Happy spring! It’s been a while since my last post, so I have a lot of photos (a year’s worth!) of photos to share. The set I’m sharing today is about Kate, who became a bat mitzvah last year on a snowy day in January. You wouldn’t know it from the photos – her celebration, held at the Yale Club, was Fire Island themed. (Special thanks to Dari from the Yale Club and Matt from Shine Events for being a pleasure to work with.)
First, though, here’s a few of my favorite photos from their family portrait session in Central Park the autumn before. In her infinite wisdom, Kate’s mom, Alissa, picked the best time of year for photos in the park. The leaves!
Even though I gave myself extra time to get to the Yale Club because of all the snow, when my second photographer Tara and I walked into the space, we wished we had arrived a whole hour earlier. I had known beforehand that Kate’s grandmother lovingly designed and made by hand all the Fire Island themed decor for the party, but to see it in person was something else. We rushed around trying to capture all the thoughtful details.
For example, guests could write Kate messages on vintage postcards. For place cards, each guest picked their name out of a board titled “Meet Me At…” with the name of a different location (like “Beach,” “Library,” even “Dr’s Office”), which matched each table’s unique centerpiece. There’s much more, but my favorite was the framed portraits representing family members, including grandparents and great grandparents, who were celebrating in spirit.
The celebration for this lovely family included a horah,a candle lighting and blowout,games,a sweet father and daughter dance,lots of hugs,an old fashioned photo booth,and a happy Kate surrounded by family and friends.
Feel free to check out the video of Kate’s Bat mitzvah here:
And the family portrait session in Central Park:
Congrats again to the Sherwins! Much love.
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