Jenny’s Bat Mitzvah was a great family event, with relatives from around the country and around the world coming together in Tucson to celebrate. Congratulations, Jenny, you rocked it!
Hats (Yarmulkes?) off to planner extraordinaire Anne Bryant of Creative Events, for a seamless good time for all. Thank you Anne, for sweating the details so no one else has to worry about a thing.
The ceremony site, Temple Emanuel, is a mid-town, mid-century modern Tucson landmark. It has absolutely beautiful light streaming in through the stained glass the morning with intense magentas and purples that are dazzling, but make color correcting them afterwards a real adventure.
At Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, photographers usually plan to photograph the morning rehearsal prior to the Torah reading and stage a few photos that are meant to stand in for the reading itself, which is traditionally off limits. This time Rabbi Cohon graciously allowed me to photograph from the back of the temple, provided I stay unobtrusive. I was tickled – my new Canon 5D MkIII cameras’ stealthy silent mode was perfect for the occasion, as was the amazing low-light capability.
The high-energy reception was held at the ever-lovely Lodge at Ventana Canyon, somewhere I’ve been spending a lot of time lately, and really enjoy. The spring flowers that cover the grounds were hanging on with resolve, despite temperatures that have been flirting with the triple digits. Cocktail hour with a sunset view of the mountains was every bit as nice as it sounds.
It was a summer beach party theme and Jenny was showered with dozens of beach balls upon entering to “Let’s Go Surfing Now.” Guests danced the night away in neon colored flip flops and sunglasses (kids and adults alike). It was my first time working with DJ/production company Main Events, and they did a great job with everything, lights, dancing and mc’ing.
The Photo Fun Booth was a roaring success, and certainly saved me from having to take more “oh, you crazy kids” pics and then show them off on the back of the camera. Instead I could concentrate on the adults, who were busy getting crazy on the dance floor. Also of note was Linda Sheenhan’s Chamelon Faces, providing clever little henna “tattoos” that seemed to pop up on almost everyone as the night went on.
In a particularly touching moment at the end of the evening, the extended family gathered hand in hand with Jenny and sang “God Bless America” together. It was a great end to a great evening and a great event.