Saphire and Blake – Thief River Falls Wedding Photographer

Saphire and Blake’s wedding day was a complete dream come true!  It took place in Thief River Falls at their good friend’s home on the river.  It was such a beautiful setting and the perfect location to take their wedding over the top!  The grounds were overflowing with trees, bushes, color and gorgeousness!  I especially loved how they had the river as their ceremony backdrop!

If you know Saphire and Blake, you know they are creatives.  This was so evident in their details.  One of my favorite details was the head table at the reception.  The groom owns a business called Northern Roots Furniture and Design.  He actually designed and built their table!  It was so pretty and special!

When we were taking pictures of the girls getting ready, I spotted a gorgeous red couch in the living room.  I asked the sweet lady whose house we were using if it would be possible to use it for some pictures outside.  It was the perfect color, and I got giddy imagining how amazing it would be in some of the images.  She actually agreed to let us use it!  It had belonged to her grandma and was over 100 years old, and she still let us use it!  I am SOOOOO thankful that she did, because it really took some of the images to a whole new level.

Saphire slipped into her second dress between the ceremony and grand entrance.  It gave us a chance to take some sunset photos with a another GORGEOUS look.  These were some of my favorites.  She wore a floral crown that matched her bouquet.  It was so romantic and earthy and went along perfectly with the setting and her theme.

The love Saphire and Blake have for each other is so strong and true.  It is evident in everything they do.  It’s couples like this that make my job so rewarding.

Saphire and Blake, it has been such a privilege getting to know you both.  You make such a beautiful and sweet married couple!  I wish you the best always!

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Photographer: Purrington Photography
Ceremony and reception Venue: Private land in Thief River Falls MN
Florist: Halls Floral Thief River Falls MN
Wedding Gown: Matthew Christopher
Shoes: TJ Maxx
Hair: Julia Jones
Makeup artist: Bride
Wedding rings: Ken K Thompson Bemidji
Bridesmaid dresses: The Dessy Collection from Formalities
Men’s formalwear: Jim’s Formal from Formalities
Stationary: Simply to Impress
Catering: David Lee Catering Thief River Falls
Tent: Northern Event Rentals
Ceremony Arch: Bride’s friend
Cake and cupcakes: Leah Walker (groom’s mother)
DJ: The Outsiders
Sweetheart table: By groom with Northern Roots Furniture and Design
Signs: Kristin Redd


Arianna & Nick – Bemidji Photographer

Arianna.  The little girl I used to know.  The little girl that has somehow grown up into such a beautiful woman.  It’s amazing how fast the years fly by.  I remember when I first started out in photography back in 2008, her family was one of my first “test subjects”.  Even though my work was very novice back then, they’ve stuck with me ever since!  It has been such a privilege to photograph such a beautiful, growing family over the last decade.

Arianna is adorable.  She’s a girl that knows what she wants.  To the point that before she even met her husband, she had already picked out her wedding dress and me as her wedding photographer.  Now that is decisive and efficient!  Lucky for Nick, when she met him, she knew what she wanted, and he was it!

After Arianna and Nick started dating, she made sure to keep me updated on their relationship status.  I was so happy for her when she texted me her exciting news!  She wasn’t quite sure when the wedding date was going to be, we just knew that I needed to be there.

And I was there.

And WOW.  She was just WOW. A beauty on the inside and out.

They choose to do a very small ceremony on  a little beach here in Bemidji.  The only attendees were close family…and me.  I love my job.  I love being the one who gets to document and be involved in so many special and intimate moments in a person’s life.  My favorite time with them was after the ceremony as we were taking their first pictures as husband and wife.  They were so happy and so in love.  They are definitely an easy couple to photograph.  They are so natural in front of the camera and so comfortable together.  They also love to have fun!  I am so excited with the images were were able to create!  The weather and everything was so perfect for their evening!

Arianna and Nick, I pray God’s blessings on your new life together!  Thank you for letting me be your photographer, and I look forward to see what the Lord does in your life!  *hugs*

A North Shore Wedding at Bluefin Bay

The North Shore is one of the most gorgeous locations in Minnesota!  It sits along the shoreline of Lake Superior, the largest freshwater lake in the world.  It is miles and miles of absolute beauty.

Since it is an area that I love so much, you can imagine my excitement when Chelsea and Aaron told me they were getting married there!  My head just started spinning with ideas for their pictures!

Their outdoor ceremony was by the lake at Bluefin Bay in Tofte.  It was a  perfect fit for their natural, laid back and whimsical styled wedding.  Lake Superior made an extraordinary backdrop to their intimate ceremony.  It also made the best background for so many of their images!  We were able to get to all of our locations within just a few minutes.

One of my favorite moments of their day is when we snuck out of their reception for sunset photos.  Temperance River made an epic location for their picture finale!  Their first moments as husband and wife were spent walking together along the river, dancing and cuddling for pictures and skipping rocks onto the lake at sunset.  It was so romantic!

Everything about their day seemed so genuine.  They definitely nailed the natural, laid back and whimsical style!  They love the outdoors, and I love that they made it such an intricate part of their day.

Congratulations, Chelsea and Aaron!  I love that you two met at a wedding (Thanks, Brent and Brittany!) and finally got to have one of your own!  It was a spectacular day, and you two make a spectacular couple!  I wish you both the best!

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Huge shout out and thanks to all the vendors that helped make this day so perfect!

Photographer: Purrington Photography
Ceremony venue: Bluefin Bay Resort
Reception venue: Surfside Ballroom
Event manager: Jessica Hupler
Wedding gown: Casablanca Bridal from Formalities in Bemidji
Veil:  Formalities in Bemidji
Shoes: Jellypop
Hair: Shanna Dahle from Polished Salon & Day Spa in Beaver Bay, MN
Makeup artist: Katelin Frey
Wedding Rings: Ken K. Thompson
Bridesmaid dresses: Davids Bridal
Men’s Formalwear: Formalities in Bemidji
Stationary: Shutterfly and DIY save the dates
Florist: Terra Bella Floral & Gifts in Grand Marais, MN
Catering: Bluefin Bay Resort
Cake & cupcakes: Precious & Sweet Cakes by Lisa Waldron in Warroad, MN

Bemidji Wedding Photographer – Sarah and Ty

It is time to share Sarah and Ty’s BEAUTIFUL wedding day with you!  They are one of the funnest couples, always ready to laugh and have a good time!  I love that their entire day reflected just that!

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The dress Sarah choose for her wedding day was stunning!  She found it at the Wedding Parlour in Grand Rapids.  I love the three tiers of lace that make up her train!  She also choose a cute pair of Toms as her footwear.  She loved how comfortable they were!
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It is always fun to see how a bride customizes gifts for her besties!  Sarah got each of the bridesmaids personalized glasses to sip tasty beverages from as they were getting ready in the morning.  Of course we had to get a picture of them before she got into her dress!
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The image below was one of the most creative ideas I’ve seen a bride incorporate into her wedding photos.  Sarah had a picture along that was taken of her mother on the day she was married.  Sarah wanted to capture an image of her holding the picture.  How cool is that?!  I then decided that we had to take one of Sarah just like the one of her mom.  I LOVE how it turned out!  Two beautiful brides!

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One tradition that has really made it’s way into weddings lately is a gift or letter exchange.  The bride and groom send each other a card with a special message to read when they’re getting ready in the morning.  It’s a fun way to get excited about all the events that are about to unfold.  It’s also a really special way to remind each other of what the entire day is really about…your love.

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This right here is one of Sarah and Ty’s favorite moments of the day.  The first look.  The anticipation of seeing each other was almost too much.  There was so much emotion just in this small space of time.  It is always such a privilege to document moments like these.  It’s just real and raw emotion.

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Sarah and Ty’s reception room looked AH-MAZING!  Events and Interiors by Design teamed up with KD Floral to create this beautiful and clean look.  It was so classy and fresh!  I especially adored the hanging greenery!  Also, make sure to check out the wedding dress that was displayed below.  That was Sarah’s grandmother’s wedding dress!

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I think my favorite detail from the reception had to be the champagne glasses.  It wasn’t just because they were beautiful, but because there was something else that made them really special.  They were the same champagne glasses that Sarah’s grandparents had used on their wedding day.  It was such a precious way to honor her grandparents and have them as a part of her day!

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Sarah and Ty were blown away when they walked into their reception room for the first time.  They couldn’t believe how gorgeous it was!  Events and Interiors by Design and KD Floral never cease to amaze!  Raphael’s Bakery also did an amazing job with the donut table!  Delicious doesn’t even begin to describe how yummy they were.  Just ask Sarah and Ty!  You can see which ones below that they chose for their “cake cutting”!

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Now onto the funnest part of the evening!  I’m not sure if any of you are familiar with Deuces Wild Dueling Pianos, but this was my first experience with them.  I remember Sarah mentioning them several times very enthusiastically when we would discuss her timeline and plans for her day.  Now I can see why.  I’m the kind of person that really likes to laugh.  I had no idea I could laugh so hard!  These guys were beyond talented and beyond hilarious.  I literally cried from laughing so hard!  If you have never seen them perform before, you NEED to add one of their shows to your bucket list!

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And last but not least, the sunset photos…

These are the images that are always the most beautiful and romantic.  If you are planning on getting married, please consider sneaking away from your reception for a quick minute to capture these.  The last moments before the sun sets gives us photographers such amazing opportunities with the lighting.  It is also a special moment to take a deep breath after the busyness of the day.  A deep breath, a sigh and a kiss as husband and wife in front of your first sunset together.

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Sarah and Ty, thank you SO much for choosing me to capture your beautiful day.  I loved your energy and joy!  You two are such an amazing couple, and I wish you the best!

Also, here’s a shout out to all of the awesome vendors they choose to help make their day complete!

Photographer: Purrington Photography
Ceremony Venue:
Calvary Lutheran Church, Bemidji, MN
Reception Venue at Catering:
Sanford Center Lakeside, Bemidji, MN
Officiant: Rev. Genelle Netland
KD Floral
Event Designer:
Events and Interior by Design
Wedding Gown and Veil:
Wedding Parlour in Grand Rapids
Hair: Kari at
Hair Teasers
Makeup: Samantha Baker
Wedding Rings:
Ken K Thompson
Bridesmaid Dresses and Men’s Formalwear:
Raphaels Bakery
Live Entertainment:
Deuces Wild – Dueling Pianos
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Jessy & Matt BWB Bemidji Minnesota Outdoor Wedding Photographer

Meet Jessy and Matt.  They are high school sweethearts that met through cross-country ski practice and continued to develop their relationship through their love for being outdoors, whether it was rollerblading or hiking.  If you know them, you know that they are a fun couple that love to laugh!  Their wedding day was full of such silliness and love.

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Jessy and Matt were thinking about not seeing each other until the ceremony, but ended up changing their minds.  I’m so glad they did!  The First Look was such a special moment!  Here is what Jessy had to say about it:

“When I first came to Purrington, I was dead set on no photos before the wedding. I wanted the first time Matt (and everyone else) to see me to be walking down the aisle. However, as Kristen sent out schedules comparing time frames, I realized how much empty time there was for the guests to allow pictures after the ceremony. And, although I didn’t think Matt would have any opinion on the matter, he was actually really supportive of the first look. By doing the first look and then the rest of bridal party and family photos before before the ceremony, we were able to spend the social hour before the meal ACTUALLY socializing with our guests which Matt and I both loved.  The first look actually turned out to be one of the most special photography moments of the day. I was just as excited to see him all done up as he was to see me!”


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Jessy looked absolutely elegant in her gown from Formalities.  I loved the pink undertones beneath the intricate lace.  Her flowers brought it all together with matching hues of whites and pinks.  KD Floral never ceases to impress me with their bouquets!

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You’ve heard me say it over and over again.  Yet I’m going to say it once more.  BWB Ranch Party Venues is such a GORGEOUS location for a wedding! I was so excited when Jessy told me they booked their ceremony and reception there.  Not only do they have the most beautiful acreage for pictures, but having both the ceremony and reception at the same location gave Jessy and Matt additional time for pictures and to spend with their friends and families.  It worked out great!  If you are planning an outdoor wedding near Walker, Bemidji, or Laporte, PLEASE make sure to check out this beautiful location!  I’m so glad Jessy and Matt did!

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This was one classy looking bridal party!  The guys looked very sharp in their attire from Express.  The bridesmaid’s mismatched peacock blue dresses were absolutely gorgeous!  One of the coolest details of their “look” was the groom’s tie.  Jessy and Matt had a difficult time finding one that would match the unique color of the bridesmaid’s dresses, so they sought out the help of artist Ashley Dedin in Fargo.  She owns an Etsy shop called Aendee and takes old shirts and makes them into accessories.  How cool is that!  It took her a couple of weeks to find just the right material to match the peacock blue, but she did it!  I love that Matt had a custom made tie!  It’s now his new favorite tie, and I can see why!

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Matt completely adores Jessy.  It was very apparent when they read their vows that they had personally written.  They then folded them up and nailed them in a box.  They each had their own hammer.  There was a bigger masculine one and a cute little pink one.  I assumed that the little pink one was for the bride, so you can imagine my surprise when she grabbed the big one leaving the groom to pick up the little pink one!  It was hilarious!  Everyone loved it, and Matt went right along with it.  Like I said, this couple is full of surprises and having fun.  They love to laugh and make others laugh!  Every detail of their ceremony reflected such a genuineness, from the laughter to the tears.

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I love Jessy and Matt’s guest book just below on the right!  It was such a cool idea, and the guests did a great job signing it!  Definitely something special to display in their home!

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Congratulations, Matt and Jessy!  It was such an honor to be your photographer!  You accomplished a beautiful event and celebration that completely reflected who you are as a couple!

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Photographer: Purrington Photography
Ceremony and Reception Venue: BWB Ranch Party Venues
Officiant: Genelle Netland
Florist: KD Floral
Catering and Donuts: Prairie Bay from Nisswa, MN
DJ: Wes Newell from Ntertainment
Wedding Gown: Casa Blanca from Formalities
Hair: Emily Monda and Emily Theroux
Makeup: Cleo Weigle
Bridesmaid Dresses: Azazie in peacock
Groom’s Custom Made Tie: Aendee on Etsy
Men’s Formalwear: Express
Stationary: Shutterfly
Favors: Personalized magnets and chocolates with pictures

Bemidji MN Winter Wedding Photographer – Purrington Photography

It’s not often I hear that a bride and groom were first set up to meet each other by their fathers. Sometimes you hear about friends setting couples up or even siblings or moms, but I’ve never heard about dads doing the matchmaking. Well, that’s exactly what happened with Lynnea and Jake.

Lynnea’s dad saw Jake at church one Sunday and thought he looked like a nice guy. He decided to approach Jake’s dad with the fun idea of getting their two kiddos together. They both agreed that it had to be done. Even though Lynnea was living in South Carolina, introductions were made as soon as she was home for the summer. Jake and Lynnea hit it off and their love grew over long distance. It didn’t take them too long to realize that they were meant for each other. Before they knew it, an engagement was set and wedding plans were in motion. Who knew that dads could be such good matchmakers!

Jake and Lynnea were married on December 31st. It was such a beautiful winter day! Snow had fallen and was still lightly falling. We had such picturesque weather for that time of year. I was so impressed with Jake and Lynnea and their willingness to go out in the cold for some of the pictures. I knew they were uncomfortable, but those images were some of my favorite winter wedding images yet. Their bridal party and family were even willing to go outside for a few! It was such a great group to work with! We were able to get such beautiful images in the snow. You’ll see when you scroll through below.

Lynnea and Jake’s wedding was full of love for the Lord and love from their families. It was such a privilege to be a part of such a beautiful celebration.

Congratulations, Lynnea and Jake! I’m beyond happy for you……………and your dads! 🙂

Photographer: Purrington Photography
Ceremony Venue: Evangelical Free Church of Bemidji
Reception Venue: Evangelical Free Church of Bemidji
Consultant: Bonnie Lundorff
Officiant: Bruce Kaehne
Wedding Gown and Veil: Formalities
Shoes: Style & Co
Hair: Kelcie Maggert from Hair Teasers
Makeup: Marissa Jackson
Wedding Rings: Security Jewelers Duluth
Bridesmaid Dresses: Formalities
Men’s Formalwear: Patterson’s Bemidji
Stationary: Kristina Hendrickson
Florist: Netzer’s Floral Bemidji
Catering: Tim Trosen
Cake: Lueken’s Village Foods

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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
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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