woods, bride, groom, wedding portraits, Bemidji wedding, backyard wedding, Mississippi River, outdoor wedding ceremony, Hampton Inn & suites Bemidji, Abbi's Floral Design, Complete Weddings & Events, Hair Teasers Studio, Brides of France, The Wedding Shoppe, Macy's, Bar III, hotel wedding, wedding inspiration, summer wedding, blue weddingFor Kari and Mark’s wedding, they knew they wanted to tie the knot somewhere outdoors. Kari’s parents’ backyard on the Mississippi River  up in Bemidji was the perfect location. They then took a pontoon ride from Kari’s parents’ house to Hampton Inn & Suites on Lake Bemidji where they had their reception. It’s the perfect plan and Kari wasn’t the first Williams sister to think of it! Over the years, I have had the honor of photographing all three Williams’ sisters’ weddings in their parents’ backyard and at Hampton Inn. As Kari puts it, “[My sisters] have refined this recipe pretty nicely and are happily married, so it made sense to capitalize on their knowledge.” In other words, why break a tradition that clearly works!? In fact, the recipe was so well-crafted that Kari booked the reception venue and my photography services even before her and Mark got engaged! When you have a date you know you want, sometimes it’s worth it to just lock everything in even if you don’t quite have the ring! 🙂

But back to Kari and Mark! These two met in January of 2015. Kari was working at Pig and Fiddle in Minneapolis and Mark happened to stop in with some of his friends. Kari and Mark struck up a conversation about search engine results and Mark worked up the courage to simply say, “You’re cute.” Kari responded with, “Do you want my number?” Without missing a beat, Mark said yes and so Kari gave him her number. The confident yet simple exchange became only the beginning that led to a Thanksgiving weekend a few years later. The couple went to Minnehaha Creek where they had their first date. As they walked around, Mark stopped walking when they reached the bridge that crossed over the creek. There, he popped the question! However; he kept the ring in his pocket just to be sure Kari didn’t accidentally knock it into the creek! Of course, Kari said yes!

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Vendors

Ceremony Venue: Private Residence

Reception Venue and Caterer: Hampton Inn Bemidji

Photographer: Jeannine Marie Photography

Florist: Abbi’s Bridal Design

DJ and Photo Booth: Complete Weddings & Events

Hair and Makeup: Hair Teasers Studio

Bridal Shop: L’Agence from Brides of France

Bridesmaids Dresses: Bari Jay from The Wedding Shoppe

Groom Attire: Bar III from Macy’s

Honeymoon Destination: North Carolina

Are you engaged and looking for an engagement photographer and wedding photographer in Minnesota? If so, contact Jeannine Marie Photography here. Jeannine Marie is serving wedding photography in Minneapolis and St. Paul. She is considered one of the best wedding photographers in Minnesota, featured in multiple publications and listed as one of Minnesota Bride’s “10 Fabulous Local Wedding Photographers.”  She is an award-winning wedding photographer and has recently won 2018 ILEA Mpls/St. Paul “Best Event Photography: Wedding”, 2017 Mpls/Stp Magazine Diamond Award: People’s Choice Outstanding Wedding Photography, 2017 Borrowed and Blue Best Wedding Photographer and Most Valuable Vendor, 2017 ILEA Mpls/St. Paul “Best Creative Services – Photography – Wedding”, 2016 Minnesota ISES Star Award: Best Photography, 2015 Mpls/Stp Magazine Diamond Award: People’s Choice Outstanding Wedding Photography and Wedding of the Year, 2015 The Knot Best of Photography, 2015 WeddingWire Couple’s Choice Award, and 2014 Minneapolis Happenings: Best Photography. Book your engagement session or wedding photography today!