Mazel Tov, Maria, on becoming a Bat Mitzvah! She did a great job reading and leading the congregation at Beth Chaim during the event. We were not allowed to take photos during the actual event, and Heidi, her mom, did not want us to take pictures of the rehearsal, but Rabbi Michelle Pearlman did a quick run through that morning and we were allowed to photograph that! She even took the Torah out so Maria could have some wonderful pictures! I suspect she did that because Maria and Heidi are unbelievably nice people. The lunch was really good, but the main event of the day was definitely the party at Talamore Country Club! Having shot many weddings at Talamore, I thought I knew everything about it, but, I was wrong. I never realized how they use the grand ballroom during a party like this. During cocktail hour the adults were enjoying refreshments and cocktails out in the patio room, while the teens had the ballroom to themselves, playing games led by the DJ. During dinner the adults had tables downstairs and were served while the kids had the whole upstairs to themselves and had a buffet. It was awesome! They even had their own bar upstairs serving a fun blue drink which matched Maria's dress. (Cleaver way to serve gatorade.)
The DJ and entertainment was provided by Emcee Jesse Cartlidge from Events Beyond Expectation, EBE They had one emcee to run the games and Sonny the Host to run the dancing. They also show up with some professional dancers to get the party started.
I can't wait to post all the pictures, but for now, here is a sneak peek.