BUt why okota? WHat makes them the best?
Here is what other happy couples thought...
Iman & CHarles
“Where do I begin?! First off, Let me say that Abbie and her team by-far blew away any expectations I had. I used OKOTA for day-of-coordination and photography services. Day-of coordination: Like most brides that are looking to have their dream wedding but stay within a budget, you end up doing most things yourself. For some things I was willing to say “hey, we don’t need that” or “I can totally do this myself”, and there were some things that I was not able to do without OKOTA. The day-of-coordination was a complete must from my husband and mine concern, although we had plenty of people who were willing to help us with that. But to us, our wishes were that our close friends and family were able to enjoy the day with us and not miss the day being stressed with all the work that entails with a wedding production. This is the best decision I made for my wedding. However, I was so lucky that I picked OKOTA for my wedding services. Abbie and Nikki (who was my day-of-coordinator) were highly professional and personal. With emotions and anxieties running high during the morning of the wedding, I felt at ease and like Abbie and Nikki had things under complete control. And this feeling was very much true because not ONE THING WENT WRONG. So many people came up to us saying that it was the best wedding they’ve ever went to! Everything was completely beautiful and flowed because of OKOTA. OKOTA did our floral arrangements the day-of and it was completely beautiful! When I think about the wedding I just have nothing but good things to think of and how lucky I was to have great wedding professionals! My husband and I had the vision but OKOTA made it come to life. Photography: Abbie is a genius. The photos she did for us were so amazing! I cannot even say enough good things about her. My husband and I are quite shy and not the “cutesy” type of couple, so taking photos where we would have to get close and affectionate made us a bit nervous. However, with Abbie, all that went away! We were able to feel very comfortable around Abbie and the photos came out wonderful. We were able to take a engagement session at her studio and it was so nice! It had such a beautiful setting with natural light. The wedding photos were completely incredible. I cannot believe the photos she captured and how she were able to get such great photos. My husband and I were so impressed by Abbie and her team and thankful that we were able to have our dream wedding!”
Danielle & Aaron
“Abbie was absolutely wonderful to work with! We had her do our wedding pictures which turned out so amazing. She is professional, a sweetheart and very wonderful to work with during all the planing, she truly goes out of her way to make our day very special. She has a talent that captures every moment of our wedding. We are in love with our pictures. I would definitely work with her again!!”
KARA & KENNETH
“Wanting to embark upon the wedding planning process as a couple, but desiring the peace of mind a wedding day-of coordinator provides, my now husband (Kenneth) and I began the journey of selecting the perfect day-of coordinator last winter. We reached out to a number of service providers and were disappointed in our findings, in relation to cost, service packages and personalities. When we discovered Okota we were impressed by the beautiful website and clarity of service offerings. December of 2014 after a series of pleasant and informative email exchanges and phone calls, Kenneth and I met with Abbie at our local Starbucks.
Abbie prompted us with questions regarding the type of wedding we desired and our expectations from a day-of coordinator. Kenneth and I truly felt as if we were sharing amiable conversation regarding our future over coffee with a friend. We were impressed by Abbie’s organizational skills, professionalism, creativity and personality. Abbie provided us with a beautifully designed folder, containing documents detailing Okota’s wedding day-of coordination services and an adorable turtle figurine. It was helpful for us to have detailed documents to reference as we contemplated our day-of coordinator search. Abbie’s attention to detail blew us away!
The decision was easy; Kenneth and I promptly booked Okota as our wedding day-of coordination provider shortly after meeting with Abbie. During the months leading up to our June 6, 2015 nuptials, Kenneth and I corresponded with Abbie regarding the various stages of wedding develops. Abbie attended our “tie-down” meeting at the Hilton Netherland Plaza (our ceremony and reception venue) the week before our nuptials. Abbie asked questions and communicated with the Hilton team to make sure our special day would go off without a hitch (pun intended). After meeting with the Hilton team and reviewing the logistics of our day, Abbie, Kenneth and I ventured downstairs to the Continental Ballroom (our ceremony and reception site). Abbie told Kenneth and I that she was on our team and would be our voice to make sure this important day in our lives proceeds the way we desire. This comment meant a great deal to Kenneth and I. We truly believe Abbie upheld this statement.
While visiting our venue site, after our “tie-down” meeting, Abbie presented Kenneth and I with a spectacular wedding gift. The gift was customized and thoughtful, we will cherish it forever.
The day before our June 6th nuptials Abbie attended our rehearsal. She led our bridal party, readers, officiant and parents thought the ceremony with poise and proficiency. It was wonderful having Abbie present to practice the ceremonial aspect of our wedding.
The day our wedding Abbie floated around the Hilton Netherland Plaza, attending to the needs of everyone involved in our special day. She coordinated with our officiant, florist, ceremony musicians, DJ, photographer, hair and makeup team, baker, Hilton contacts and more. Abbie maintained professional decorum and cheerfulness throughout the day. She was confident and precise. Abbie handled tipping staff and various vendors, distributing parking vouchers, pinning boutonnières on our groomsmen, just to name a few items. She arranged our various décor items, as specified and made sure our vision came to life.
The list could go on for pages detailing the tasks Abbie managed with grace the day of our wedding. From wedding gown bustling guru, to stagehand, to event designer, Abbie wears many hats! She carefully packed our personal possessions used as reception décor, made sure our gifts made it to the appropriate destination and even mailed us a wedding card (after the wedding) that one of our guests had left behind.
Kenneth and I could not have pulled off the day without Abbie. We are so happy that we found Okota! I highly recommend Okota for wedding day-of coordination and more. Abbie is a kind, professional, creative and highly organized individual that will pour her heart and soul into our special day. Kenneth and I truly felt that Abbie was personally invested in our wedding and happiness. As we begin a lifetime of wedding bliss, we will reflect on the decisions we made for this grand celebration and think fondly of the spectacular individuals we had the pleasure of working with, including the wonderful Abbie Kinnett.”
Amber & PHILIPP
Abbie is so amazing!! I love how she focuses in all the special moments of the big day! She's so quiet and sneaky I forgot she was there snapping photos!! But she definitely has an eye for the sweetest photos! I only saw a sneak peek of our wedding day photos and I was not disappointed!! Can't wait to get the rest of our photos to see what she captured!! Thank you so much Abbie for being such an amazing photographer!!
Laura & Fayad
“ Abbie was amazing! My husband and I first met Abbie at a Bridal show. We booked her after looking at her pictures online. We used her for our Engagement photos and for our wedding. The pictures could not have been better! Especially our wedding pictures. She had a great variety to choose from and overall did an amazing job! She’s super friendly and easy to work with and really got to know us and know what we wanted for our special day! Would definitely work with her again!”
ALLIE & KEVON
“I have seen Abbie’s photos countless times so I knew that our engagement session pictures were going to be perfect and she did not let us down! She was so kind and patient with us and it put our nerves at ease. Abbie provided us with the most perfect pictures and now the only problem is trying to narrow it down to only ONE for our save the date cards! 😊”
KATIE & MATT
“Being the type A over-stressor that I am and with big personal challenges just before our wedding, I know without a doubt that we would not have had such a wonderful, flawless day without these amazing people. I don’t say vendors because they were so much more than that to us! You are crazy if you’re getting married in the reinstate area and aren’t using these wonderful businesses #BestWeddingCrewEver #OkotaWeddings”
KASEY & MATT
“Working with Abbie was excellent. She came highly recommended from her professor with whom she had apprenticed. After our engagement pictures we knew she would a great job on our wedding. She spent the time at our wedding to get the critical shots. We have received lots of compliments on her demeanor and our beautiful wedding pictures. Highly recommend working with Abbie!”
SVIATLANA & STEPHEN
“I had the pleasure of being one of Abbie’s brides last year. I strongly recommend Abbie Kinnett for any job that requires great organizational skills, creativity, pleasant demeanor and dependability when working with people, especially an indecisive bridezilla like myself. She juggled literally hundreds of my demands from start to finish; she not only handled our save the dates, table settings, guest list, and venue contracts, but also keeping us on track on small tasks and timelines. She designed all of our decor, invites, and programs herself. Abbie Kinnett handled all the small and big tasks that make wedding planning stressful and helped us enjoy our day. You only get married once! Don’t make a mistake of doing it without OKOTA!”
“OKOTA handled all of our wedding planning. The experience and beautiful designs that Abbie brought to the table for my wife and I, were just amazing. From hand crafted cigar invites for the groomsman invitations to wedding invite designs everything was perfect. As great as the planning and help with everything before was, the complete handling of EVERYTHING on our wedding day was the best part!! My wife and I had nothing to worry about or do except enjoy our day together! She handled tipping and clean up and vendors and everything. I can’t imagine having to do it without OKOTA!!! Any couple getting married could not be in better hands!!”
ELLEN & KYLE
“Abbie did such a great job! On the day of, we did not have to worry about a thing. She took care of everything and it went perfect!”
JENNIFER & RANSOM
“My fiancé and I were a little apprehensive when it came to our wedding photography. We were anxious about finding a photographer who made us feel comfortable while providing high quality images. However, we were incredibly lucky to find OKOTA. Abbie has made the wedding photography experience so enjoyable. Our engagement session was relaxed and comfortable, and the photos turned out fantastic! We can’t wait for our wedding and to see how Abbie captures our memories with more wonderful photos.”
“I can’t say enough good things about Abbie. I was married on July 19, 2014 and OKOTA designed and printed all of our stationary and reception signs. During my initial meeting with Abbie, I was blown away with how professional and talented she was. I told her my wedding colors and a little bit about my “style” and she went with it from there. Her designs were perfect. I received so many compliments on her work. Abbie was very easy to correspond with and flexible. She was out of the country for a month or so before my wedding and if she hadn’t told me I would have never known. It didn’t affect her work what so ever. Also, I live about an hour away from OKOTA and that was never an issue. We met each other few times and I also had things shipped. Again, she was very flexible. And on top of everything the price was so great. OKOTA was recommended to me by the company that designed my candy buffet for my reception (who is also my best friend/bridesmaid). This was one of the best recommendations I received. So to return that favor, I would highly recommend OKOTA!”
JULIA & MARK
“I was so pleased to have OKOTA do the design work for my wedding this past year. Abbie created beautiful pieces for our Save the Date cards as well as our wedding invitations and programs. Abbie would meet with my husband or I to talk over our weddings idea. She would then come up with samples and allow us to select what fit our vision best. I had told Abbie that I wanted water color wedding invitations and Abbie could not have projected my vision more perfectly! She was able to create a wonderful piece of art for Marc and my invitations that our family and friends loved! Beyond her remarkable design work, Abbie did wonders at resolving the many stresses that come with wedding planning. Marc and I ran into a huge miscommunication with a printing coming I had found for our Save the Dates. Abbie came to the rescue and had the save the dates printed, with a company she was familiar with, and delivered within 48 hours! This was HUGE as the company I found was running weeks behind. After that incident I left all plans in Abbie’s hands.”
HEATHER & COLIN
“Abbie with OKOTA has gone beyond her job in helping my fiancé and I get ready for our wedding. Our first meeting was great she told us all about the different packages they offered. Once we told her what we were looking for she was quick to respond. She made our package work for us. She was knowledgeable and always quick to respond to my emails. Our invitations and signs turned out amazing. We are beyond satisfied. Thank you Abbie!”
“I have had the pleasure of working Abbie on a few different events. She has created custom labels and other stationery needs for quite a few of my candy buffets and my bride’s/clients have been more than pleased with her attention to detail and how perfectly everything matches. She is my go to girl for anything stationery and is a complete joy to work with. She always finishes with plenty of time to spare and I love all of her creative ideas and touches she adds. I am lucky to have such an amazing vendor to work with!”
“OKOTA does such a wonderful job! Abbie did a photoshoot for my dance studio, and I could not be more pleased with the turnout. She was a huge help in keeping us on track to get the shots she knew I was looking for, along with helping us stay organized throughout the process as a whole. She’s well rounded as a person and photographer, and works great with all ages. She will be sure to capture the visions you wish to complete! Abbie truly has a gift to not only capture her subject but the passions and expressions in a unique way that everyone will love. I would highly recommend her for anyone looking for senior pictures, family portraits, baby pictures, weddings, etc!”
“Your work is excellent and shows the passion you have and such a great eye for the art of photography. It was a very pleasant experience and we look forward to working with you again.”
“I have complete faith and trust that I can bring any project to her and she would embrace it with immense passion. I highly recommend Abbie Kinnett for any project!”
"Photographed one of our brides at The Marmalade Lily! Captured the venue beautifully ”
"Great photographer and amazing photos. I highly recommend Okota Photography.”
"I met Abbie at a wedding show when planning our big day, and was so grateful for the amazing work OKOTA did with both our florals and day-of coordination.
I met with Abbie just a few times before the wedding - to review OKOTA’s services, discuss floral options, and run through final plans for the big day. She was happy to help with questions, was always quick to respond, and even handled rogue requests from my mother.
When I saw the fully decorated venue I was floored! OKOTA nailed the vision I had for our wedding. The decor was gorgeous and the evening’s events flowed seamlessly. Abbie arranged the floral delivery and another member of her team ran our day-of coordination. While not the cheapest (or most expensive) option I explored, OKOTA’s prices were well worth the quality of service delivered. I highly recommend meeting with Abbie and her team at OKOTA!”
"Abbie was so amazing and professional! She was always just an email away throughout the whole process. They made the most beautiful invitations and answered all my questions quickly. Nikki was my boots on the ground day of and we never could have done it without her. There was no way we could have pulled it off without the help of OKOTA”
"My husband and I got married on June 3 of this year and we worked with Abbie and Ellen for day-of coordination. They were wonderful! Getting all the details worked out with us and putting together a timeline for everyone was just some of the great things they did. Our ceremony was outside in a park with no one there to supervise setup or take down. So we hired them to help ease our minds about that and boy did they deliver! I didn't have to worry about a thing the day of because Ellen was ON IT! I would recommend them for anything, just fantastic to work with!”
"Abbie did a fantastic job all around! Our photos turned out amazing I could not have asked for anything better. She made us feel totally comfortable and was a joy to work with. Katie her assistant also did an amazing job. Abbie showed up before I got ready and spend the entire rest of the day with us. She has an eye for capturing the perfect moment. She was very organized and made sure that you got every photo/ pose that you wanted. I am completely happy with our decision to use OKOTA for our photographer and would definitely recommend Abbie and her team.”
"I met Abbie at a bridal event and had to book her for day of coordinator. She helped us plan leading up to the date and Nikki was with us on our wedding day. Both ladies were phenomenal, super helpful and sweet. Our wedding day was flawless and so many people have told me how perfect the events went. I owe it all to Nikki for keeping everyone on schedule and making sure everything went exactly as planned. By far the best money we spent on our wedding day!!! Thanks Okota!”
"Abbie was awesome!! We used OKOTA to provide day of coordination for our wedding. Abbie worked with me throughout the process, offered suggestions for vendors and answered all my crazy questions. She helped to create the schedule for the day and then changed it when I changed my mind. Ellen was our day of coordinator and she was amazing as well. She set up the reception space taking my vision in my mind and making it real. She kept the evening flowing and checked in often to make sure I didn't need anything. Having OKOTA provide day of coordination services was one of the best decisions I made in planning my wedding. They took the stress off my plate of making sure the venue was set up and taken down at the end. If you are one the fence of having a day of coordinator, I highly recommend you get one and you hire OKOTA! Abbie, thank you for everything!”
"Words cannot describe how amazing and awesome Abbie (owner of OKOTA) was throughout our wedding process! She was in charge of our engagement photos and wedding day photos, and she truly rocked it! She was very organized and made sure to set up an in-person meeting a few weeks prior to the wedding to go over final details. On our wedding day, she was on-time/ early to all of the locations we had her running around to and was very efficient with all of her picture taking! Check out her Facebook page or Instagram to see for yourself how great of a photographer she is. I highly recommend Abbie for any of your wedding needs, but especially if you need the perfect pictures of your wedding day!"
"Abbie was the best! She was pleasant to work with, paid attention to details, followed our plan perfectly, and went above an beyond to make our day go stress free for us. She attended rehearsal and organized the event. She was at our venue for for 15 hours the day of the wedding making every detail perfect. We even had to make two big changes within 24 hours prior to the wedding due to rain and a tent issue but she handled everything with grace and calmness. She offers an amazing studio along with vendors for makeup, hair, photos, ect. If you want your day to run smoothly, hire Abbie as she is the best!"
"We chose OKOTA for our daughter's wedding. Abbie and her team are incredible. From the meetings, engagement session, photos to the wedding. Everything was exquisite. Abbie is so easy to work with and truly has your happiness at the fore front of everything. Abbie and her team are kind, fun, professional and very good at what they do. She really made my daughter, and now son in-law, feel so good through the entire process. If you want great photos and to feel comfortable, Abbie is the one to go to. Incredibly reasonable as well. Thank you, OKOTA, for making this experience literally unforgettable!"
"Everything we hoped for!"
"You all did an amazing job with candids and set photographs. Can’t wait to see the results. Thanks so much"
"Thanks to Abbie the rehearsal and wedding day went so smooth. Her attention to detail and coordination of the entire weekend was awesome. It was great working with her. 💗"
"Thank you for going above and beyond to make our special day so perfect, you were amazing and I truly appreciate everything you did!!! I highly recommend"
"Thanks to Abbie + Libby for all their help with my little brunch wedding! <3 They are timely with all their responses and receptive to your needs. Definitely recommend them in you’re in need!!"