Dear Everyone,

You MUST spend at LEAST two minutes looking through these photos…. because SERIOUSLY.  The Shanghai Pearl and her gang KNOCKED THIS ONE OUT OF THE PARK! KABLOOEY! The Ookla 10th Anniversary part at the Pacific Science Center was BONKERS, let me tell you a little about it and THEN we’ll get to the photos!

First the team was lead by some hilarious actors/tour guides from their offices to the monorail given amazing Seattle facts that made you go, hmmmm….. greeted by your favorite photographer for a big group shot before heading inside for drinks with the dinos!  After an hour of cocktails in the dinosaur exhibit and a million poloroid selifies we headed into the outer space where we were served champagne drinks from a falling star (also known as a beautiful trapeze artist) and served dinner from the most amazing City Catering (yuuuuum!). There were more poloroids, more cat coloring books, more hilarious stories from our goofy tour guides and ending dinner with a birthday song and THREE CRAZY CATS jumping out of a lifesize CAKE! SAY WHAT?!?   Now… you HAVE to be saying to yourself… there cannot be any more – but if you did, you would be WRONG!  BECAUSE THEN a GIANT dancing robot and dinosaur grabbed us and lead us into the NEXT room where we had karaoke with Baby Van Beezly, AMAAAZING mini whoopie pies and a whole dessert bar, REALLY Shitty Caricatures by Deuxkla (seriously amazing!), a bounce castle and velcro suit station where you could jump and get stuck to the wall… oh yeah!!  There was  a robot lady wearing a dress of champagne, private tours of the butterfly exhibit and all of the dancing and fun you could manage.  It. Was. Neat.

Hope you love it too!!

Love,  Barbie


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Sunday Morning was AWESOME! Seattle Met magazine held their 2nd annual 2016 Country Brunch & Bloody Mary Smackdown at the Metropolist – there were five restaurants competing for the best Brunch Bites and six bartenders competing for the best Bloody Mary… and YUM. Yum yum yum!  I vote for ALL OF THEM! They were so good – and there was some really cool entertainment (as always, Seattle Met knows how to throw a party!!) The Seattle Met Photo Booth, Country music by James Dean Kindle & the Eastern Oregon Playboys.  All of the proceeds of the morning went to the Ronald McDonald House of Washington & Alaska – it’s always fun to enjoy these parties, even better when it’s for a great cause!

Competing Restaurants & Bars

Barrio // Brave Horse Tavern // Ernest loves Agnes // Hattie’s Hat // LionHead // Lost Lake // Skillet // Super Six // Tortas Condesa // Meet The Moon // Sun Liquor



Ancho Reyes // Reyka Vodka // Charlie’s Produce // Metropolist // Cafe Vita // Zico Coconut Water // Frost // Nuflours



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Rick & Maddy, I love this couple (adorable, funny, both come from the BEST families), I love their story (guys, they MET in the SECOND GRADE!) aaaaaand I REALLY love their wedding, (it was fun wedding, with SO many of Seattle’s greatest vendors and wowza was the weather more than perfect).  Oh, wait! I nearly forgot to tell you… we got to drive the golf carts, so that was a bonus for sure!  HA!  Here are a few of my favorite images from Rick & Maddy’s wedding at the Bear Creek Country Club – I hope you enjoy looking through these photos. :0)

Coordinator / Katie with Sprinkled in Seattle | Venue / Bear Creek Country Club | Officiant / Annemarie Juhlian | Florist /  Woodinville Florists | Makeup / Hanna Mazur | DJ / Gumbeaux with Magnolia Rhapsody | Photographers / Barbie Hull Photography & Loren Callahan (THANKS LOREN!! SUPER FUN WORKING WITH YOU!!)

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Everyone from Seattle seems to be running to Iceland as fast as they can, well – THIS Icelandic company is running here to Seattle as fast as they can, AND what neighborhood do they choose?? Mine of course. :0)  Reyka Vodka LOVES Fremont, Washington… you know it! I mean, I know why they do, quite obvious… it’s where I choose to live – it’s a kickass neighborhood.  There are trolls under bridges, statues of cool people, rocket ships – I mean it’s KNOWN for being the center of the universe, and NOT just my universe…. everyone’s.  Oh yeah, and every other building is a REALLY cool bar, like HA! and Add-A-Ball and Fremont Brewing and 9 Million in Unmarked Bills just to name a few.  Although now that I named those – like ten more have already popped into my head, you’ll just have to come check out the hood for yourself! (call me when you do, we can grab a drink!) – Now that I’ve told you about the coolest neighborhood…. let me show you some photos of the coolest bartender, meet Trevor Schneider from Brooklyn NY – he walked off of the plane into this shoot and this guy, SO hilarious!  Be sure to keep an eye out for this handsome devil in the pages of Seattle Met Magazine in the coming months, you know… because it’s cool. :0)

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I’ve known Chris for a few years now, you probably recognize him, the cool kid who ran the show at the Columbia Tower Club.  Last Saturday, let me tell you – he got a WHOLE lot cooler when he married the funniest, sweetest, nicest girl on the planet!  Amy & Chris are a dynamo couple, they had SUCH a great wedding, I just wish you all could have been there to enjoy it.  All of the laughs, the dancing, the whiskey tasting and the DEEEELICIOUS food, wow!  Since you weren’t able to – I took a few photos to share with you. :0)

Chris & Amy’s Wedding Team 

Venue – Columbia Tower Club

Planner – Janel with Occaisons Event Planning

Florist – Ravenna Bloom

Hair & Makeup – Off White Hair & Makeup

Dress – I do Bridal

Photographers – Barbie Hull Photography & Carol Harrold Photography

DJ – Sean with Seattle Parties

Caterer – Columbia Tower Club

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Check it out, there is a fun workshop coming up!  April 28th 6-9pm the Blooms and Chalk Workshop will be taking place in Fremont (my favorite neighborhood) where you will be sipping champagne (because bubbles make everything better) getting some tips and tricks on how to arrange some beautiful spring florals, and learning how to do that fancy chalk writing we are always so envious of!!  The three talented ladies you will be spending the evening with are Jean Louise of Juniper Flowers, Emily of Sweet Pea Events & Katie of Chalk Boss.   There are only ten spaces available and not only will you be leaving with the knowledge picked up that evening – but also some fancy swag by the gals too!

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Kevin & Diana got HITCHED!!  It was a ridiculously rainy Seattle day, giving us the BEST reason to pull out the Bella Umbrella vintage rentals – GORGEOUS!  The ceremony was on the West Seattle Water Taxi (SWEETEST!) and we went for a rainy day vintage car ride down Alki to their home, stopping a few places for some rainy day portraits (always a fav!) before heading off to Salty’s for a DEEELICIOUS dinner and some fun dancing!  Such a sweet personalized, perfect for Kevin & Diana kind of day!  I had a lot of fun… and hope they did too!


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First of all, let me say that Frank and Hillary are the Get Hitched, Give Hope Couple of the YEAR!  :0)  Making Dreams come true with every vendor they hired!!  They are wonderful people, with the BEST families and the CUTEST son… I mean, little Mikey – look at him, ADORABLE!!  And now – I have to be honest here…it is TOO much fun when your best friends little sister gets MARRIED!!  The whole DAY is a party!!  Becca and I took EVERY opportunity to laugh our faces off with everyone we photographed.  Not to brag – but, we had the MOST fun!!  Starting at the Alexis hotel to get ready, sipping champagne and maybe a little whiskey from the camera flask! Meeting up at Gasworks park for a CHIIILLLY portrait sesh, and off to the Skansonia where there was the sweetest ceremony followed by the ULTIMATE dance party. We never wanted it to end!

Each year we donate a wedding to Get Hitched, Give Hope – a fancy shmancy party at the Four Seasons Hotel in Seattle where brides, grooms and all of their people get dolled up to enjoy bevvies, bites and amazing ambiance!! Most importantly, they get to hire their photographer, florist, planner, invitation designer, DJ, videographer, choose their jewelry maker, gown designer, custom suit fitting, I mean… they could LITERALLY plan their entire wedding in one night! BOOM.  BONUS is that every dollar they spend goes to charity!!  Yuuuuup!  Get Hitched, Give Hope is 100% volunteer and donation driven – we give as much as humanly possible to Dream Foundation and to Young Survival Coalition.  Making a HUGE difference in many peoples lives – AND you get to say that your wedding made many people’s dreams come true.  Win-Win-Win-Win!  Everyone wins!

Frank & Hillary hired the BEST folks in Seattle, and I think 90% of them are Get Hitched, Give Hope sponsors and donors!!  Thank You EVERYONE for working so hard and helping to make DREAMS come true!


Photography – Barbie Hull Photography & Rebecca Ellison Photography

Hair & Makeup – Salon Maison

Hotel – The Alexis Seattle

DJ – Braden Landon

Photo Booth – 321Foto

Dress – The Dress Theory 

Venue – MV Skansonia

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