I'll start with the portraits we took the week before the Bat Mitzvah for her sign in board. She is gorgeous.
She brought some balloons and we had fun with them. At one point we were walking through the trees and all the sudden about 6 of the balloons popped. It sounded like firecrackers. We had a good laugh about that.
A few at sunset. I love these.
So Saturday morning the family showed up bright and early for some portraits before the service. I love, love, LOVE the stained glass at Temple Emanu-El it has such beautiful color.
Mom, Dad and sister.
Dad and sister.
A few details from the service.
Sophie with the Torahs.
I love this series. Sophie has personalty that really shows through in her photos. :)
All the parents with Sophie.
Reading from the Torah.
Later that evening the beach party was at the Nuvo Room.
Kristen turned the room blue with light and filled it with seashells and candles. LOVE!
We started the eveninf with a few portraits of Sophie in her party dress.
She made her "surfing" entrance on a skateboard through smoke. It was pretty cool I must say. This is the first time I've seen a smoke machine at a Mitzvah and it was used very well. Not too much smoke, just enough to cover the floor. It was cool.
You can't have a Bat Mitzvah party without a hula hoop contest.
It's a battle to the finish.
Time for the Hora.
Th next two photos are my favoritest photos of forever. Her dad and stepdad started dancing and she just covered her face. I can only imagine I would have felt exactly the same way when I was 13. It was awesome to see all the parents having such a great time at the party.
Up in the chair!
Finishing the Hora with a little dosey do with her sister.
The mom's dancing.
Dad and sister having fun.
Nothing beats a snowball dance.
The kids all had a great time singing and dancing all night.
Then the DJ gave the mic to the adults who rocked out to a little Bon Jovi.
So much fun.
Even mom got a chance at the mic.
At one point some beachballs were tossed out into the dance floor.
Sopie Dances with her grandfather.
and gives her dad a hug at the end of the night.
Congrats Sophie! You are amazing.