September 13, 2012 : Weddings

Alex and Chris :: Mound, MN wedding

Zeke was finally asleep so I sat down to get some “work” done and try and enter back into the “real world” and try and feel like an adult again! :) I pulled open Alex and Chris’ photos from just before I had Ezekiel (there wedding was exactly a week before I had him….who knew you could shoot TWO weddings the week before delivering a baby)?!! :) I started scrolling through the photos and I couldn’t help but just tear up over and over and over and over again, as I was reliving the moments of their wedding. Call me emotional……(hey, I just had a baby! :) But, for real, Alex and Chris RADIATE JOY! :) As I kept editing through their photos I recalled moments of anxious joy as they saw one another for the first time, moments of happy tears as the speeches told stories of answered prayer that brought Alex and Chris together, and moments of straight up giddyness as they walked back up the isle as husband and wife (and then proceeded to happily sob and hug one another like I’ve never seen before! :) Their day was emotional and it was perfect!

Alex had visions of feminine meets rustic meets authentic for their wedding decor! Both her and Chris truly wanted to bring in their favorite elements (like their favorite ice cream and cup cakes) and they REALLY wanted to have an outdoor reception to bask in the amazing June weather in the mid-west! :)  From the fabulous pink color palette and soft flowers to the creative dessert table and classy chandeliers to the rustic reception Environmental Center location with the lake and canoes as the backdrop; everything came together like clock-work! :) The day started with joyful anticipation of the ceremony and ended with the party of a lifetime with friends and family dancing the night away around Chris and Alex under the June stars! Heartfelt hugs and happy smiles were shared with the new couple all night, which kinda made it hard to leave the event because LITERALLY everyone was THRILLED to see them make their promises to one another!

I’ve truly never beed to a wedding like this before. Genuine joy filled every space that Alex and Chris entered……what a way to start a marriage, eh?! :)

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Ceremony location: Deano United Methodist Church, Delano MN
Reception location: Voyageur Environmental Center, Mound MN
Bridal Accessories: from deceased Uncle/Godfather
Coordinator: Kathy from Festivites
Florist: Festivites
Cupcakes: Shish Restaurant
Ice Cream: Grand Ole Creamery, St Paul MN

August 20, 2012 : Weddings

Mary and Elliot :: Camrose Hill Flower Farm wedding, Stillwater MN

They all stood in the little red cottage and watched…all 8 or so girls and her Mom. Mary’s silhouette against the soft white curtains was elegant. First the dress, then the shoes and jewelry….it was complete and she was ready! :) They all watched as she zipped up her dress and beamed with excitement for the day that was ahead. It didn’t matter that it had just started sprinkling rain outside. She looked at me with a HUGE smile and said “Can I go now? Can I go see Elliot?” The sheer energy of the day was lead by Mary’s gorgeous smile and eagerness to marry the man of her dreams! :)

She walked outside with the umbrella in hand…..she saw him standing under a giant apple tree with his back turned. She walked up to him, gave him a tap on the shoulder and the moment just melted away! :) Today was the day. Today was the day that Elliot and Mary were to become Man and Wife and you could tell by the smiles on their faces and the slight tears in their eyes that they were ready! :)

With the rain sprinkles gone for the day, they said their vows under the twinkling (and hot) sunlight with the beauty of the flower gardens nearby. Everyone’s joy was written all over their faces as they couldn’t imagine any two people more perfect for one another! The night went on as everyone transitioned from the organic flower gardens of Camrose Hill to the classy and stunning Calhoun beach club. The night was filled with with hilarious and heart-felt toasts, a fabulous rendition of the St. Olaf fight song (wow!) and some dancing of a lifetime! :)

The day was elegant, classy, joyful and perfect. And the night finished with a celebration! :)

Congratulations Mr and Mrs Robia! :) MANY hugs to you both, it was an HONOR to be invited into your day! :)

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Ceremony location: Camrose Hill Flower Farm, Stillwater MN
Reception location: Calhoun Beach Club, Minneapolis MN
Wedding dress: Vera Wang purchased at L’Atelier Couture Bridal
Shoes: Vera Wang Lavendar
Hair/Makeup: A’la Mode, Hudson WI
Bridesmaids dresses: Anthropologie, BCBG, H&M, Modcloth
Florist: Camrose Hill Flowers
Dessert: Dippin’ Dots! :)
Invitations: Jaclyn Wainwright
Videographer: River’s Edge Wedding Cinema

July 5, 2012 : Miscellaneous, My story, Weddings

A moment that will last ages! :)

I laid in our hotel room…staring at the ugly “hotel art” hanging on the wall as our room got darker and darker. Everyone else was asleep…my husband snoring next to me and my new baby boy quietly sleeping in his bassinet on the other side. I had a giant smile on my face as I kept replaying the events of the night over and over in my head…you see, this was not only our first family adventure across the state with little Zeke, but it was an adventure that I will never forget! :)

We had woken up extra early that morning, piled the 90 million pounds of baby equipment that I was SO determined that we NEEDED for the trip into the car (and for the record, we didn’t even end up needing the 1/2 of what I had packed but insisted on having…packing for a baby is a whole new experience, woah!) and we traveled the 4+ hours across the state to Madison. We put on our dresses, ties and fancy shoes and Ezekiel wore his “fancy” bow-tie onsie for the big Wisconsin Bride Party! :) This year I was nominated again for the category of “best wedding photographer” that is named by the amazing editors of the magazine and YOU! :) I was THRILLED just to be nominated again, so going to the party, I KNEW, would be fun no matter what….AND it was our first family outing to something special like that. Like I said, I couldn’t stop smiling the whole night.

It came time for the actual “ceremony” to start as all of the nominees and winners were to be announced. I held my glass of wine proudly in my hand (yay wine) and stood there already feeling thankful for the amazing friends and family that had journeyed to support and love me. All 8 of them (including my 2 week old son strapped to my husband in the baby carrier) stood around me already proud of the dreams I had accomplished. I looked back at them and knew that I was one of the luckiest people in the world! Maybe it was the “baby bur” or maybe it was the fact that I was drinking a giant glass of wine that I had been craving so much through the pregnancy of our little Zeke….but they announced my name as the winner and I about dumped my glass of wine over. I really REALLY thought that nobody EVER wins two years in a row…I mean, really, they just said my name again?!! ME…really ME!?! AGAIN!?!?! HOLY MOLY! :) I think a few tears about burst from my eye-lids (I blame the hormones) as I proudly and humbly accepted the award! :) And one of my favorite moments of the whole entire night was that Aaron and little Zeke came up to accept the award and take photos with me!

Our first family photos (YAY) at the Wisconsin Bride awards! I mean, how cool is that?!?! :) A moment documented that I can hopefully replay for our son as he grows old and I share with him how I started my business, followed my dreams and accomplished things I never thought were possible. It may sound trite, but this moment was SUPER SPECIAL for me. I plan to proudly hang this family photo in our new house so that I can tell Ezekiel all about his dreams and his goals…that they are possible and that this very moment, at the Wisconsin Bride party, was an accomplishment that Mommy was so proud of. It’s signified the progress and success in my business that I am so humbled and excited about…I hope this photo becomes a memory for him because of the future conversations that it has! :)

As a brand new Mommy, being at this party and winning this award reminded me of just how blessed I am. It has given me the opportunity to not only be proud of my own business and the successes that I’ve made for myself, but it gives me the chance to prove to my son and his future dreams that anything is possible. He CAN grow up and be an astronaut, a grocery cart designer, a entrepreneur, a garbage truck company owner, or if he has Daddy’s way…the future quarterback of the Green Bay Packers (but that’s a whole different tale). If the dreams of his heart are TRUELY his passion, then anything is possible! :)

The rest of the night was full of celebration! Hugs from my in-laws, kisses from my husband, cuddles with my son, high-fives and giggles with my friends and amazing memories that were made!! :) Gosh….what a special night for us….for Emily Steffen Photography and more importantly, the Steffen family….all three of us! :)

:)

Wisconsin Bride Best of 2012 Party, Emily Steffen, Emily Steffen Photography

AND…..major high fives to The Traveling Photobooth for these! :) I am in love with them even though Zeke wasn’t diggin’ the flashing lights!!!! :)
Wisconsin Bride Best of 2012 Party, Emily Steffen, Emily Steffen Photography, Traveling Photobooth

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