Abby and I first met in conducting class at Drake and I remember looking up to her as a musician, educator, performer and conductor. Abby plays viola for the Des Moines Symphony and teaches in a nearby school district. It would only be natural that her daughter, Ms. Bella is taking up viola as well. When your Mama is a pro, you know you're destined for great things! 

I was thrilled to find out that Abby had a special someone in her life and over the moon ecstatic when Ben popped the question. When you are blending a family, it only seemed right to include Bella and Ben's son Barrin in a few group shots as well. They were great sports about it and even though Abby was a little concerned about the boys (since they are always goofy in photos at home), the boys were excellent and I wouldn't have guessed them for goofs at all! ;) 

We did a few more family by the water, some of just Abby with Bella and some of just Ben with Barrin too. 

Here's the fun part with just Ben & Abby. I can't wait to see how their wedding day comes together in October!

Abby & Ben (Bella & Barrin): Thank you so much for having me out with you guys! I'm so excited for your family as you start a life together as a group of four! Blessings on your school year transition from summer and the last mad-dash of the planning process for October. I know it's going to be full of joy and laughter (and maybe a few goof-balls) ;) 

Blessings, 

Carrie

PS You can view more of our time together HERE. 

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