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Angela and Sanjog – Northern MN Wedding Photographer

It’s so mind blowing when two people from opposite sides of the world find each other.  Angela, my bride, is from our little area of Northern Minnesota.  Sanjog, the groom, is all the way from Nepal.  Even though they are from two different worlds they still made their way to the same one.

It was exciting to see how Angela and Sanjog interlaced their different cultures and ideas into their wedding.  In many ways it was a traditional American wedding with pops of the colorful Nepal traditions.  The bride wore a beautiful white wedding dress, but her bridesmaids were adorned in bright pink sarees.  At the reception they also brought in a talented Henna artist to adorn the guests with henna tattoos.  Another Nepal tradition they incorporated were origami lotus flowers with thank you notes rolled inside.

Overall it was a beautiful wedding surrounded by friends and family.  Thank you, Angela and Sanjog for choosing me to photograph such a special day!

Photographer:  Purrington Photography
Ceremony Venue: St. Francis Xavier Church
Reception Venue: Oklee Hall
Officiant: Father Adam Hamness
Wedding Gown: Your Day By Nicole
Shoes: DSW
Hair: Styles By Amy
Make up: Lulu Garcia
Wedding Rings : Zales
Bridesmaid Dresses: NM Designs
Men’s Formalwear: Tip Top Tux
Florist: Joyce Paquin (Bride’s mother)
Catering : DeeAnn Eskeli
Cake: Jeanette McMullen
Favors: Origami Lotus Flowers
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Kaitlyn – Bemidji High School Senior Photographer

I’ve had the best seniors this year!  Well, I seem to have them every year!  True story.  I’ve been especially excited to show off the beautiful Miss Kaitlyn!  She wanted to make the session and experience really special so she had her hair and makeup done by Heidi Walberg at Salon Sashay.  Heidi did a fabulous job as always!  Kaitlyn looked stunning!  We decided to do her session at Itasca State Park.  There were so many beautiful locations there, and we were able to photograph her in several outfits.  All of her outfits were fun.  She choose different looks and colors for all of them.  It is always a good idea to pick out outfits that are different so your images aren’t all the same.  I especially liked the big belt with all the bling that she wore with her blue plaid shirt.  Thank you, Kaitlyn and Heidi, for letting me document such a special time in your life!  I hope I made it hard to choose your favorites!  😉

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Bemidji Photographer Published in The Knot – Minnesota’s #1 Wedding Magazine!

Are you ready to hear the most exciting news of the year and possibly of my entire photography career!  Here it is!

My work has been published in The Knot!  Minnesota’s #1 Wedding Magazine!

Last night as I was sitting with my family a knock came at the door.  My husband answered and came back with a brown envelope.  I caught a glimpse of “The Knot” on the packaging and very crazily and very carefully ripped it open!  Ha!  I quickly pulled out a magazine and flipped to the 4 pages that featured one of my weddings!   I’m still in shock, and panic, and heart attack mode as I type!  Shocked that Bemidji could make it into such a prestigious magazine, panicked that they might change their mind even though they’ve already printed it, and heart attack because the excitement is almost too much to take!

The featured wedding that was chosen was Samantha and Drew’s from this last August.  Samantha Baker and her mom Deb Welle put together one of the most beautiful weddings I’ve ever seen along with the help of so many awesome vendors.  Speaking of awesome vendors, here’s another shout out to them!

Photographer: Purrington Photography 

Venue: The Sanford Center in Bemidji

Event Designers: Events and Interiors by Design 

Florist: KD Floral and Gardens 

Bride’s and Bridesmaid’s dresses: Formalities in Bemidji 

Tuxes: Pattersons in Bemidji 

Hair: Hair Teasers 

Makeup: Bryn Welle

Vintage Furniture: On Solid Ground Vintage Rentals  and The Vintage Type 

DJ: Ntertainment 

Bakery: Cakes by Mischa 

Rings: Ken K Thompson 

Stationary: Ink Spot Press 

Throughout this entire process I cannot stop thanking the Lord.  It is very difficult to make it into such a high end publication, especially since we are from a small town and none of us advertise in the magazine.  I cannot deny that God deserves ALL the thanks especially with how everything came together so perfectly.  He has been my source of creativity, knowledge and blessing.  I know that any success I have is completely because of Him and completely from Him!  Thank you, Jesus!!!

Samantha and Drew, I love you guys!  Thank you for letting me be your photographer and for letting me be a part of your beautiful day!

BTW – If you want a copy of this publication it will be in stores soon!  I have a feeling we’re going to deplete the Bemidji supply quickly!

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Walker MN Wedding Photographer – Nikki and Trevor

This wedding day started with rain…a lot of rain.  The kind that drenches you within seconds of standing in it.  This normally wouldn’t matter, but Nikki and Trevor had a beautiful outdoor ceremony that they were planning on for months, and everyone was hopeful that the rain would end before it was too late.

Thankfully the dark skies cleared up to let the beautiful sunshine in!  It gave us just enough time for some outdoor photos and for the ceremony area to be set up.  The ceremony took place on the beautiful Leech Lake!


I loved Nikki’s attention to detail.  She had a lot of fun and creative ideas to implement into her wedding.  For example, instead of a traditional candle lighting, they decided to do a balloon release.  It was so cool!

The celebrating continued into the evening at the Tianna Country Club.  The entertainement was Billy D And the Crystals.

It was such a lovely day.  Congratulations, Nikki and Trevor!  Thank you for letting Purrington Photography capture your special memories!

To see more photos from their day click here.

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Little Grace

This shoot is a great reminder to me of why I LOVE doing on location shoots!  People have the funnest stuff in their homes!  I could tell the instant I drove up to their house that it was going to be a unique and fun and beautiful newborn shoot.  I was right.  The painting you see in some of the photos was one that the dad actually painted.  I was so impressed.  This couple had such an eye for decorating.  They were also super sweet.  The dad even showed me the play set he got up before the new baby came.  It was his way of “nesting”.  🙂  I loved it so much that we went and got the same one for our little guy who just turned 2 in June! 

Newborn session for twins!

I am so excited to announce that I have successfully had my first twin newborn session!  I’m stoked!  The little guys slept great, they posed beautifully and they didn’t poop on anything!  It was one of my shortest newborn sessions too.  I was expecting it to be so much harder considering there were two babies, but it went great.  Praise the Lord!

For those of you not familiar with newborn photos, they can be some of the most difficult when you are post processing.  Their skin tones are usually really red or really yellow, and they usually have flaky skin.  These twins were identical, and one was actually quite a bit more yellow than the other.  I’m still learning how to do all of this, but I think I got them to match in most of the photos.  They were so sweet!  I had a hard time telling them apart, but mom knew! 

Sometimes I wish I could just sit and hold them for the entire session, but I know I’m there to get photos.  I shouldn’t complain.  I usually have little brief moments of baby cuddling in between poses.  🙂  Hope you enjoy the photos of these beautiful boys!  OHHHHHH!!!  I just want to kiss those little cheeks!!!