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While Nikai was sneaking around behind Louis's back to plan him a surprise 30th birthday party, Louis was sneaking around behind Nikai's back with a surprise of his own up his sleeve!!
What follows is one of my favorite proposal stories ever - don't miss Nikai & Louis's wedding day highlights on my blog tonight!! #LinkInProfile 
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While Nikai was sneaking around behind Louis's back to plan him a surprise 30th birthday party, Louis was sneaking around behind Nikai's back with a surprise of his own up his sleeve!! What follows is one of my favorite proposal stories ever - don't miss Nikai & Louis's wedding day highlights on my blog tonight!! #LinkInProfile  #InABrenchiOutAHout  #KaraAbbeyPhotography  #BellsBanquets  #BellsBanquetWedding  #MtPleasantPA  #BlackTieAffair  #HappyWeddingDay  #ShootAndShare  #RisingTideSociety  #SoHappyInLove  #PASSgallery  #TheKnotRings  #StarWarsWedding  #MillenniumFalcon  #StarWarsNerd  #MayTheForceBeWithYou 
So, over the weekend, Derrick & I received two "per capita" bills each (you know, that tax you pay simply for being alive?) Confused & refusing to pay double, I called the tax office this morning - I spoke with the sweetest lady who so graciously fixed the glitch in the system & explained that we each only owed one tax a piece.
Then, later on this morning, I updated all the apps on my phone.
Let's just say: I felt like a mega BOSS! Definitely succeeding at this thing called “adulting” today.
#ImKaraAbbey
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So, over the weekend, Derrick & I received two "per capita" bills each (you know, that tax you pay simply for being alive?) Confused & refusing to pay double, I called the tax office this morning - I spoke with the sweetest lady who so graciously fixed the glitch in the system & explained that we each only owed one tax a piece. Then, later on this morning, I updated all the apps on my phone. Let's just say: I felt like a mega BOSS! Definitely succeeding at this thing called “adulting” today. #ImKaraAbbey  . . . . . #TheGatheringPlace  #CreativePrenuer  #SAHM  #WAHM  #MyMommyIsAPhotographer  #RealLife  #ThisIsRealLife  #IrwinPA  #ShootAndShare  #RisingTideSociety  #PhotographerMama  #PhotographerMom  #WorkAtHomeMom  #StayAtHomeMom  #WeddingPhotographer  #BehindTheScenes  #SelfPortrait  #WeddingBTS  #WeddingPhotog  #ImAWeddingPhotographer  #WeddingDayBTS  #WeddingPhotographer  #PAWeddingPhotographer 
I think it'd be hard to find a couple more joyful on their wedding day. From their ginormous smiles, to their tear-filled eyes, I'd challenge anyone to say that Nikai & Louis aren't the two happiest people on the planet today!!
In other news: we foiled those darn weathermen again - another wedding day filled with rainy-predictions and aside from a few sprinkles during family photos, it was a sunshine-filled, hot, gorgeous day. I think Nikai & Louis's smiles single-handedly kept those rain clouds away!
#InABrenchiOutAHout #KAPCouple #KaraAbbeyPhotography #Laurelville #LaurelvillePA #MtPleasantPA #BlackTieAffair #HappyWeddingDay #ShootAndShare #RisingTideSociety #SoHappyInLove #PASSgallery
I think it'd be hard to find a couple more joyful on their wedding day. From their ginormous smiles, to their tear-filled eyes, I'd challenge anyone to say that Nikai & Louis aren't the two happiest people on the planet today!! In other news: we foiled those darn weathermen again - another wedding day filled with rainy-predictions and aside from a few sprinkles during family photos, it was a sunshine-filled, hot, gorgeous day. I think Nikai & Louis's smiles single-handedly kept those rain clouds away! #InABrenchiOutAHout  #KAPCouple  #KaraAbbeyPhotography  #Laurelville  #LaurelvillePA  #MtPleasantPA  #BlackTieAffair  #HappyWeddingDay  #ShootAndShare  #RisingTideSociety  #SoHappyInLove  #PASSgallery 
Up until this year, I had never read the Harry Potter books (growing up, I was into Lord of the Rings, okay?) But after I shot Nikai & Louis's engagement session, I was inspired to dig in (mostly because I wanted to know what all this muggle-Gryffindor-quidditch talk was about & didn't want to be "left out" of anything that happened at their wedding!)
I'm proud to say that going into their wedding this weekend - I have read the entire Harry Potter series & I now understand ALL :)
Can't wait to see you guys!! 2 days to go!
#KAPCouple #KaraAbbeyPhotography
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Up until this year, I had never read the Harry Potter books (growing up, I was into Lord of the Rings, okay?) But after I shot Nikai & Louis's engagement session, I was inspired to dig in (mostly because I wanted to know what all this muggle-Gryffindor-quidditch talk was about & didn't want to be "left out" of anything that happened at their wedding!) I'm proud to say that going into their wedding this weekend - I have read the entire Harry Potter series & I now understand ALL :) Can't wait to see you guys!! 2 days to go! #KAPCouple  #KaraAbbeyPhotography  . . . . . #Engaged  #Engagement  #EngagementPhotography  #EngagementPhotographer  #EngagementPhotos  #EngagementSession  #SheSaidYes  #TheyreGettingMarried  #Fiance  #RealCouple  #PittsburghEngagement  #PittsburghEngagementPhotographer  #ShootAndShare  #RisingTideSociety  #LoveIntentionally  #ItStartedWithYes  #FlashesOfDelight  #WeddingCountdown  #SoHappyInLove  #FallEngagement  #FallEngagementPhotos  #LaurelHighlands  #LaurelHillStatePark  #LaurelHighlands_PA  #SomersetPA  #AutumnLove 
Did you know..
Knoebels Park in Elysburg, PA is one of the few parks left in the whole country that still operates under a “free parking & free admission” policy? I remember the days, when I was really little, that both Kennywood & Idlewild were the same way – in order to ride rides, you purchased tickets & paid for each ride individually instead of paying for an “all-day pass”. Those days are long gone for Kennywood & Idlewild, but Knoebels still holds to that traditional admission policy.
#KaraAbbeysCoasters #Knoebels #KnoebelsPark #Knoebels2018 #MadeToThrill #RollerCoaster  #AmusementPark #ThrillRide #SteelCoaster #ShootAndShare #RisingTideSociety #RidingRollerCoasters #Impulse #Elysburg #ElysburgPA #XScreamThrills
Did you know.. Knoebels Park in Elysburg, PA is one of the few parks left in the whole country that still operates under a “free parking & free admission” policy? I remember the days, when I was really little, that both Kennywood & Idlewild were the same way – in order to ride rides, you purchased tickets & paid for each ride individually instead of paying for an “all-day pass”. Those days are long gone for Kennywood & Idlewild, but Knoebels still holds to that traditional admission policy. #KaraAbbeysCoasters  #Knoebels  #KnoebelsPark  #Knoebels2018  #MadeToThrill  #RollerCoaster  #AmusementPark  #ThrillRide  #SteelCoaster  #ShootAndShare  #RisingTideSociety  #RidingRollerCoasters  #Impulse  #Elysburg  #ElysburgPA  #XScreamThrills 
"With this ring, I give you my heart. I promise from this day forward, you shall not walk alone. May my heart be your shelter, and my arms be your home."
#KaraAbbeyPhotography #JustMarried #2018Wedding #SoHappyInLove #WestmorelandCounty #SheSaidYes #ShootAndShare #RisingTideSociety #BurghBrides #PurpleRoses #FairyTaleWedding  #PurpleWedding #WithThisRing #ITheeWed #TheKnotRings #WeddingRings #UniqueWeddingRings #PASSGallery
We might have rescheduled their engagement photos three times, but the third time was definitely the charm as we were rewarded with a picture-perfect evening for Erika & Sean's engagement session!
I absolutely loved hanging out with these two & getting to know them better - as we walked down onto the beach of the Deep Creek Lake State Park, I asked Sean if he knew how to dance & twirl Erika. He laughed & said that she used to take ballroom dance lessons, so he better know how to give her a good twirl! I'm telling you, I don't think there is anything these two can't do! Their wedding next summer is going to be AMAZING.
#KAPCouple #KaraAbbeyPhotography #DeepCreekLake #DeepCreekLakeStatePark #GarrettCounty #DancingOnTheBeach #Twirl #TwirlDress #Engaged #Engagement #EngagementPhotography #EngagementPhotographer #EngagementPhotos #EngagementSession #SheSaidYes #TheyreGettingMarried #Fiance #RealCouple #ShootAndShare #RisingTideSociety #LoveIntentionally #ItStartedWithYes #FlashesOfDelight #WeddingCountdown #SoHappyInLove #SummerEngagement #SummerEngagementPhotos #PASSgallery
We might have rescheduled their engagement photos three times, but the third time was definitely the charm as we were rewarded with a picture-perfect evening for Erika & Sean's engagement session! I absolutely loved hanging out with these two & getting to know them better - as we walked down onto the beach of the Deep Creek Lake State Park, I asked Sean if he knew how to dance & twirl Erika. He laughed & said that she used to take ballroom dance lessons, so he better know how to give her a good twirl! I'm telling you, I don't think there is anything these two can't do! Their wedding next summer is going to be AMAZING. #KAPCouple  #KaraAbbeyPhotography  #DeepCreekLake  #DeepCreekLakeStatePark  #GarrettCounty  #DancingOnTheBeach  #Twirl  #TwirlDress  #Engaged  #Engagement  #EngagementPhotography  #EngagementPhotographer  #EngagementPhotos  #EngagementSession  #SheSaidYes  #TheyreGettingMarried  #Fiance  #RealCouple  #ShootAndShare  #RisingTideSociety  #LoveIntentionally  #ItStartedWithYes  #FlashesOfDelight  #WeddingCountdown  #SoHappyInLove  #SummerEngagement  #SummerEngagementPhotos  #PASSgallery 
We had our 20-week ultrasound last Friday & told our immediate families the BIG news on Sunday night!
IT'S A BOY!!
There are more photos & the (crazy) story of how the whole party went down over on my blog! #LinkInProfile 
#ImKaraAbbey #XScreamThrills #ItsABoy #WereHavingABoy #GenderReveal #BabyNumber2 #DueInDecember #BraelynnFiona
I just have to let y'all know - I was SUPER productive today (the pinnacle of which is actually posting to Instagram!! Who am I?!)
High fives all around! 👏🏻
#ButterMeUp #KAPCouple #KaraAbbeyPhotography
#SummerWedding #BackyardWedding #ShootAndShare #RisingTideSociety #OutdoorWedding #JustMarried #7718 #2018Wedding #SoHappyInLove #EcoFlower #RusticElegant #RusticElegance #PAWedding
So many things went "wrong" in Casey's planning out how he wanted to propose to Katie, but absolutely nothing could go wrong on their perfect wedding day this past Saturday! The highlights of their amazing day (plus some of the story of the “wrongs” that happened as Casey was planning the proposal) are on my blog tonight! #LinkInProfile 
#ButterMeUp #KAPCouple #KaraAbbeyPhotography
#SummerWedding #BackyardWedding #ShootAndShare #RisingTideSociety #OutdoorWedding #JustMarried #7718 #2018Wedding #SoHappyInLove #EcoFlower #BridalEarrings #SomethingBlue #BlueEarrings #RusticElegant #RusticElegance #PAWedding
So many things went "wrong" in Casey's planning out how he wanted to propose to Katie, but absolutely nothing could go wrong on their perfect wedding day this past Saturday! The highlights of their amazing day (plus some of the story of the “wrongs” that happened as Casey was planning the proposal) are on my blog tonight! #LinkInProfile  #ButterMeUp  #KAPCouple  #KaraAbbeyPhotography  #SummerWedding  #BackyardWedding  #ShootAndShare  #RisingTideSociety  #OutdoorWedding  #JustMarried  #7718  #2018Wedding  #SoHappyInLove  #EcoFlower  #BridalEarrings  #SomethingBlue  #BlueEarrings  #RusticElegant  #RusticElegance  #PAWedding 
If this isn't your face as you realize that we're officially in double-digit-dates of July & the summer is slipping by faster than ever - you might not be a real human. Just sayin'.
#BraelynnFiona #KennywoodPark 
#Kennywood #KennywoodFan #KennywoodPark2018 #RollerCoasterPhotographer #MadeToThrill #TheWhip #PittsburghPark #WestMifflinPA #SteelCityGrammers #PittsburghMostDope #ILovePittsburgh #AmusementPark #ThrillRide #ShootAndShare #RisingTideSociety #PittsburghPA #RidingRollerCoasters #Kiddieland #KennywoodKiddieland #MiniWhip #HappySummer
If this isn't your face as you realize that we're officially in double-digit-dates of July & the summer is slipping by faster than ever - you might not be a real human. Just sayin'. #BraelynnFiona  #KennywoodPark  #Kennywood  #KennywoodFan  #KennywoodPark2018  #RollerCoasterPhotographer  #MadeToThrill  #TheWhip  #PittsburghPark  #WestMifflinPA  #SteelCityGrammers  #PittsburghMostDope  #ILovePittsburgh  #AmusementPark  #ThrillRide  #ShootAndShare  #RisingTideSociety  #PittsburghPA  #RidingRollerCoasters  #Kiddieland  #KennywoodKiddieland  #MiniWhip  #HappySummer 
Katie always dreamed of getting married on her Grandparent's property. And today, that dream came true as she & Casey turned DelDorBen Lane into the wedding venue of her dreams. Everything was absolutely perfect, from the sunshine, to the slight breeze, to the birds that sang their little hearts out as Katie & Casey pledged their hearts & lives to one another. Congratulations Katie & Casey - love you guys!!
#ButterMeUp #KAPCouple #KaraAbbeyPhotography
#SummerWedding #BackyardWedding #ShootAndShare #RisingTideSociety #OutdoorWedding #JustMarried #7718 #2018Wedding #SoHappyInLove #ThatTree
Katie always dreamed of getting married on her Grandparent's property. And today, that dream came true as she & Casey turned DelDorBen Lane into the wedding venue of her dreams. Everything was absolutely perfect, from the sunshine, to the slight breeze, to the birds that sang their little hearts out as Katie & Casey pledged their hearts & lives to one another. Congratulations Katie & Casey - love you guys!! #ButterMeUp  #KAPCouple  #KaraAbbeyPhotography  #SummerWedding  #BackyardWedding  #ShootAndShare  #RisingTideSociety  #OutdoorWedding  #JustMarried  #7718  #2018Wedding  #SoHappyInLove  #ThatTree 
Tomorrow’s the big day!! We can’t wait to celebrate with Katie & Casey - it’s going to be an AMAZING day!!
(Tomorrow has been in the making for over a year, when Katie came up to me at Tara & Matt’s wedding & said “I’m not engaged yet, but it’s coming soon, and you have to photograph my wedding!!”)
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Tomorrow’s the big day!! We can’t wait to celebrate with Katie & Casey - it’s going to be an AMAZING day!! (Tomorrow has been in the making for over a year, when Katie came up to me at Tara & Matt’s wedding & said “I’m not engaged yet, but it’s coming soon, and you have to photograph my wedding!!”) #ButterMeUp  #KAPCouple  #KaraAbbeyPhotography  . . . . . #Engaged  #Engagement  #EngagementPhotography  #EngagementPhotographer  #EngagementPhotos  #EngagementSession  #SheSaidYes  #TheyreGettingMarried  #Fiance  #RealCouple  #PittsburghEngagement  #PittsburghEngagementPhotographer  #ShootAndShare  #RisingTideSociety  #LoveIntentionally  #ItStartedWithYes  #FlashesOfDelight  #WeddingCountdown  #SoHappyInLove  #FallEngagement  #FallEngagementPhotos  #AutumnLove  #FallPhotos  #CoveredBridge  #PACoveredBridge  #CoveredBridges  #7718 
Our neighborhood seems to have gone out & singlehandedly bought ALL of the fireworks because it currently sounds like a war zone outside!
How was your Fourth of July (or your Wednesday that really felt like a Saturday)? Are you a firework-setter-offer (like all of my neighbors) or would you rather go somewhere & watch a firework display?
#KaraAbbeyPhotography #KAPCouple 
#Fireworks #WeddingFireworks #SevenSprings #SevenSpringsWedding #FourthOfJuly #FourthOfJuly2018 #BurghBrides #ShootAndShare #RisingTideSociety #BabyYourAFirework
Our neighborhood seems to have gone out & singlehandedly bought ALL of the fireworks because it currently sounds like a war zone outside! How was your Fourth of July (or your Wednesday that really felt like a Saturday)? Are you a firework-setter-offer (like all of my neighbors) or would you rather go somewhere & watch a firework display? #KaraAbbeyPhotography  #KAPCouple  #Fireworks  #WeddingFireworks  #SevenSprings  #SevenSpringsWedding  #FourthOfJuly  #FourthOfJuly2018  #BurghBrides  #ShootAndShare  #RisingTideSociety  #BabyYourAFirework 
Ben & Caitlin's Penn State inspired cake by @bethelbakery was just stunning! It took my breath away as soon as I entered the reception room & I loved seeing all of the guests' wide-eyed amazement as they came in to see it too!
If you missed it, Ben & Caitlin's wedding day highlights were on my blog last week! #LinkInProfile 
#KaraAbbeyPhotography #WeddingCake #2018Wedding #PittsburghPA #PittsburghPAWedding #ShootAndShare #RisingTideSociety #BurghBrides #NavyWeddingCake #BlueWeddingCake #PennState #PennStateCake #LetThemEatCake #BethelBakery
Ben & Caitlin's Penn State inspired cake by @bethelbakery was just stunning! It took my breath away as soon as I entered the reception room & I loved seeing all of the guests' wide-eyed amazement as they came in to see it too! If you missed it, Ben & Caitlin's wedding day highlights were on my blog last week! #LinkInProfile  #KaraAbbeyPhotography  #WeddingCake  #2018Wedding  #PittsburghPA  #PittsburghPAWedding  #ShootAndShare  #RisingTideSociety  #BurghBrides  #NavyWeddingCake  #BlueWeddingCake  #PennState  #PennStateCake  #LetThemEatCake  #BethelBakery 
I'm so thankful that on wedding days - everyone's focus is on the stunning bride & handsome groom.
Because by the end of a hot summer wedding day, I am every level of a hot mess 😂
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I'm so thankful that on wedding days - everyone's focus is on the stunning bride & handsome groom. Because by the end of a hot summer wedding day, I am every level of a hot mess 😂 #ImKaraAbbey  . . . . . #FivePinesBarnWedding  #CreativePrenuer  #SAHM  #WAHM  #MyMommyIsAPhotographer  #RealLife  #ThisIsRealLife  #IrwinPA  #ShootAndShare  #RisingTideSociety  #PhotographerMama  #PhotographerMom  #WorkAtHomeMom  #StayAtHomeMom  #WeddingPhotographer  #BehindTheScenes  #SelfPortrait  #WeddingBTS  #WeddingPhotog  #ImAWeddingPhotographer  #WeddingDayBTS  #WeddingPhotographer  #PAWeddingPhotographer 
While Ben's parents were helping their son & soon to be daughter-in-law plan their wedding, they came across a wedding photographer who lived on their street - just a few houses up from them! Curious - they called this photographer & just a few days later - I walked the few houses down & enjoyed the most wonderful evening with Ben & Caitlin, Ben's parents, and Caitlin's Mom! It's definitely the best "how we found our photographer" story ever!
So today, I got to celebrate with my neighbors as their son married the sweetest little Texas girl! It's such a small world!
Congratulations Ben & Caitlin!
#KAPCouple #KaraAbbeyPhotography 
#PhippsConservatory #PhippsWedding #PittsburghPA #PittsburghWedding #BurghBrides #RisingTideSociety #ShootAndShare #ColorfulWedding #PhippsConservatoryPittsburgh
While Ben's parents were helping their son & soon to be daughter-in-law plan their wedding, they came across a wedding photographer who lived on their street - just a few houses up from them! Curious - they called this photographer & just a few days later - I walked the few houses down & enjoyed the most wonderful evening with Ben & Caitlin, Ben's parents, and Caitlin's Mom! It's definitely the best "how we found our photographer" story ever! So today, I got to celebrate with my neighbors as their son married the sweetest little Texas girl! It's such a small world! Congratulations Ben & Caitlin! #KAPCouple  #KaraAbbeyPhotography  #PhippsConservatory  #PhippsWedding  #PittsburghPA  #PittsburghWedding  #BurghBrides  #RisingTideSociety  #ShootAndShare  #ColorfulWedding  #PhippsConservatoryPittsburgh