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! :)
And high-fives to the fabulous Lorin of the ENCHANTED BARN for winning best Outdoor wedding venue! :) YAY!
And 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! :)
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! :)