Three-Peat Wisconsin Bride Awards

July 15, 2016



Whoa, what a crazy night. I’m sure there’s still some sweet wine in my system as I type this, but what an incredible experience (once again!) I think each year, it just means more to me: to wear high heels (the one day out of the year) and celebrate with my friends, family, and industry members. In case you have no clue what I am referring to, we just celebrated a third win for the Wisconsin Bride Awards and goodness, it’s kind of impossible to put it in words, so maybe I’ll just tell you a story.

Five years ago I had just left my corporate job and I caught wind of this awards night. I told Drew we had to go to see what it was all about, we got dressed up and showed up. I knew absolutely no one, not a single soul. Somehow Drew saw a guy he knew from the wine industry but here I was in my new “industry” and I felt like an outcast. I remember standing in the audience as the winners were called out and I knew that someday I wanted to be the one being called. It became this little unspoken mission of mine but I knew that breaking into a saturated industry like photography with zero experience was easier said than done.

The next year? I was a nominee! The following year? I won! After that? I won, not only photography BUT top overall vendor of all categories… (yes, the top of the tiara in the entire industry and state of Wisconsin.) This year? We did it again. But here’s why I say “we” and not “I”… sure, I am a one woman show, I always have been. But I have a little tribe of humans who are working to support me, to make this happen, to say “yes” to a girl with a dream and a camera.  These awards? To me, they remind me that I have surrounded myself with people who believe in dream chasing, who encourage hard work, who support the chase of happiness. I say “we” because I am celebrating every client who has ever trusted me with their memories, every family member who stood by me when I left my cushy salary and benefits, and every weekend I spent on the road photographing weddings for my beloved friends.

This is yours just as much as it is mine and as I claim the title for the third year in a row, I pray that only be a reflection of your potential success. Whether you feel like an outcast or maybe you feel like your dream is too big, maybe the work ahead of you feels intimidating or you think that people will never take you seriously because you have zero professional training, maybe you’re a business of one, maybe you’re facing resistance or disbelief for your tribe around you… whatever it may be, it is possible. I am proof and today I want to wear nothing but underwear and a crown.

Immense and pure gratitude to everyone who voted, to my sweet parents, in-laws, and grandparents who were there to support Drew and I at the event, and a big ol’ kiss for the husband who puts up with all of my dream chasing antics. I love you more than anything. 

Special thanks to: Rent the Runway for dressing me for the event!




Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *



Before you get any further... Hi! I'm Jenna Kutcher!

I’m an expert at online marketing, a nerd when it comes to the numbers, and my obsession is teaching others how to make a living doing what they love (without it taking over their life).  One of my favorite places to be is here, sharing what I'm learning with you. I'm glad you're here!



What do you want to read today?

Get My Heartfelt Worldwide Bestseller,
How Are You, 

Forget hustle harder. Want to build a vision for your life that's unapologetically true to who you are and what you *actually* want?  Here's how you start.

Screw the junk mail, I'm bringing "real" right to your inbox. Deep encouragement, tough questions, needle-moving challenges, and smart strategies to help you make your dream work. You in?

Bringing Real
to Your Inbox

Bringing Real
to Your Inbox

    Join over 1 million followers on Instagram, where I'm your mom friend with the garden who also runs a multi-million dollar business and bakes sourdough and dresses up with my toddlers between podcast episodes.

    © JENNA KUTCHER 2024


    |    SITE CREDIT

    |    GET IN TOUCH

    |    Legal