Wisconsin Bride Awards!!!! :)

We all piled into the car for the five hour trip across state to Milwuakee, Wisconsin for the ever-anticipated Wisconsin Bride Party! :) YAY! Tunes on the radio and excitement in our heart…our mini-road trip was bound to be fabulous! :)

With about 5 different outfit choices for each of us, we arrived at the hotel, got ready and headed to Cuvee in downtown Milwaukee for a fabulous night full of appetizers, drinks, giggles and fun! But it turned into something way more….REALLY, a night to remember with a special award that I was floored with! The category for Best Photographer voted by the readers of WI BRIDE magazine was named to ME! I was floored and just stunned that people would consider little-old-me something to be recognized! :) I was grinning ear to ear while accepting it and couldn’t stop beaming the entire night! :) I felt so special and so so so so honored! :)

And, of course, I had to take along my Polaroid to capture some memories! :)

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Wisconsin Bride party, Wisconsin Bride best of awards, Emily Steffen, Emily Steffen Photography, Wisconsin wedding photographerAnd if you know anything about us Steffens, we usually ALWAYS celebrate special things with Pie! :) So, of course, we had to find a bakery open at 10pm to find us a Strawberry pie to celebrate with! :)

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I walked down the street later that night, hand in hand with my husband Aaron. I was smiling so big! I was walking barefoot, holding my heels in my hand, fireworks were being shot off in the distance, and my besties were right behind us as we walked back to the car. I soaked in the moment.

I have to admit, that being awarded something so special was quite a FABULOUS night for me. But when it comes down to it, it’s the fact that I had my husband next to me and my besties right by my side the entire time. And that extends farther than the actual party…the texts, facebook messages, phone calls, hugs, smiles and “atta girls” that I am getting mean THE WORLD more!

It’s about being supported and loved and having people believe in your dreams and goals! Sure, the award is amazing….I’ve never been honored in such a way before, but for me, having people come along side me to support my every lofty dream and crazy idea shows me so much love.

This is the kind of support and encouragement and love that makes a girl feel like she can conquer the world and move mountains with her ideas! :)

So, thank you friends…thank you for your votes, but more importantly thank you for sharing your encouragement and never ending support with every passing idea, dream and goal in my life! :) Really, it’s you guys that deserve 400 hugs and an endless amount of “I LOVE YOU’s”! :) Because encouragement like this isn’t easy to find and all of you keep getting me teary-eyed when I think about it! :)

Happy Holiday weekend friends! :)

  • July 1, 2011 - 10:13 am

    Kate Botwinski - Wahhhh! So proud of you, you are so so deserving. You are beautiful and loved, creative, and a STAR. Seriously. Just so darn happy for you friend. Tears in my eyes and arms outstretched from states away, I’m hugging you. xo

  • July 1, 2011 - 10:14 am

    Julia Mary - You deserve it Emily!! Congrats!!

  • July 1, 2011 - 10:23 am

    Danielle | Studio Fleurette - Yay! SO happy for you! AND soooooo happy I get to work with you on fun projects!

  • July 1, 2011 - 11:53 am

    Erin Davenport - So so happy for you, love this post! Brought tears to my eyes :) You are one awesome lady!!
    XOXO

  • July 1, 2011 - 12:38 pm

    Sara - this post made me so happy!!! You are a radiant, fantastic woman and photographer!!! You deserved that award!!!

    lots of love!!!

  • July 1, 2011 - 12:41 pm

    Gladys Jem - Congrats Emily! well well deserved! you’re a talent and a kind person :) so happy for you! hugs. xoxo

  • July 1, 2011 - 2:17 pm

    Elizabeth Anne - WOOT! WOOT! LOVING!

  • July 1, 2011 - 2:58 pm

    Katie - So blessed to not only be one of your “besties” but also to work right alsong side you. I am one of the only ones that gets to see your amazingness in action first hand week after week. I am continually inspired by your self confidence and endless creativity! I will also be right beside you supporting every high and lofty dream that think of!!! CONGRATULATIONS MY DEAR EMILY!!!!!!!!!

  • July 2, 2011 - 3:46 pm

    Dawn Marquart - Auntie Dawn is crying right now. You’re the best Emily. WE LOVE YOU.

  • July 4, 2011 - 9:10 pm

    jess - soooooo incredibly happy for you. for everything! you are amazing at what you do professionally but such a fantabulous friend to absolutely everyone. hands down, i’m lucky to know you. seriously girl, go move mountains! :)

  • July 5, 2011 - 6:30 am

    Lindse - No suprise here on your award! I still look forward to seeing new pictures nearly everyday…you are fabulous and you showcase the best in everyone that you photograph. Congratulations!

  • July 5, 2011 - 6:29 pm

    Amy Paulson - Do you even begin to understand how thrilled I am for you? Oh sweet Emily, I’m so happy to see this… And to see you knowing what’s most important in the midst of it all. I cannot wait to see the places you will continue to go…

  • July 6, 2011 - 6:04 pm

    anda - I’m so so late, but OMG — Emily!!!!! Congrats; I am so so so happy for you. xoxoxo.

  • July 8, 2011 - 9:12 am

    Emily - I’m so happy you won!!! :)

  • July 11, 2011 - 7:10 pm

    cherie - Congratulations emily! What an honor! I always knew your photos were extra special…now the whole state of WI knows…and even more : ) Keep shootin’ for the STARS.

  • July 12, 2011 - 6:33 am

    emilysteffenphoto - OH CHERIE! :) Thank you! :)

  • July 12, 2011 - 7:49 pm

    Mandy Multerer - Yay for you!!! Congrats Emily! You totally deserve it!!

  • July 13, 2011 - 4:52 pm

    Emily Rudolph Olson - Congraulations!! You so deserve this award. I tell everyone that the one thing I would recommend above anything else from the wedding would be YOU! You are the best!

  • July 20, 2011 - 10:37 am

    Jennifer George - I’m behind on my blog reading so I know I’m a little late with this, but CONGRATULATIONS!!! That is so exciting and beyond well deserved!!

  • July 22, 2011 - 12:37 am

    Laura Ivanova - HOORAY!!! I don’t know if I ever gave you a proper congratulation, Emily. There is no one more deserving of such a special award! So, so proud of you. Soak it all in and enjoy! :-)

  • July 22, 2011 - 11:50 am

    emilysteffenphoto - YYAAY! Thanks Laura! :)

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