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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!


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

My first wedding expo in Bemidji

I finally decided to do my first wedding expo.  I’ve been debating it for years, and I’m glad that I finally took the jump!  I had so much fun!

The first thing I had to do was figure out how to design my booth.  I wanted it to look professional and stylish.  I wanted it to reflect my photography and my personality.  I ran through tons of ideas before putting together my own little scribbles for a backdrop.  I then gave my scribbles to Chris Pollock from NCC.  He is amazing!  He turned my scribbles into reality!  He is a true craftsman.  I highly recommend him for any handyman job.  🙂

So, the next step was to paint my backdrop pink.  I hesitated at first since it was such a bright color, but then decided to go with my heart on the issue.  Pink it was!  And I loved it!  I then stenciled on my logo.  I decided to hang white curtains and lights in the corners to dress it up and make it feel like a living room.

The next project was the chaise lounge.  My aunt (the coolest aunt ever) gave me her chaise lounge after visiting her down in the cities.  I was so excited to customize the chaise to my booth, and I’m also so excited to use it in future photo shoots!  My mom ended up sanding and painting most of it.  Did you know that you can paint leather?  You use 2 parts paint to 1 part water.  The final result was beautiful.  I then stapled fabric over the cushion.  Easy to customize and change.  I also sewed pillow slipcovers with a fun black and white pattern that matched the runners on the front tables.

The setup went quick and flawless.  It was more amazing than I thought it would be.  It was so fun meeting all the brides, but I never imagined how fun it would be meeting all the vendors.  My booth was right next to one of the coolest guys I’ve ever met.  Brandon is a teacher/photographer/dj/silk screener.  By the end of the show my mom was wanting to adopt him, and I was hoping she would!  We had so much fun hanging out with him.  I also got to meet Jodi and Elise from Events by Design.  We’ve already met for coffee since and brainstormed some really fun ideas to collaborate on.  Georgette from the Sanford Center also gave me a tour of their venue.  Brides, you seriously need to consider having your event at the Sanford Center!  I was so impressed with the rooms and the prices!

Overall, the expo was awesome.  I’m so glad I got a chance to be there and to meet so many fabulous people.  🙂

The beginnings...

I think the fumes started getting to me.

Me and my momma! So fun having her there!

Me in my first wedding expo ever! Loved it!

I want to send out an enormous, humongous, ginormous thank you to a few people.  My parents first of all.  Thank you for all your help.  You took care of my son, you let me use up the heated space in your garage, you helped haul my stuff to and from the show, you painted, you advised, you shopped with, and you supported me with everything.  You guys rock!  I also want to thank my hubby.  Besides being the cutest guy ever, he is apparently the most encouraging and supportive as well.  He is behind me in everything I do and helping me every step of the way.  It was really fun having him involved in the show.  I love my family.  🙂