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Top Golf Bat Mitzvah | Austin B’nai Mitzvah Photography

What a fun bat mitzvah this was! I feel like Austin has a unique culture when it comes to bar mitzvahs…..nearly every parent I speak with starts the conversation by saying, “So, we’re not very traditional…” That’s fine with me! I approach each event with a fresh eye and look to parents and their trusty event planners to keep me informed. This bat mitzvah at Top Golf was especially fun. No DJ, no dancing, no games, just a super relaxed dinner with a candle lighting ceremony, and then golf! The kids had a blast, and so did the adults! Jessica Laderberg with Eventfull ATX did a great job planning and decorating for this young lady’s event. Pink and gold popped in the ball room; I loved the unique cut-out dancing silhouettes, showing off her love of dance.

We met on an earlier weekday at Congregation Beth Israel for family portraits. The family brought along a special gift for this bat mitzvah; a grandmother had given a beautiful silver kiddush cup with the prettiest, delicate butterflies winding up the stem. So beautiful! When I heard that the prayer shawl had belonged to the other (now deceased) grandmother, I knew we had to make a special portrait of these two tokens together. For extended family portraits on the night of the party, we set up a colorful balloon backdrop and fired away. Congratulations to this sweet young lady!

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Liz and Christo | Heart of Texas Ranch Wedding Photography

There are so many fun things about this wedding last fall! Liz and Christo are two software engineers and love all things sci-fi and fantasy. Think Zelda and Lord of the Rings, swords and hobbits and Dungeons and Dragons. So many lovely, clever nods to their mutual interests! A guest had fun slipping in a surprise cameo of Link while I was photographing details as you will see. Christo is one super-talented dude! He handmade the wooden arch for their wedding ceremony, and all the guests’ seating cards! Custom wood-burned design! I was blown away. Liz had the most cunning green velvet shoes (I wanted to steal them) and a gorgeous, delicate comb of silver leaves for her hair. Definitely something Arwen Evenstar would have worn. So many sweet, personal touches: Christo’s sister had sadly passed away a year ago, but Liz carried a necklace of hers wrapped around her bouquet. Both of their sweet doggies participated, er well, sort of. The “ring bearer” didn’t quite make it all the way but a trusty friend saved the day (thanks Samwise!) They chose Heart of Texas Ranch for their weekend celebration; it is a great place for destination weddings. The big two-story house sleeps over a dozen guests with a huge kitchen and pool table upstairs for entertainment. Only 15 minutes from Marble Falls, it offers total privacy while still convenient to a quaint, small town full of Texas flair. You should see the field of bluebonnets in the spring! Kimberly with Eclipse Event Co did a great job and Claudia with Kitsch Event Styling blew me away with her green and white florals. The girls’ gowns with the florals really pulled off a beautiful, timeless look for Liz and Christo’s wedding. He even had a sword engraved with their wedding date! Seriously! I think my husband would have loved Christo’s Nintendo 64 groom’s cake. Now why didn’t I think of that??? Congratulations, Liz and Christo! May your love endure like Aragorn and Arwen.

Planning: Eclipse Event Co; florals: Kitsch Event Styling; cake: Michelle’s Patisserie; catering: Taco Deli; venue: Heart of Texas Ranch

 

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Best of 2017 | Austin Wedding and Mitzvah Photography

Whaaaat a year was 2017! Whew! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and New Year like I did! I was able to road-trip home to south Georgia with my little sister for Christmas, and actually wear a knock-out dress and heels for New Year’s. Best of all, I celebrated TEN YEARS of marriage with My Favorite Guy, my CTO, my biggest fan and best friend. I really can’t believe it’s been ten years since I walked down the aisle on my dad’s arm in the church I grew up. I was so nervous, joining hands with Lanier while his dad performed our ceremony. I remember Hannah refused to smile showing her teeth because she was wearing braces at the time.  And my niece, Sara, photo-bombed our First Look wearing nothing but a diaper and one shoe (it’s an amazing photo).

But I digress. THIS post is an homage and terrific THANK YOU to all the marvelous people whom I met and served in 2017. Engagement sessions, weddings, bar mitzvahs and corporate events: these are the moments which made 2017 a memorable year for me. I am deeply grateful and so pleased to have captured these special events for each family and couple. I love being an Austin wedding photographer and bar mitzvah photographer. I have the privilege of working with the best wedding and events vendors in Texas! I can’t wait to see what 2018 has in store! If you are recently engaged or have a child planning his or her b’nai mitzvah, let’s talk! Let’s get you involved in my best of 2018 post for next January, shall we? Enjoy!!

 

 

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Abby’s Bat Mitzvah Portraits | Austin Portrait Photographer

I’m so stoked for this young lady’s bat mitzvah in February! Abby loves science and plays volleyball for her school. She reminds me so much of my niece Sophie who is the same age and also plays volleyball. Abby was so self-possessed and friendly. We knocked out her portrait session in downtown Austin super quick! Perfect weather made it a great day to stroll around Butler Park and pick different, unique spots for portraits. Doing a portrait session before your child’s bar mitzvah is a great way to have his portrait for his friends to sign at the event, but also to commemorate this special time in his life with classic, fun portraits. I love mixing traditional portraiture with fun, silly moments too (as you will see with sweet Abby). Mazel tov, Abby! You are a beautiful and kind young woman.

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Westwood Country Club’s Rocking Christmas Party | Austin Event Photography

This is my second year photographing Westwood Country Club’s annual Christmas party for their club members. It is so much FUN! I’m always blown away from the gorgeous florals, the amazing food the Westwood kitchen cranks out, and this year Yelba and the Latin Fire band (Houston-based) burned up the dance floor! Beautiful winter white florals by Westbank Flower Market, rentals by Premiere Select, uplighting by Austin Event Lighting, entertainment by Lucas Artist Management. Feliz Navidad, everyone! Enjoy your Christmas and be safe.

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