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  • Alexandra’s Wicked Bat Mitzvah | Raleigh, NC

    Nov 04 | Evan | 8 Comments | Bar and Bat Mitzvah Photographer Blog Event Photographer

    Wow.

    Where to begin!? Good thing I am a photographer, because I am having trouble coming up with the right words to describe just how awesome of a party this was! This Halloween Bat Mitzvah was not your typical costume party (or typical Bat Mitzvah for that matter)! Moreover, the family was one of the nicest and most loving families I have ever met. Don’t get me wrong, I have a great family and a wonderful, loving relationship with my parents and sister, but Alex’s family is just bursting with love and anyone who has the pleasure of meeting them can immediately see this. It was a very special Bat Mitzvah, for a very special family and I am so thankful that I was given the opportunity to document the day! Oh, and did I mention that just about everything was a surprise to Alex!? Her parents did an incredible job of planning out the event and put together an amazingly “wicked” cast of vendors for this Wicked themed party:

    • Lauren Kennedy || staring as Elphaba
    • Andrea Schultz Twiss || staring as Glinda
    • Ray Walker || staring as Fiyero
    • Randy Wogick || staring as the party organizer and planner
    • “B” Sharp Productions || staring as the band and DJ
    • CE Rental || set design (elegant linens, chairs, cushions, chargers, salad plates)
    • English Garden || art decoration (gorgeous flowers and table pieces)
    • Showtime Events || visual effects (incredible wall and table lighting)
    • Swank Cake Design || Wicked (and of course delicious) cake
    • Charlie Weeks || cinematographer (did the video of the service and the party)
    • Maria Steiner || costume designer (service and evening gowns for all girls in the family)
    • Megan Brewer || catering manger at the Raleigh Renaissance Hotel

    Also, I want to thank Megan and Dean from the Raleigh Renaissance Hotel! Not only did they do a fantastic job with this Bat Mitzvah, but were incredible for me as well for my own wedding at the Renaissance!

    Congratulations to Alex and a HUGE thank you to the whole family!

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    • Awesome pictures!!! And Thank you for the shout out in your article – it was a lot of fun being part of this event and providing the lighting throughout the entire room, on the tables, the gobos, lit bars and tables and production the night of the event. The ENTIRE team that helped produce the event really came together to put on one of the most spectacular social events of the entire year. We were honored to be part of it!! Great pictures and I can’t wait to see the rest!
      James Auerbach, Vice President
      Showtime Events

    • Evan

      Thanks James! I couldn’t agree with you more about how fun it was to be part of this event and being honored to be there. You guys did an amazing job with the all the lighting and while nothing beats seeing what you guys did in person, I hope my photographs come close!

    • The Udell’s

      Evan, What can we say? The pictures are INCREDIBLY Awesome! Thanks for capturing the memories. We’re still glowing from the incredible evening that celebrated Alex and her Bat Mitzvah! Special thanks to Randy, Megan, James, Cydney, Vicki & Linda, Chuck & Wayne, Cinda and Charlie! I hope that i didn’t miss acknowledging anyone! You were all FABULOUS!

      Howard, Monica, Alex, and Jaclyn

    • The Udell’s

      Oops and how could I forget Ray, Lauren, and Andrew . . ..Our special stars of the evening! You were UNBELIEVABLE!

      Howard, Monica, Alex & Jaclyn

    • Evan

      So glad you like them! 🙂 Knew you would, but always nice to hear it! It was my pleasure as everyone was so great to work with. Quite the wonderful experience all around!

    • Michelle Collins

      Monica, Howard, Jaclyn and Alex –

      The photos are just beautiful and will serve as a lovely reminder of the amazing time had by all. It was wonderful watching your expressions, emotions and pure joy unfold as the evening progressed. To see a family so connected and loving was truly a treat. Thank you for your hospitality.

      Michelle Collins

    • Greg

      Good work as always. Impressive lighting. Are you just using the standard strobe on your camera’s hotshoe or are you using fancier things these days?

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