November was a great month, we spent a week in Cabo San Jose, Mexico for the Be Sage Wedding Professionals conference, if I had to describe it in one word, I would have to say it was AMAZING!! But of course, I can’t say just ONE word, I have to tell you ALL about it!!  Michelle and Kelly have created this wonderful event that brings people from all over the world together to share knowledge, inspiration and in the safest of environments where you can bring your ideas to the table without fear of judgement and know that everyone has your best interest at heart.  It really is the BEST!

SO Chris and I were photographing the speakers, details and all of the parties – I wanted to share a few with you, to show you how cool it is and  could barely narrow it down to my favorite 500 images! YIKES!!   Ready??  Start scrolling – I’ll add in a few stories here and there, but really – you should book your spot for Be Sage at Hilton Head 2017 so you can experience it next year for yourself! (I’ll be there!!)

The 2016 Conference was at the Secrets Puerto Los Cabos – an all inclusive, ridiculously gorgeous resort with super nice rooms, several pools and my favorite was the endless supply of over flowing champagne!




There were SO many great speakers with GREAT topics and I have a million pages of notes.  I would love to share them all – BUUUUUUUTTT… then this post would never get finished, because there is just not enough time.   Here are the key players from the conference & their instagram names, check out their sites they are dynamo wedding professionals that we can all learn from!

Founders & Organizers

Michelle LorettaSage Wedding Pros

Kelly SimantsSweet Pea Events

2016 Speaker’s Lineup 

Mari Carmen ObregonEfecto Wow *The WOW effect*

Gretchen Cluver Rocket Science Weddings & Rentivist – *How the sharing economy is disrupting the business world*

Heather Hall –  Maid of Social *How to position your business for tomorrow’s couples on social media*

Jesi HaackJesi Haack Design  *How to get out of your wedding box and expand your business*

Katie Hunt Tradeshow Bootcamp How to Sell Digital & Physical Products Online*

Christy WeberAction & Co *How your online communications are missing the mark*

Felecia HatcherCode Fever *How to become an epic expert & gain new opportunities*

John ScorfranoGarmentory *How to grow your business with other people’s money*

Denise SilvermanClink Events *How to put your team first, ahead of clients & profitability*

Nataly KoganHappier, Inc *How Happiness can better your business*


2016 Event Sponsors 

 Meaghan CodySweet Pea Events

Michelle EdgemontMichelle Edgemont Design

Mariana Martinez AlvaDel Cabo Event Design

Kelly MedanichPink Champagne Paper

Jim WeiszDiscovery DJ & Lighting

Barbie Hull & Chris Varnes Barbie Hull Photography

Jeffery CoombesSplendor Films

Lesley CohenVenue Safari, Luxury Travel

Alyson NewquistRentivist




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I LOVE PROPOSALS!!  They are fun, exciting, sweet – full of emotion and it is really an honor to be able to document such an intimate moment for a couple! When I received the message from Matt that he was going to propose to Nina I screamed!  SO EXCITING!! It’s MOST exciting to photograph the proposal of a friend!  The plan was set, Matt had done a great job of getting the ring, filling the day with errands so  the timing would be perfect – placing them by their favorite lookout point when he received a message requesting for a photo of the two of them, needed right away!   Through all of this planning and scheming – Nina had no clue!  She was 100% surprised!!   Even writing this, I can’t help but feel SO happy for Matt and Nina – I just wish everyone could’ve been there to feel the excitement, to celebrate with hugs and see the surprised look on Nina’s beautiful face!!   Here are a few of my favorite images from the afternoon –

Congratulations Matt & Nina!!  We love you both and wish nothing but the best for you two in your life together!!

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  • Nina - BARBIE!
    THANK YOU SO MUCH AGAIN for being there! These photos are so absolutely wonderful, we really cannot thank you enough!!!
    All our love,
    Nina & MattReplyCancel

Bates & Libby chose Washington as a destination for their Crystal Mountain Wedding and it couldn’t have been more perfect!!  It was one of the hottest days of the year and the mountain was the BEST place to be!! We rode up the gondola for the first look and some amazing portraits of the bride, groom and that amazing mountain! The ceremony was at sunset at the base performed by one of their favorite friends surrounded by all of the people they love. The reception started off with a dance, some DELICIOUS dinner options (ELK!! YUMM!!) oh, and the toasts were hilarious, entertaining and we were all able to learn their fun story!   These two lovebirds met in college and were friends for so many years before even deciding to date – Libby was the one to make the first move, calling him late one night from AFRICA while he was in England! They were both studying abroad and were able to keep their great connection going strong.  After college, they lived the dream and became ski bums – and MAYBE were in the ski patrol?  That part was a little confusing to me thanks to the teasing of Bates’ hilarious cousin! They fell in love with the mountains here in Washington while visiting Libby’s family Bates decided to propose at the most romantic part of the mountain, The Snorting Elk Bowl!

Here are a few of my favorite images, this was such a wonderful event to photograph with such amazing people!!  All of the hugs at the end of the night, so much love to you Libby & Bates, thank you for trusting us to capture your wedding day!!


Wedding Team

Venue // Crystal Mountain Ski Resort

Planner// Sherry at McKenzie Kate Weddings

Florist // Daphne Durst

Hair & Makeup //  Erin Hunt 

Wedding Dress // MeaMarie Atelier

Photographer // Barbie Hull Photography

DJ & Lighting // Braden Landon

Caterer // Cristal Mountain & Ski Resort

Dessert // Hillcrest Bakery

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I always thought I didn’t like scotch… but man was I WRONG. It is DELICIOUS.  Last week Balvenie visited Seattle and had a tasting up on the rooftop of one of the coolest working buildings in Seattle, Galvanize.  Have you been there? Well… until last week neither had I – it is the BEST! Such a cool building and the rooftop and the VIEW!  Wowza! What a great week, found a new drink that I LOVE and a new building to lust after!  David is based in L.A and has the best accent and taught us all of the good ways to smell, sample and enjoy a good glass of Scotch, we learned a little of the history and a lot of good laughs!  Here are a few of my favorite images from the afternoon, tune in to Seattle Met Magazine in August and you’ll see more!


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Kristi & Joey Fentress also known as #FinallyFentress got married this year at St. James Cathedral then partied the night away with all of their friends and family at the Four Seasons Hotel in Seattle.  It seriously could not have been a more gorgeous day, the sun was out (springtime in Seattle WHAT?!) and wasn’t too hot, everyone looked AMAZING (you’ll see). What is even more fun is that every single one of their vendors from their planner Megan with Clutch Events), the DJ Austin Beaver, the venue and even the florist are sponsors of Get Hitched, Give Hope – the best wedding charity gala on the planet!  So by getting married, these two giving people helped to deliver dreams with this gorgeous day! THANK YOU BOTH FOR BEING SUCH WONDERFUL PEOPLE!!











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These girls, Molly & Meghan… seriously could not be any cooler! I love following their adventures through instagram now that we’re pals – but more importantly, last year they got married!!  I know it’s been a few months – but I have to share their photos with you!!  Within probably the first two minutes of chatting with these lovelies on the phone I knew we would be fast friends, they are laid back, super funny and when they talked about each other or their wedding plans you could just tell they were doing this for all of the right reasons.  Love love love love!

They chose Stonehedge Gardens in Hood River Oregon, and this area is GORGEOUS!  Thank you girls for inviting Jennifer and I down to document your incredibly fun wedding, we loved meeting you and your families and hope you are still loving your images!


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The Network Social at Duos Catering over in West Seattle was SO much fun! We have such a great industry with so many amazing and talented people it was nice to have an evening to hang with all of the old friends and meet so many new ones!  Headed up by Diana and her team at Diana Thornton Events she picked a mighty fine crew, here is the list of all of the great sponsors!

Duos Lounge, Duos Catering  // Bamboo Beats  // Barbie Hull Photography  // Crimson Haze Event Lighting  //  Baked  // The Flower Lab   // Pedersen’s Event Rentals  // Espresso Elegance Catering, Inc.  // The Lightning Booth   // Seattle Farm Tables   // Eleven & West // Diana Thornton Events  

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Liza & Taylor are the JAM!  Seriously, not only were they willing to get up at the pre-sunrise (looking good might I add), drive us over to the beach on the island where Liza spent her summers as a kiddo – but ALSO, they packed mimosas for everyone (THANK YOU!) and we had the BEST time.  Moseley the wonderdog kind of stole the show… but I mean, look at him – he’s adorable (and giant!). I love this family of three and CANNOT wait for their wedding in Montana! Gonna be a great one!!

Here are a few of my favs from Taylor & Liza’s sunrise engagement session on Bainbridge Island –

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