Steph & Caleb’s Seattle Engagement Session was a few short weeks ago.It  was one of our rare dry beautiful December days it seems like we got SO lucky with the weather! We met at the Sculpture Park then walked our way over to the rooftop of the World Trade Center swapping stories the whole way, we ended the night with a beer at everyone’s favorite brewery, Old Stove Brewing at Pike Place and had the BEST time!

Have you ever tried sabering a bottle of champagne?? Did you nail it on the first try!? Please, I’d LOVE to know your secrets!

To spice up our portrait session we decided to blast off a couple of bottles of champagne for some exciting photos and it was HILARIOUS!!  Best part of the day if you ask me!!

In my opinion engagement portraits are a GREAT way for us to get to know each other!   The session not only gives you some beautiful images of the two of you, but it also gives you the opportunity to feel more comfortable and confident in front of the camera.

People say it can be awkward to be photographed. It’s true,  I TOTALLY understand!  By scheduling an engagement session a few months before your wedding, you’ll get all of the nerves out and feel 100% confident on your wedding day!  For another example of a great portrait session – check out this adventure shoot that ends with a proposal from Snoqualmie Falls.

Here are a few of my favorite images from Caleb & Steph’s engagement session. I can’t wait to share their wedding photos with you!

P I NP I NP I NP I NPlayful engagement portraits at the Myrtle Edwards Beach Park in SeattleP I NNewly engaged couple hugging with excitement as they think about their upcoming nuptials! P I NSabering a bottle of champagne during an engagement session at the Seattle waterfront. P I NP I NNewly engaged couple Caleb & Stephanie in front of the Seattle Space Needle. P I NP I NP I Na fun loving twirl with the newly engaged couple in front of the space needle. P I NA newly engaged couple posing for a photo in front of the city of Seattle. P I NP I NP I NP I NP I NSteph and Caleb got engaged at the Old Stove Brewing, so it only makes sense that we took their engagement portraits there as well. P I NP I NA beautiful silhouette of Steph & Caleb during their engagement portrait at the Old Stove Brewing in Pike Place MarketP I NP I NThe iconic Pike Place Market is one of my favorite places to take portraits!  The gorgeous backdrops, the amazing views and SO much character every where you look, check out this past project on the Pike Place Market we photographed about a year or so ago.  – https://barbiehull.com/2017/03/pike-place-market/

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  • Heather - I love the uniqueness of this session! So very PNW but so them! Great work.ReplyCancel

  • Adam Young - Hello,

    I will be in Seattle March 13-17 and interested in engagement photos. I know it’s last minute but we are curious if you would be available for the timeframe.

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    • admin - Hi there! Yes, I sure am! There are openings on both the 14th & 15th. 🙂ReplyCancel

    • admin - Hi there! Yes, I sure am! There are openings on both the 14th & 15th. 🙂 Send me an email barbie@barbiehull.com and I’ll send you pricing then we will talk locations and get everything set up!ReplyCancel

Take a peek at Kayla & Peter’s Georgetown Ballroom Wedding!  From the very minute we sat down for our meeting it was obvious we would have a GREAT time working together!  Turns out, we sure as heck did!!  This good-looking couple are ridiculously FUN to be around.  If you don’t believe me – just browse through some of these photos down below. You’ll see!

These cat loving UW grads talked about how they prefer personal details over Pinterest perfection. They love dipping, twirling, laughing AND WHISKEY, I mean – hello, MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN!  (Or the mid-west, whatever).

Everyone’s favorite Ballard couple(Peter & Kayla, obvs) had their priorities straight when planning their wedding. They wanted to have a stress free, no fuss wedding with personal touches.  I mean WHO doesn’t?!  It was essential that everyone had a great time and I can 100% say they TOTALLY pulled it off!

IF you’re wondering HOW they did all of this, I can only speculate.  But I am guessing here when I say – it started by having a long engagement. They planned early and made SMART choices, most importantly – they trusted their vendors then to put the icing on the cake…. they both have amazing style!!  Peter & Kayla chose Georgetown Ballroom as their venue because they loved the owner,  the coordinators AND the unique look to the ballroom!

 

 

Dream Wedding Team

Venue: Georgetown Ballroom – Getting Ready Hotel: Fairmont Olympic Hotel, Seattle –  Hair & Makeup: Off White Hair & Makeup – Dress: Dress Theory – Video Team:  Killer Creations – Dessert: Milk Bar – Florist:  Band: Michael Benson Band – Gettaway Car: British Motor Coach – Photobooth: Shutter Bus Co. – Photography Team:  Barbie Hull Photography & Chris Varnes

 

Something borrowed, her best friends garter signifies borrowed happiness for all of their yearsP I NSweet bridal slippers for the getting readyP I NThe perfect wedding shoe, glittery Jimmy Choo stilletos! P I NSomething blue - the brideP I NOff White Hair & Makeup put the finishing touches on KaylaP I NOne final quiet moment in the sweetest lace robe before putting on her gown.P I NP I NThe bridal party toast before the day REALLY begins!P I NP I NGetting Zipped up!P I NP I NBeautiful bride in her perfectly made for her wedding gown from Dress Theory!P I NP I NP I NP I NP I NP I NGroom and his groomsmen on their rooftop deck in BallardP I NCheers to a GREAT day!P I NP I NP I NThe first look is the BEST part of the day!P I NReasons to do a first look - number one, you get all of your portraits out of the way so after the ceremony you get RIGHT down to partying!! P I NThis bride wore the MOST beautiful capelet! P I NStunning bride about to see her groom for the very first time! P I NP I NP I NFirst look feels!P I NThe sun rained down on these two as they shared their private vows before the ceremony! SO SWEET!P I NThat look that says it all! I love you!P I NP I NNothing is more beautiful than laughterP I NP I NP I NKisses on the wedding day - SO SWEET!P I NP I NCat TattooP I NBride & Groom Dip at the Sculpture Park - a work of art! P I NThat veil was worn by her Mom, wishing ALL of the good luck for all of the years!P I NP I NP I NP I NP I NP I NP I NP I NP I NP I NP I NP I NBride & Groom in front of their wedding venue - the Georgetown BallroomP I NP I NP I NP I NP I NP I NP I NP I NThe Shutter Bus Co is the FUNNEST photobooth out there!  P I NP I NThe groom cannot stop smiling at his bride during the ceremonyP I NP I NP I NP I NP I NP I NP I NP I NP I NP I NUnique glassware at the table settings of this beautiful wedding reception! P I NP I NP I NP I NP I NP I NA grand entrance for the bride and groom! P I NA champagne tower of PERFECTION! P I NP I NP I NP I NP I NP I NP I NP I NP I NP I NP I NThis bride had MORe fun than anyone on her wedding day! P I NP I NMother Son DanceP I NGrandpa + Bride DanceP I NDancing with your Grandad to Michael BensonP I NThe Georgetown Ballroom is such a beautiful, unique and colorful space!  P I NP I NP I NP I NP I NP I NP I NP I NP I NThe Michael Benson Band kept this dance floor PACKED!!  P I NP I NBritish Motor Coach provides the MOST beautiful car for kissing in! P I NThe BEST gettaway dress you could ever imagine, plus look at those legs!!! VAVOOM!P I N

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  • Alex Abbott - Great set of photo’s, I bet the bride and groom are very happy with them! Everyone looks like they are having an amazing time!!ReplyCancel

    • admin - Thank you so much!! The Bride and Groom have mentioned they love them! 🙂ReplyCancel

Let me just start by saying, I LOVE DESTINATION WEDDINGS!!!

It’s a FACT. This time next week we will be ON AN AIRPLANE headed to TULUM Mexico to celebrate our best friends Laurel and David as they tie the knot at their destination wedding! AAAAAAND this time last year we were just getting back from Puerta Vallarta where we helped celebrate the wedding of Carl & Cheyenne, it was INCREDIBLE!!  Like… we’re STILL glowing from it – it’s THAT incredible!  The stories and memories we have – will never fade!  HA! (I’m looking at you Molly!)

Carl & Cheyenne are such dynamic people, I LOVE having them in my life and love being part of their world!! Every time Cheyenne and I would get together to talk timelines or photo ideas or anything about weddings, we would end up CRYING.  ALL of the happy tears!!  Yes, there was champagne involved.  Yes, we would talk about how crazy it is to be planning a wedding and DEFINITELY how lucky we were to be going to Mexico to celebrate.

Destination weddings are a lot of work and a lot of money, it’s hard to make decisions from so far away – where you can’t see, feel and touch everything.  It’s even harder with the language barrier.  What is GREAT about being so far away from home is that once you’re there…. you’re there!  The party will start days in advance.  Guests started arriving 3-4 days before the wedding, getting settled in with quality time in the pool, at the swim up bar.  There is a rehearsal dinner, a pre-party and a lot of time to chill and soak in not only the sun but also the reason you’re there. Love.

Carl & Cheyenne chose The Hard Rock Puerta Vallarta for their wedding, it’s all inclusive with an amazing pool AND located right on the beach!  There were so many great places for photos on the property, I think we were there for six days and never even felt like we wanted to leave!  To say it was magical doesn’t even begin to describe how fun it was!

WAIT – we haven’t even TALKED about the most amazing thing that happened.  It rained!  That sounds fairly standard for Seattle weddings… but we weren’t IN Seattle.  We were in Mexico, and it didn’t just rain.  The sky opened up and it DUMPED buckets on us.  The weather report said rain was in the future – but we didn’t freak out.  We embraced it and honestly – had the BEST time because of it!!  It was perfectly nice for portraits. Lovely for the ceremony on the beach. When cocktail hour started – we could see the dark clouds heading our way and as soon as we sat down for dinner… the skies opened up!

You’ll have to scroll down and check out the final photos to REALLY understand how much fun we had – it was a LOT.  In fact, we might have had ALL of the fun and left none for anyone else.  HA!  SorryNOTSORRY!

P I NP I NAnniversary portraitP I NMariachi band about to serenade the bride and groom!P I NP I NP I NP I NP I NBridal getting ready portraitsP I NP I NP I NThe groom waiting patiently to see his beautiful brideP I NP I Nthe bride headed to the beach to see her groom for the first lookP I NP I NP I NP I NP I NP I NP I NP I NP I NP I NP I NP I NP I NGrandma and Grandpa making out on the beach?! Relationship goals RIGHT here folks! P I NP I NP I NP I NCarl waits for his bride, you can tell he can see her off in the distance. SWEETEST!! P I NP I NP I NDaddyP I NP I NP I NP I NThe first kiss as husband and wife in the wedding ceremony on the beach, Mexico. P I NWedding ceremony on the beach of Puerta VallartaP I NChampagne and lizards! Perfect Mexican wedding details.P I NBeach time portraits for the couples in the wedding party!P I NP I NP I NP I NP I NP I NP I NIf it rains, we get wet! But We ALWAYS HAVE FUN!!!! This was a wedding we will NEVER FORGET!P I NP I NEmbracing the rain on a wedding day!P I NP I NP I NP I NWe danced in the rain!P I NCraziest flower girl in a rain storm of an outdoor wedding. It was perfection!P I NP I NP I NP I NP I NP I NIt was raining so hard we figured we should hop in the pool and make this wedding one to remember!! P I NP I NWe changed into dry clothes after the rain and we DANCED!!P I NP I NCHEERS BITCHES!!P I NP I NA tear filled speech by the groom?!?! YES PLEASE!P I NP I NMama is really excited about this bouquet toss!! P I NChris caught the garter and just a few short months later proposed!! P I NP I NP I Nrainy day ring photo by Barbie Hull Photography, Ring design by Mary DoudP I N

 

If you want to see more destination wedding photos,

Here’s a link to Angele & Andrew’s Wedding

Here’s a link to Libby & TJ’s Pendleton Wedding

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Seattle family portraits at Golden Gardens

Take a moment to check out the Rosso family portraits, you won’t regret it!  A few weeks ago we went to Golden Gardens beach in Seattle’s famous Ballard neighborhood, one of my favorites!  We played around taking portraits for oh-about an hour on this beautiful sunny Seattle Sunday morning.  Everyone was feeling like we got lucky to have the beach to ourselves, (ooooh – by lucky I mean, we showed up super early before the crowds) and were able to explore through the trees, down to the water and towards the rocky shore.  Golden Gardens beach has SO much to offer for backgrounds in a portrait session!!

Adorable little Nico is just six months old right now, a ridiculously fun age, probably one of my favorites!!  He’s smiling, can sit up on his own, hates to eat sand! (I mean, besides his brother Luigi don’t we all hate eating sand?!) Oh, and Nico LOVES it when his Grandma Linda sings “The Wheels on the Bus”!! That song makes him smile EVERY time!!

Nico LOVES flirting with the ladies and doesn’t mind being on camera at all, I hope this phase lasts throughout high school!  🙂

One of my favorite things about being a family portrait photographer is being able to capture a moment in time. To be able to document a little piece of history for the families who hire me.

Maybe it sounds silly, but as much as we enjoy these photos right now, posting them on Facebook & Instagram we are really  taking them for our future selves!  It really is so lovely to print a few favorite photographs, either frame them or put them in an album and bring them out on special occasions. You know, high school graduations, first dates, think about when Nico grows up and has a family of his own and him showing his babies these photos!!  It makes me want to cry right now, SLOW DOWN TIME!!

When Nico was just a two weeks old I was lucky enough to photograph his newborn photos (the SWEETEST) and his Mama (the beautiful Andrea you see here) mentioned to me that she LOVES them because that time of her life was such a blur, that it’s hard to remember everything and she loves looking through the photos and remembering how tiny he really was!

Here are a few of my favorite images from the Rosso family portrait session, where Ralph’s mom and brother were able to join us from the east coast for a few photos, I hope you love them as much as I do!!

Family portraits at the beachP I NGolden Garden family portraitsP I NFamily photos including a dogP I NFur baby family portraits P I NFamily portraits in SeattleP I NP I NSmiling baby family portraits at the beachP I NP I NP I NP I NDad and his sonP I NMama and her son photosP I NP I NFamily portraits including the dog and the babyP I NP I Nbubbles at the beachP I NP I NBaby Nico sitting in the grass, family portraits at the beachP I NP I NP I NThe cutest baby at the beachP I NP I NP I NP I N

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If you’ve got to a few minutes to spare, you’ve GOT to check out this beautiful brunch wedding at the Woodmark Hotel!!   The people are beautiful, the location is phenomenal and we had SO much fun making these photos! (Having fun is MOST important on any day, but a wedding day – obviously EXTRA important!!)

Betsy and Wade have a wonderful story, they’ve been in love and together for over ten years. They decided it was time to make it official and wanted to celebrate their love with all of their family and friends together in one amazing space!  They chose the Woodmark Hotel in Kirkland because of the beautiful views, the amazing staff and delicious food… I mean seriously – have you been there?! If not, check out these photos then go visit, you’re guaranteed to fall in love!  It was a lovely Sunday brunch celebration seemed like the BEST choice for everyone, because HELLOOO chicken and waffles and mimosas – THIS is what perfection looks like!  Oh man, Eleanor with Bash & Bloom did the most amazing work with her gorgeous floral decor, it’s always a treat to work with her – she is SO talented!

I have to tell you, it is weekends like this with people like these ones that really remind me why I love this lifestyle of a job. It isn’t always easy being a wedding photographer, it is a consuming profession so you really have to love it (and I do!)  But from the very first phone call with Jane (Betsy’s Mom) it was clear – I’m going to really enjoy this wedding!! It has been a LOT of fun getting to know Betsy & Wade and their WONDERFUL families – they not only make everything worth it – but they make me want to give so much more!  I hope you all love the photos as much as I love the people in them!

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The loveliest arrangement of wedding party attire in blushes, violets and gold from I do Bridal, Nordstrom and BHLDN. P I N

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Getting ready on her wedding day this beautiful bride is glowing with wedded bliss as she prepares for the ceremony in her suite at the Woodmark Hotel.P I N

A stunning bride on her wedding day with BEAUTIFUL details and possibly the most perfect smile.P I N

A quick glance back towards her Mama as she heads down the hall to see her groom!P I N

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A beautiful dress from I do bridal and bridal bouquet from Eleanor at Bash and Bloom. P I N

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A beautiful wedding party in the garden pathways at the Woodmark Hotel, a great location for wedding day portraits.P I N

Complete perfection as the bride holds hands with and glances down at her flower girls with love and they look back with adoration.P I N

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Two beautiful black and white images of the wedding party moments before they walked down the aisle, SO much excitement in these elevators. P I N

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A BEAUTIFUL silhouette of the bride and groom on the staircase at the Woodmark Hotel. P I N

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This father daughter dance had EVERYONE excited as they danced the SHAG on the outdoor dancefloor at the Woodmark Hotel. P I N

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An emotional Mother Son dance and congratulation hug to her youngest son. P I N

Some REALLY good-looking guests here at the Woodmark Hotel. P I N

Nothing beats a GREAT live band at a wedding reception. P I NP I N

 

 

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There is always that one groomsmen who has WAY more fun than anyone else at the wedding, at Betsy & WadeP I N

The flower girls play a game of chess as they patiently wait for their dessert.P I N

Posing for one final photo by the elevators at the Woodmark Hotel before the bride and groom head out to their honeymoon.P I N

Sparkler gettways can be fun even in the daytime when you have a cheering crowd of guests and a beautiful bride and groom to run through them.P I N

The bride and groom looking magazine cover beautiful in this glamorous Chris-Craft boat in front of the Woodmark Hotel.P I N

The Woodmark Hotel offers a beautiful Chris-Craft boat as a gettaway option for the bride and groom on their wedding day. P I N

 

 

They had a dream team of vendors –

Venue: The Woodmark Hotel – Florist: Bash & Bloom – Photographer: Barbie Hull Photography – Caterer: The Woodmark Hotel – Desserts: Kathy Stenger – Officiant: Uncle Steve – Dress: I Do Bridal – Band:  – Planner: Friend/Craig Williams

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I have been SO excited to share these backyard portraits with the Link Family for a few weeks now!  My face SERIOUSLY still hurts from laughing so much with these little giggle monsters!  It has been such a pleasure to know and what feels like joining the family of Trisha & Jesse!! We met so many years ago while they were planning their wedding and since them have been lucky enough to photograph the wedding, pregnancies and first years of both Aster & Violet’s lives.  A lot has changed over the years and we’ve all grown in so many ways, being able to document real life history in the making  – the crazy hairstyles, puppy brothers, home renovations and back yard playgrounds knowing these photos will be loved (and laughed at) for years is my absolute favorite and what makes everything worth it for me! Love you crazy Link people, thanks for including me in on all of the fun!!P I NP I NP I NP I NP I NP I NP I NP I NP I NP I NP I NP I NP I NP I NP I NP I NP I NP I NP I NP I NP I NP I NP I NP I NP I NP I NP I N

 

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Welcome to the world little Eli!!  The Fentress Family has a tiny ADORABLE addition and you are going to fall in LOVE with him when you see these photos!!  Congratulations Kristi & Joey you have created the most perfect little man and I can’t wait to watch him grow!!  I love an in-home session for just this type of shoot.  It puts the family at ease so they can just enjoy quiet time in their comfy space, and I can capture them in their natural habitat!

Baby PortraitP I NP I Nin home family portrait sessionP I NP I NTiny baby feetP I NLove all of those little baby chins! P I Ncheek pinching adorable babe! P I NP I NP I NP I NP I NP I NP I N

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A few weeks back I received a call from Chris.  He was SO excited to propose to his long time girlfriend and wanted to do it in an adventurous way!  Being from the Sacramento area, they wanted something unique, different, dramatic and together we came up with the perfect idea.  A Snoqualmie Falls Proposal!  It was planned as an adventure shoot, where they got all dolled up for some photos in the forest and at the base of the falls.  It wasn’t an easy hike and Shivani was a TROOPER in her full length glitter gown!!  The code was – when they tossed rose petals in the air he would get down on one knee and pop the question and the whole thing went off FLAWLESSLY! What an exciting moment and I am SO excited to have been there not only to witness but also to capture!

Here are a few of my favorite images from the day:

 

This Brenizer portrait was taken in the forest near the Snoqualmie Falls and was shot with an 85mm 1.4 Nikkor lens and is a composite of about 15 separate frames. P I NP I NP I NP I NP I NP I NP I NP I NA beautiful silhouette with Snoqualmie Falls in the BackgroundP I NP I NP I NP I NWill you marry me? P I NSurprise proposal during an adventure shootP I NP I NP I NPortraits at the base of Snoqualmie falls, you can see the lodge up top behind them. P I NP I NBlue Sapphire engagement ringP I N

 

 

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  • Butchi pattisapu - Hey i wanted to know how you reached to the base of waterfalls! i recently went to this place and figured out there was no way to go to same spot as pictured. it would be nice if you share some info!ReplyCancel