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Anna and Sam – Bemidji Wedding Photographer

Congratulations, Anna and Sam!  Your day was fabulous and filled with so much love!

I am still in awe of the talent and involvement you, your family and your friends invested into making your day so special and worshipful.

Thank you for choosing me to be with you on your wedding and to capture all of the sweet emotional and cherished moments!


Photographer: Purrington Photography

Ceremony and Reception Venue: Evangelical Free Church of Bemidji

Officiant: Pastor Fred Martin

Catering: Minnesota Nice Cafe

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

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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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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Heather and Zach’s Walker Wedding at Bluewater Lodge

Heather and Zach met their freshman year of college.  They were paired up as chemistry lab partners without realizing just how much chemistry they would have!  HA!  I love it!

It wasn’t too many years later that they were saying their “I dos” in the beautiful town of Walker MN.   And guess what?  Heather’s parents were married almost exactly 30 years before at the same church with the same officiant!  How cool is that!

Besides being huge sports fans, Heather and Zach also share a love for travel.  They love to experience new locations, new food and new cultures.  They decided to incorporate this love into all of their wedding details.  You’ll see what I mean as you as you browse through their images below.  There were many special touches they added to their event to make it personal and fun.

Heather and Zach, you two are an absolute blast to be around!  Thank you for choosing Purrington Photography to be a part of your day!

Also, a huge thank you to all the vendors that helped make their day amazing!  Here is what Heather had to say about all of you: “I could not have asked for a better day. Every part had it’s own touch that made it so special. All of the people that were hired to help in each way played their part perfectly. Catering, decorating, organizing, and every other thing imaginable was handled just the way I had hoped. I am so thankful for everyone that played a part no matter how big or small.”

Photographer:  Purrington Photography 
Ceremony Venue: Community Church of Walker
Reception Venue: Bluewater Lodge and Event Center
Officiant: Reverend Lynn Strandt, Community Church of Walker
Wedding Gown: The Wedding Shoppe, St. Paul, MN
Veil: The Wedding Shoppe
Shoes: David’s Bridal
Hair: Julie Freeman, Jenny’s Beehive Walker, MN
Makeup: Bridesmaid Larissa Kranz
Wedding Rings : Wixon Jewelers Bloomington, MN
Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal
Men’s Formalwear:  Men’s Wearhouse
Stationary (invites, programs, etc): Heather Osterberg, Bride
Florals and Decor: Panache Event Planning
Bouquets and Personal Arrangements: Abbi’s Floral, Bemidji MN
Other Rentals: Panache Event Planning, Bemidji MN
Catering : Prairie Bay, Brainerd MN
Cake: Mary Westphal, Hackensack MN
DJ: Jim Wandersee, Walker MN
Transportation: Ultimate Limo Brainerd
Favors: Heather Osterberg, Bride, Panache Event Planning, Bemidji MN
Accommodations: Bluewater Lodge, Country Inn and Suites, Chase on the Lake, Walker MN
Registries: Bed, Bath and Beyond, Target, Macy’s
Honeymoon:  Rome, Fall 2016
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Heather and Zach’s testimonial for Purrington Photography:

“I cannot express how thrilled I am to have had Kristen and her team with us on our special day. From day one while meeting her I knew she was going to be perfect. Her enthusiasm showed how much passion she truly has for her job. From our beginning consult to planning our schedule for the wedding day all the way to the sunset photos at the very end, I could not have asked for anything more. On our wedding day, Kristen made sure to stick to time and if I was having trouble making a decision on a photo pose or place to take one, she would help make that decision much easier with her suggestions. Both photographers were FUN to have around. They weren’t just bystanders, they were PART of the group 🙂 This makes everyone so much more comfortable and therefore makes it easier to be comfortable for pictures. The men also enjoyed all of their fun pictures. She made each one of those “tough guys” enjoy all the silly candid pictures as well. Overall I couldn’t have asked for a better day and with that a better photographer than Kristen and her team. 10 out of 10 for sure! There is no one that I would recommend more. Pictures were the most important thing on my list as far as what I was taking away from wedding. I trusted 110% that Purrington Photography would deliver. I was in no way disappointed and would love to have her shoot my family portraits someday. Thanks so much Kristen and team!!” -Heather and Zach

Anna and Brian – Bemidji Country Club Wedding

I have Anna and Brian’s dream wedding to show you tonight!  I knew it was going to be amazing!  Not only are they a gorgeous couple, but they hired KD Floral and Events and Interior’s by Design for their special day!  You know beautiful things are going to happen with a team like that!

Anna and Brian said their “I Do’s” at First Lutheran Church in Bemidji.  We then made our way to celebrate at the Bemidji Town and Country Club.  When I first walked into the venue I couldn’t believe how it had been transformed!  I have never seen it so beautiful before!  It was saturated in flowers, sparkles and class!  I loved every single detail!

One of the really unique and fun ideas they had was for their wedding favors.  They made over 300 jars of strawberry rhubarb jam as gifts for their guests!   Everyone loved it!

I also loved how their centerpieces were tall.  It not only made it easier for guests to chat and to see each other, but it seemed to fill another level of the room with even more gorgeousness.  Everywhere you looked there were beautiful flowers!

It has been so fun getting to know you, Anna and Brian and Jadon!  You are a dream family to photograph!  Congratulations on your beautiful day, and thank you for letting me be a part of it!

Officiant: Timothy Mountain
Wedding Gown: Allure
Wedding Rings: Ken K Thompson
Men’s Formalwear: Pattersons Bemidji
Stationary (invites, programs, etc): Gina Alianello
Florist: KD Floral
Event Designer: Events By Design
DJ: Scott Spencer
Favors: Strawberry Rhubarb Jame
Honeymoon: Jamacia
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“We would recommend Kristen Purrington to anyone looking for an amazing photographer! We had worked with a couple other photographers before we found Kristen, and oh man could we see the difference in the quality of her work! She notices every little detail. She is simply amazing and she is such a joy to work with! We look forward to doing family photos with her thru out the years to come!”
Anna & Brian Giauque

Bri & Ben – Bemidji Engagement Photos

Check out this fun and bright engagement session!

I love it when people bring along great outfits and props!  It makes the photos more unique and personalized.  My favorite prop that Bri and Ben brought to their engagement session was the balloons.  I love balloons in photos!  It gives such a fun variety of images and adds a great pop of color.  I especially liked the balloons with Bri’s bright pink dress…bright pink is my favorite!

The other prop they brought was a BSU Beavers banner.  Bri and Ben met their freshman year at BSU, so it was a great way to incorporate their school into their images.

These images below are some of my favorites, but make sure to watch facebook for more!

Congratulations, you two!  I am so excited to photograph your wedding next summer!
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