Micaela’s Bat Mitzvah Party {04.05.09}

Talk about a party! Micaela’s Bat Mitzvah celebration was held at 12 Atlantic Station and boy was it cool. I mean, I don’t even remember my 12th birthday party but I know that it wasn’t on the same level as this one. The food was AH-MAZINGLY created by Added Touch Catering, the music and dancers were provided by Vibe Entertainment and they were very good at what they do. Not only did they play great music but they had incredible dancers there to encourage the kids to get on the dance floor and bust a move.  They also had a TON of fun props that were continually handed out to keep things interesting.

This is sweet Micaela as she turns 12.  Happy Birthday!


The ballroom was very hip in purple with a cereal bar, pancake station, and a desert bar that was to die for.


Micaela has a huge family and this is one of her beautiful grandmothers.

Ok, so all of the kids were invited into the ballroom for about 45 minutes…without the parents! They all had to stay out in the foyer area while the kids ran the show themselves. How cool is that? There was a wax dipping station on the patio where everyone had a chance to make a mold of their hand. I thought that was such a cool idea.


I love Jewish events because you can always count on everybody dancing at one point. Micaela and her family are in the middle with friends and family surrounding them. I love the symbolism of that.


Did I mention that there was a magician that continually entertained anyone who stood near him? Howie Marmer is VERY GOOD at what he does.  I was thinking that I could catch a secret with the camera or discover some inside scoop but not a chance.  From cards and burning wallets, doves appearing out of nowhere and parrot that was as good as he is, Howie was a total hit.

I have to give the most credit to the fabulous Terry Saxe and her assistant Nadia. She is an incredible wedding/event coordinator.  I love working with her.  She has a wonderful personality and I’ve never seen her miss a beat. 

I had a blast and thank you to Dean Ruiz who came along to shoot with me.  It’a always a joy to work with him. 

Check out the slideshow {{{{{{{{HERE}}}}}}}}}}

3 Comments

  1. sandra bank said . . .

    Thank you so much for your kind words. We have never been mentioned by any other vendor in all the years that we have been catering events.
    Thank you for you kind words and great shout out. It was a pleasure working with you and i can’t wait to refer you loads of business.
    Already we have passed your name along.
    The pictures were awesome….well done.

    Posted April 18, 2009 at 2:25 pm | Permalink
  2. Nicole Ellerine said . . .

    Shawna we loved working with you and really appreciate all your time and effort. I think the pictures are awesome. The quality of your work far exceeds what we had expected. I loved the fact that the photos were taken spontaneously without us needing to pose all the time. I really feel that you captured Micaela’s personality in the pictures. I’m booking you now for my next two Bar Mitsvahs

    Posted April 18, 2009 at 11:25 pm | Permalink
  3. Daniel Stancil said . . .

    Loved the Dancer shots. Very good work!

    Posted May 12, 2009 at 11:38 pm | Permalink

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