photographer

Time to share Mija and Taylor’s beautiful wedding with you!  They were married on the lovely grounds of Camp Hiawatha in Deer River.  It was one of the prettiest locations for a wedding!  We were surrounded by big open areas and tall, mature pines.  Not only were the grounds beautiful, but we also had a lovely view of Deer Lake.  I had fun walking around with Mija and Taylor because everywhere we turned it was so pretty.  I’m so thankful the rain that was in the forecast didn’t amount to anything.  Whew!

Mija and Taylor had so many friends and family that came out to witness the ceremony and to celebrate afterwards.  You can tell there is a deep connection and love between them all.  There were many smiles, tears and hugs being exchanged throughout the day.  Especially at the reception when Taylor and Mija brought out a special custom cake they had made just for his grandma.  Everyone sang “Happy Birthday” to her and exchanged more smiles, tears and hugs.  It was so sweet!

One other thing that I should mention is how awesome Taylor did.  He was fighting a horrible virus.  He was such a trooper when it came time for pictures and the ceremony.  We made him take little breaks so he wouldn’t get too exhausted, but he kept up with everything.  I’m so glad he did, because I’m absolutely in love with all the images from their beautiful day!

Mija and Taylor, thank you for inviting me along to photograph such a memorable and special day.  I can’t wait for you to see the rest of your images!  Here is just a sneak peek to get you by for a few more days.  🙂

Photographer: Purrington Photography
Ceremony Venue: Camp Hiawatha – Deer River
Reception Venue: The Sawmill Inn – Grand Rapids
Officiant: Pastor Jay Pepin
Wedding Gown: Formalities – Bemidji
Shoes: Walmart – Mother of bride dazzled them up
Hair and Makeup: Jj Snell from Salon Brad
Bridesmaid Dresses: Formalities – Bemidji
Men’s Formalwear: Pants are from Duluth Trading Company, shirts are from JcPennys, and shoes are from Clarks.com
Stationary (invites, programs, etc): Made by Bride and Mother of the Bride
Florist: Blue Iris – Grand Rapids
Event Designer: Brides Family and the Groom
Other Rentals: Lefty’s for the tent
Catering : Sawmill Inn – Grand Rapids
Cake: How Sweet It Is Cakes – Duluth
DJ: High NRG – Grand Rapids

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Bri and Ben – Bemidji Wedding Photographer

Happy Sunday, everyone!  I have another gorgeous wedding to share with you!  I know many of you have been anxious to see images from Bri and Ben’s special day, so here they are!

One thing I loved about this wedding was all the pink! If you don’t know by now, I LOVE PINK! And that’s exactly what this bride brought to her wedding. Lots of pink! She also brought my other favorite thing…


Any day when I’m surrounded by pink and sparkles is a good day. 🙂

Bri not only brought sparkles to her wedding decor, but she also brings a sparkle to any room when she walks in. She’s the type of person who has a smile and personality that make you feel like you’re instantly friends when you meet. She is just a beautiful girl full of happiness and kindness. She does truly sparkle, and it has been fun getting to know her.

Ben is such a lucky guy to have this princess by his side. They truly are meant for one another, and I’m so thankful that I was able to be there to document their special day.

Congratulations, Bri and Ben! I wish you the best as your fairy tale unfolds!

Photographer: Purrington Photography
Ceremony Venue: St. Philips Catholic Church
Reception Venue: The Sanford Center Arena
Officiant: Father Chuck Huck
Wedding Gown: Jackie J’s Bridal and Formal Wear Moonlight Collection
Veil: Jackie J’s Bridal and Formal Wear in Alexandria, MN
Shoes: Kate Spade
Hair: Samantha Fanfulik at Superior Styles
Makeup: Laura Evavold at Faces by Laura
Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Angelou
Men’s Formalwear: Patterson’s
Stationary: Etsy
Floris: Ally Bauerfeld with Poppy Lane
Center Pieces and Gold Linens: Brooke Conlin Floral Styling and Design
Catering: The Sanford Center
Cake and Cupcakes: Luekens
DJ: Wes Newell from ntertainment
Favors: Sweet tart candy and cups from Etsy


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Nicole and Matt – Bemidji Wedding Photographer

If you’re interested in checking out an amazingly gorgeous Bemidji wedding, you’ve come to the right blog!  Nicole and Matt’s wedding was just that…amazingly gorgeous!

We started the day at Hampton Inn where Nicole got ready.  Since the reception was also at the Hampton Inn, it gave me a chance to peek in the ballroom to see what Debbie and Robin from Panache Events were up to for the reception decor and design.  I admit…I got a little giddy when I went into the room.  There were so many pretty things to photograph!  Panache did not disappoint!  They took navy and peach to a whole new level!  The room was adorned in flowers and sparkles…my favorites!  It is always great to work with those ladies!

It’s also always great to work with Heidi Walberg from Salon Sashay.  She was the artist that did hair and makeup for the lovely bride.  Nicole looked beyond stunning!  I was pretty giddy when I saw her too.  There were just so many stunning things to photograph that day!

We decided to do the first look and all of the photos at Nicole and Matt’s house.  I was excited about the idea since they have a farm with pretty alfalfa fields and outbuildings.  New places are always fun for me!  Nicole also wanted to surprise her soon-to-be hubby with bringing out his treasured tractor for some of the pictures.  I’m so glad they did!  It made their images even more personal and unique.  We had so much fun!  Even though the groom had a sore back, you would never have guessed it with looking through all of their images.  He did such a great job with all the poses!

After pictures, Nicole and Matt were married at St. Philips and continued back to the Hampton Inn to celebrate.  One of my favorite photographic moments of the day was when they let me sneak them outside for a few minutes around sunset for more pictures.  The sunset was amazing and those images are some of the most beautiful from their day.  I just love it when brides and grooms are up for more pictures!!!

Nicole and Matt, congratulations on your beautiful day!  I love that you choose me to be part of it!  I look forward to seeing you both again…SOON!  😉

Photographer:  Purrington Photography
Reception Venue: Hampton Inn 
Event Designer: Panache 
Florals:  Panache 
Bouquets: Netzers
DJ: Wes with Ntertainment
Officiant: Father Don Braukmann
Wedding Gown: Posh Bridal, Enzoani Blu Ivan 
Veil: Posh Bridal, Erica Koesler 
Shoes: Benjamin Adams
Hair and Makeup: Heidi Walberg at Salon Sashay 
Wedding Rings: Wimmer’s, Fargo ND
Bridesmaid Dresses: Your Day By Nicole, Fargo ND
Men’s Formalwear:  Macy’s 
Stationary: Ink Spot
Cake: Luekens 
Favors: Paul Bunyan and Babe chocolates from Chocolates Plus 


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Cassandra and Matt – Bemidji Wedding

Cassandra and Matt…the kind of couple that is just as beautiful on the inside as they are on the out, and that’s saying a lot!  Their wedding was abundant in faith, family, friends and love.  One of their greatest desires for their special day was to make sure all of their guests felt important and had a good time.   From what I saw, they definitely accomplished just that.

Their ceremony was held at Calvary Lutheran in the grove area.  It was the first wedding they have ever held down there, and it was absolutely amazing!  I love outdoor weddings, and this location did not disappoint.  Tall, towering pines lined up in the background and fields cascaded away in the opposite direction.  It was the perfect place to hold a beautiful event and celebration of love and faith.

There were many amazing vendors that helped make this wedding day dream become a reality, and I hope you take a moment to look through the list of them below.  Another huge mention I need to make is to the bride’s mother, Nancy.  She took all of Cassandra’s ideas and made them happen.  From the decorated walkway to the ceremony site, to the Welcome sign with personalized magnets, to the homemade photobooth, just to name a few.  Read what Cassandra wrote about her mom.

“Nancy Schram went above and beyond to make our wedding day something that most brides dream about.  I don’t know how I got blessed with such an amazing mother.”

Cassandra and Matt, you two are absolutely amazing!  I feel blessed to have been the one to document such a beautiful love and celebration.  God bless you in this new life together, and I look forward to seeing where He takes you!

Photographer: Purrington Photography
Ceremony Venue: Calvary Lutheran Church Grove, Bemidji, MN
Reception Venue: Sanford Center Ballroom, Bemidji, MN
Officiant: Rev. Genelle Netland and Rev. Nathaniel Bendorf
Florist: Personal flowers: KD Floral; Decorative floral: Panache Event Planning
Event Designer: Panache Event Planning
Wedding Gown: Designer: Kitty Chen, Style: June; purchased at Allen Evans Bridal, Moorhead, MN
Veil: Cathedral length lace trimmed veil from Allen Evans Bridal, Moorhead, MN
Shoes: Kelly & Katie Jess Pumps from DSW
Hair and Makeup: Hair: Mother of the bride, Nancy Schram; Makeup: Bride, Cassandra Schram — Younique with Cassandra Jean
Wedding Rings: Ravenrock Jewelry, Bemidji,MN
Bridesmaid Dresses: original design by Kelly Schultz
Men’s Formalwear: Patterson’s Menswear
Stationary: Nancy Schram — Schram Design Team
Ceremony Chairs: Northern Event Rental / Reception Chairs: The Party Store
Catering : Sanford Center
Cake: Cupcakes by Marketplace Foods
DJ: Ntertainment, Bemidji, MN
Belgian Horses: Wendall Knutson
Wagon: Go & Whoa Harness Club of Bemidji
Favors: Magnets made by bride, mother of bride and maid of honor

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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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