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!

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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!

THIS DRESS!!!

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

Heather and Chance – The Sanford Center Bemidji Wedding

I have another beautiful summer wedding on Lake Bemidji to share with you!  Heather and Chance had an amazing day celebrating their love!

Heather’s daughter wore this adorable little white dress!  I love how both dresses had such gorgeous detail and texture!

I always love the moment of the day when the bride and groom get to see each other for the first time!  It is such a sweet and emotional moment!

Such a cute family!

I love how Heather decided to incorporate different tones of pinks and golds into the bridesmaid’s dresses!  It added so much!

It is always fun to see how a bride and groom will incorporate their personalities into a wedding ceremony.  Chance and Heather choose to do a “unity beer” instead of the traditional unity candle.  Bemidji Brew provided two distinct beers that Heather and Chance choose to mix together.  It was such a creative idea that fit them so well!

I love PINK!  Especially pink weddings!

Congratulations, Heather and Chance!

Photographer: Purrington Photography
Ceremony and Reception Venue: The Sanford Center Bemidji
Officiant: Mike Ofstedal
Wedding Gown: Mori Lee
Hair and Makeup: Xstatic Salon
Wedding Rings: Ken K Thompson
Men’s Formalwear: Formalities
Florist: Netzer’s Floral
Event Designer: Liisa’s Rentals of Clearbrook
Cake: Ashley Fisher
DJ: A-List DJ

Rachel and Mitch – Bemidji Hampton Inn Wedding

It is always such an honor to be asked to photograph a wedding for the same family again, especially one as awesome as the Reise’s!  Mitch and Rachel’s beautiful wedding day started at his mom’s house.  I remember their home being gorgeous when I photographed Mitch’s sister’s wedding there a few years back.  Their mom is a master gardener and has the most beautiful landscaping and flowers!  It is a photographer’s dream for a wedding!

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wedding detailsKD Floral never ceases to amaze me with their beautiful work!  Rachel loved her bouquet!  It was exactly what she had envisioned for the day!

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The image below is Rachel reading a letter from Mitch moments before they were to see each other for the first time.  I love how you can see him waiting for her outside.

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Many times the bride and groom say their favorite part of the day is the first time they see each other.  This was true for Rachel.  She said,

“My favorite moment from the wedding was the first look.  I felt like there were so many things going on the day of the wedding but in that moment it really hit me that we would be spending the rest of our lives together.”

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I could not have asked for better weather for their wedding!  The overcast skies gave us amazing lighting for pictures on the lake!  It was so romantic!

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And there was even a daisy field!  Seriously, it could not have been a better day!

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Time for the breathtaking golden hour pictures!  S*T*U*N*N*I*N*G!

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Rachel and Mitch, thank you for giving me such a beautiful and sweet day to photograph! You two and your families are such a pleasure to be around! I’m so excited for you to see the rest of your images!

Photographer: Purrington Photography
Ceremony and Reception Venue: Hampton Inn
Officiant: Kevin Cease
DJ: ntertainment
Florist: KD Floral
Wedding Gown and Veil: Formalities
Shoes: Betsey Johnson
Hair: Heidi Walberg at Salon Sashay
Makeup: Katie Guthrie at Salon Sashay
Wedding Rings: John Thomas Jewelers – Albuquerque
Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal
Men’s Formalwear: Herbergers
Stationary: Minted
Catering: Green Mill
Cake: Lyndsay Ryan
Cupcakes: Lueken’s Village Foods

Kaitlyn and Dylan – Laporte Minnesota Lake Wedding Photographer

I have another beautiful lake wedding to share with you!  Kaitlyn and Dylan’s special day was spent at the Tin Cabin located on Garfield Lake in Laporte.  It is always fun to explore new areas for photography opportunities, and this area did not disappoint!  I love the variety of backgrounds it offered for all the pictures!

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Losing a loved one is heartbreaking, and even more so during such pivotal events like weddings.  Kaitlyn’s dad was not able to be at her wedding, but I love how she honored him during the ceremony.  Even though he wasn’t able to be there in person, he was there in heart.

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About 90% of my brides and grooms choose to see each other before the ceremony.  It gives them a sweet and intimate moment to be together during their busy day.  It also gives us an opportunity to get all the pictures done so they can jump right into celebrating with their friends and family after the ceremony.  Kaitlyn and Dylan choose to do something special for their First Look.  They wrote each other love letters and read them before turning to see each other for the first time.  It was such a romantic idea, and I loved the look on Dylan’s face when he saw his beautiful bride for the first time!

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I hope I’m not overwhelming you with pictures of the bride and groom!  I just had such a hard time narrowing down my favorites!

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It is special when you can find someone you know well to officiate your ceremony.  It adds a sweet and personal touch.  That was the case for Kaitlyn and Dylan.  In fact, their officiant knew them so well that he told them that they couldn’t use traditional vows.  They had to write their own because, “You’re both too creative; I want to see what you come up with on your own.”  That was a great idea!

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On my way to the wedding I found a daisy field close to the ceremony location.  I was so excited that Kaitlyn and Dylan were up for going to it for a few more pictures after their ceremony!  I think I love these images of them the most.  (Hence the reason that I’m posting so many.)

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Kaitlyn and Dylan, you two are awesome.  I love that you drove all the way up from Kansas for your engagement pictures and then again for your wedding!  I’m thankful for the opportunity I had to spend time with you, and I wish you the best!

Photographer: Purrington Photography
Ceremony and reception Venue: The Tin Cabin
Florist: Rose Hanna
Cake: The Groom and Luke Nicolay
Wedding Gown and Veil: The Dress Gallery
Hair and Makeup: Bride’s sisters
Wedding rings: Kay Jewelers Ever Us Collection
Bridesmaid dresses: David’s Bridal
Men’s formal wear: Men’s Wearhouse
Stationary: Minted Inc
Catering: The groom and bridal party
Officiant: Stephen Butler