A few years ago I came across that phrase, "It's a beautiful thing when a career and a passion come together," and realized how true it is, and how blessed I am. I absolutely love working with couples like you, who have decided on forever, because let's be honest, I'm as excited as you are.

Whether I'm your coordinator, photographer, wedding designer, or all of the above, I become so invested in making sure your day is perfect. Sure every vendor says that, but how is OKOTA different? Easy. We become friends. It just always happens and I love that I get to know you, what you like, things you dislike, and I'm in your corner throughout the entire process.

So you should know a little about me too...

I have earned degrees in Graphic Design as well as in Photography from Xavier University. I also have received my International Wedding Planning Certification from QC Event School.

I have a pet turtle named Chip (the official OKOTA mascot).

I love glitter and chocolate (OF COURSE).

I have an extremely (un)healthy obsession with Pinterest Inspiration.

Lastly, I love gifting which you will likely find out soon :)


OKOTA comes from the word ‘Kota” and the expression ‘O’. ‘O’ is often times used when one is in awe of something. ‘Kota’ is derived from the name of the Native American tribe, Lakota. The Lakota people are believers in the turtle creation story.

Long ago the creator summoned a turtle to go to the bottom of the sea and bring forth earth. When the turtle emerged from the water it had upon its back the mud foundation of the land. This land was built upon by the Creator, forming our world.

From this Native American creation story turtles have become symbols of a strong foundation, longevity, and wisdom. Their slow movements remind us to slow down, and enjoy life on this earth. Their long lifespan, and wrinkled appearance make it a symbol of longevity and wisdom. The turtle is said to have the oldest of all animal souls.

OKOTA honors this Native American symbolism in their work. OKOTA works to create a strong foundation for the start of a changed life. OKOTA makes this foundation strong and capable of long time success with wisdom gained through years of experience. In what can be a stressful time, OKOTA does all the work, making it possible for our clients to be able to slow down, and enjoy the process.

Let OKOTA be your turtle, because OKOTA genuinely cares about the start of your forever.

ABOUT The Team

OKOTA's team is the best of the best. Each person has been hand-selected by Abbie based on their talent and passion for what they do. Our coordinators have lots of experience and have been trained in every aspect of planning by Abbie herself. Our photographers understand that you love OKOTA's photography style, and are trained to provide you top-quality photos so you can forever cherish the memories of your beautiful day. Katie, OKOTA's floral designer has been styling wedding bouquets for over 6 years. She as an amazing talent for arranging bouquets, centerpieces and more! And then there's Patty, OKOTA's dessert baker, who makes the most delicious desserts your guests could ever ask for. 

We all love OKOTA couples, we all know weddings, and we are all very good at what we do :)


Would you like to join OKOTA's team? Contact us at info@okotaweddings.com to learn more.