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  • Raleigh Bat Mitzvah Photographer | Deena

    Mar 31 | Evan | 1 Comment |

    I’m always happy to return to the Raleigh Renaissance Hotel.  I have so many wonderful memories both as a guest at my own wedding and working as a wedding or bar and bat mitzvah photographer at the Raleigh Renaissance Hotel at North Hills, Raleigh.  Deena’s Bat Mitzvah was another wonderful event that I was happy to be the photographer for.  Not only was I the photographer for the bat mitzvah, but also the Happy Smile Photo Booth was rented to get fun and unique photos of the bat mitzvah guests during the celebration.  And this Bat Mitzvah was quite the celebration that the family and friends all had a good time at.  The girls almost immediately took off their shoes to start the bat mitzvah party, so I knew it was going to be a party filled with a lot of dancing.  Of course it was also filled with lot’s of love and good times for the family and guests as the celebrated the wonderful milestone for Deena and her family.

    Alexandra’s Wicked Bat Mitzvah | Raleigh, NC

    Nov 04 | Evan | 8 Comments |


    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!

    My Wedding

    Jul 01 | Evan | 4 Comments |

    On May 16th, 2009, Satomi and I got married in Raleigh, NC at Temple Beth Or and had our reception at The Raleigh Renaissance Hotel at North Hills. Again I want to thank everyone that made it possible and helped out. We had a great time and think all of the guests did as well! I am a good photographer, but not good enough to shoot my own wedding and be part of it at the same time! So, all the photos on this post are by Patrica Suzanne. Thanks Patty!