Danna and Eitan's Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at The Sands, Atlantic Beach, NY

There is something so romantic about a quiet beach. When there are no beach-goers enjoying the sunshine, all you hear is the crashing waves, the sounds of the seagulls and the calm ocean winds.  When Danna and Eitan decided they wanted to do their first look on the beach, I couldn't be more excited about it! The sand did not scare them off, even though they were dressed in their wedding best.  These two love adventure, so if this was all they could get on their wedding day itself, they were definitely going to take it! I am not shy about my obsession with first looks on the wedding day, and this one exceeded all expectations! Danna and Eitan are so in love, you can’t help but smile when looking at the photos.

There is so much about the two of them that is special, but one of the things that I am always awed to witness is the melding of two very different traditions. Eitan is from an Ashkenazi family and Danna is from a Sefardi Bucharian family.  All differences were merged in the most beautiful way, and it always strikes me how for such a wonderful and happy thing as a wedding, people are able to embrace what makes them and their loved ones unique. See the beauty in it all for yourself!

 Danna and Eitan's Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at The Sands, Atlantic Beach, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz invitation
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 Danna and Eitan's Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at The Sands, Atlantic Beach, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz bride portraits
 Danna and Eitan's Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at The Sands, Atlantic Beach, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz bride portraits
 Danna and Eitan's Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at The Sands, Atlantic Beach, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz bride portraits
 Danna and Eitan's Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at The Sands, Atlantic Beach, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz bride portraits
 Danna and Eitan's Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at The Sands, Atlantic Beach, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz bride portraits
 Danna and Eitan's Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at The Sands, Atlantic Beach, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz bride portraits
 Danna and Eitan's Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at The Sands, Atlantic Beach, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz bride portraits
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 Danna and Eitan's Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at The Sands, Atlantic Beach, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz bride portraits
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 Danna and Eitan's Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at The Sands, Atlantic Beach, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz bride groom first look portraits couple
 Danna and Eitan's Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at The Sands, Atlantic Beach, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz bride groom first look portraits couple
 Danna and Eitan's Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at The Sands, Atlantic Beach, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz bride groom first look portraits couple
 Danna and Eitan's Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at The Sands, Atlantic Beach, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz bride groom first look portraits couple
 Danna and Eitan's Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at The Sands, Atlantic Beach, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz bride groom first look portraits couple
 Danna and Eitan's Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at The Sands, Atlantic Beach, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz bride groom first look portraits couple
 Danna and Eitan's Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at The Sands, Atlantic Beach, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz bride groom first look portraits couple
 Danna and Eitan's Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at The Sands, Atlantic Beach, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz bride groom first look portraits couple
 Danna and Eitan's Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at The Sands, Atlantic Beach, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz bride groom first look portraits couple
 Danna and Eitan's Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at The Sands, Atlantic Beach, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz bride groom first look portraits couple
 Danna and Eitan's Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at The Sands, Atlantic Beach, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz bride groom first look portraits couple
 Danna and Eitan's Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at The Sands, Atlantic Beach, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz bride groom first look portraits couple
 Danna and Eitan's Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at The Sands, Atlantic Beach, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz bride groom first look portraits couple
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 Danna and Eitan's Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at The Sands, Atlantic Beach, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz bride groom badeken
 Danna and Eitan's Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at The Sands, Atlantic Beach, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz bride groom badeken
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 Danna and Eitan's Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at The Sands, Atlantic Beach, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz bride groom walk down isle chuppah
 Danna and Eitan's Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at The Sands, Atlantic Beach, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz bride groom walk down isle chuppah
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 Danna and Eitan's Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at The Sands, Atlantic Beach, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz bride groom reception dancing family
 Danna and Eitan's Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at The Sands, Atlantic Beach, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz bride groom reception dancing family
 Danna and Eitan's Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at The Sands, Atlantic Beach, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz bride groom reception dancing family
 Danna and Eitan's Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at The Sands, Atlantic Beach, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz bride groom reception dancing family
 Danna and Eitan's Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at The Sands, Atlantic Beach, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz bride groom reception dancing family
 Danna and Eitan's Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at The Sands, Atlantic Beach, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz bride groom reception dancing family
 Danna and Eitan's Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at The Sands, Atlantic Beach, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz bride groom reception dancing family
 Danna and Eitan's Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at The Sands, Atlantic Beach, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz bride groom reception dancing family
 Danna and Eitan's Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at The Sands, Atlantic Beach, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz bride groom reception dancing family
 Danna and Eitan's Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at The Sands, Atlantic Beach, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz bride groom reception dancing family
 Danna and Eitan's Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at The Sands, Atlantic Beach, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz bride groom reception dancing family
 Danna and Eitan's Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at The Sands, Atlantic Beach, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz bride groom reception dancing family
 Danna and Eitan's Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at The Sands, Atlantic Beach, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz bride groom reception dancing family
 Danna and Eitan's Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at The Sands, Atlantic Beach, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz bride groom reception dancing family
 Danna and Eitan's Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at The Sands, Atlantic Beach, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz bride groom reception dancing family
 Danna and Eitan's Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at The Sands, Atlantic Beach, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz bride groom reception dancing family
 Danna and Eitan's Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at The Sands, Atlantic Beach, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz bride groom reception dancing family

The Wedding Team:

Venue - The Sands Atlantic Beach
Flowers - Elegant Flowers
Music - Avi Perets
Food - Sharmel Caterer
Hair - Penina Sebbag
Makeup - Louise Lerman
Video - Creative Image Productions
Photography - C. Schvarcz Photography, David Zimand Photography

Abby and Miles' Modern Jewish Wedding at Nicotra’s Ballroom, Hilton Garden Inn, Staten Island, NY

There were so many details and moments of Abby and Miles’ wedding day that made me wonder if I had walked into a fairytale. From the way everything looked, to the absolute magnificence of Abby’s gown, and most importantly- though it may sound cliche- Abby and Miles’ adoration for each other was so blindingly clear, it just seemed like a storybook love! Then there was the venue! Nicotra’s Ballroom, on its own, is an absolutely beautiful location, with gardens and gazebos, and the most wonderful staff.  What took it from beautiful to magical, though, was Varda Thurm and her incredible talent with the flowers from Jerusalem Florist. The ceremony room looked and felt like a garden, yet is in a permanent tent. It was decorated with magnificent flowers, and the Chuppah area was made to look like it was in middle of a forest, and it was all put together fresh that day! Varda was a powerhouse all through the day, keeping everything running smoothly and injecting everything with her incredibly creative mind. The entire wedding day, from the very first moment of preparation to the energetic dancing to the DJ at the very end, was an epic proclamation of Abby and Miles’ dedication and love for each other.  It was an honor to be there to capture it!

 Abby and Miles' Modern Jewish Wedding at Nicotra’s Ballroom, Hilton Garden Inn, Staten Island, NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz bride prep makeup hair
 Abby and Miles' Modern Jewish Wedding at Nicotra’s Ballroom, Hilton Garden Inn, Staten Island, NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz bride prep hair makeup
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 Abby and Miles' Modern Jewish Wedding at Nicotra’s Ballroom, Hilton Garden Inn, Staten Island, NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz bride portraits
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 Abby and Miles' Modern Jewish Wedding at Nicotra’s Ballroom, Hilton Garden Inn, Staten Island, NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz bride groom ceremony chuppah
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 Abby and Miles' Modern Jewish Wedding at Nicotra’s Ballroom, Hilton Garden Inn, Staten Island, NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz dancing groom
 Abby and Miles' Modern Jewish Wedding at Nicotra’s Ballroom, Hilton Garden Inn, Staten Island, NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz groom dancing
 Abby and Miles' Modern Jewish Wedding at Nicotra’s Ballroom, Hilton Garden Inn, Staten Island, NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz dancing
 Abby and Miles' Modern Jewish Wedding at Nicotra’s Ballroom, Hilton Garden Inn, Staten Island, NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz dancing
 Abby and Miles' Modern Jewish Wedding at Nicotra’s Ballroom, Hilton Garden Inn, Staten Island, NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz dancing
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 Abby and Miles' Modern Jewish Wedding at Nicotra’s Ballroom, Hilton Garden Inn, Staten Island, NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz wedding cake
 Abby and Miles' Modern Jewish Wedding at Nicotra’s Ballroom, Hilton Garden Inn, Staten Island, NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz bride groom cake
 Abby and Miles' Modern Jewish Wedding at Nicotra’s Ballroom, Hilton Garden Inn, Staten Island, NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
 Abby and Miles' Modern Jewish Wedding at Nicotra’s Ballroom, Hilton Garden Inn, Staten Island, NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz

Wedding Team:

Venue - Nicotra’s Ballroom
Event Planner - Varda Thurm
Flowers - Jerusalem Florist
Music - Aaron Teitelbaum
Food - Michael Schick
Video - Creative Image Productions
Photo - Chaim Schvarcz, Yehuda Joffe, Lin Pernille

Ben and Sarit's Engagement Session in Central Park, NY

As I was going through the photos of Ben and Sarit’s engagement session, trying to decide which ones I would post to social media, I realized there were just too many amazing ones to choose from-which brings us to this blog post! I loved every moment of capturing the love that these two share, and I could not get enough of their love of adventure and their ability to be so purely themselves with each other.  There were romantic moments and there were goofy moments, and all throughout the session, there was pure adoration and love. Have a look for yourself, you will no doubt see exactly what I was lucky enough to see!

 Ben and Sarit Engagement Session in Central Park, NYC, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Bride Groom Couple Proposal Love
 Ben and Sarit Engagement Session in Central Park, NYC, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Bride Groom Couple Proposal Love
 Ben and Sarit Engagement Session in Central Park, NYC, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Bride Groom Couple Proposal Love
 Ben and Sarit Engagement Session in Central Park, NYC, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Bride Groom Couple Proposal Love
 Ben and Sarit Engagement Session in Central Park, NYC, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Bride Groom Couple Proposal Love
 Ben and Sarit Engagement Session in Central Park, NYC, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Bride Groom Couple Proposal Love
 Ben and Sarit Engagement Session in Central Park, NYC, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Bride Groom Couple Proposal Love
 Ben and Sarit Engagement Session in Central Park, NYC, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Bride Groom Couple Proposal Love
 Ben and Sarit Engagement Session in Central Park, NYC, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Bride Groom Couple Proposal Love
 Ben and Sarit Engagement Session in Central Park, NYC, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Bride Groom Couple Proposal Love
 Ben and Sarit Engagement Session in Central Park, NYC, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Bride Groom Couple Proposal Love
 Ben and Sarit Engagement Session in Central Park, NYC, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Bride Groom Couple Proposal Love
 Ben and Sarit Engagement Session in Central Park, NYC, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Bride Groom Couple Proposal Love
 Ben and Sarit Engagement Session in Central Park, NYC, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Bride Groom Couple Proposal Love
 Ben and Sarit Engagement Session in Central Park, NYC, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Bride Groom Couple Proposal Love
 Ben and Sarit Engagement Session in Central Park, NYC, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Bride Groom Couple Proposal Love
 Ben and Sarit Engagement Session in Central Park, NYC, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Bride Groom Couple Proposal Love
 Ben and Sarit Engagement Session in Central Park, NYC, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Bride Groom Couple Proposal Love
 Ben and Sarit Engagement Session in Central Park, NYC, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Bride Groom Couple Proposal Love
 Ben and Sarit Engagement Session in Central Park, NYC, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Bride Groom Couple Proposal Love
 Ben and Sarit Engagement Session in Central Park, NYC, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Bride Groom Couple Proposal Love
 Ben and Sarit Engagement Session in Central Park, NYC, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Bride Groom Couple Proposal Love
 Ben and Sarit Engagement Session in Central Park, NYC, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Bride Groom Couple Proposal Love
 Ben and Sarit Engagement Session in Central Park, NYC, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Bride Groom Couple Proposal Love
 Ben and Sarit Engagement Session in Central Park, NYC, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Bride Groom Couple Proposal Love
 Ben and Sarit Engagement Session in Central Park, NYC, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Bride Groom Couple Proposal Love
 Ben and Sarit Engagement Session in Central Park, NYC, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Bride Groom Couple Proposal Love
 Ben and Sarit Engagement Session in Central Park, NYC, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Bride Groom Couple Proposal Love
 Ben and Sarit Engagement Session in Central Park, NYC, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Bride Groom Couple Proposal Love
 Ben and Sarit Engagement Session in Central Park, NYC, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Bride Groom Couple Proposal Love
 Ben and Sarit Engagement Session in Central Park, NYC, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Bride Groom Couple Proposal Love
 Ben and Sarit Engagement Session in Central Park, NYC, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Bride Groom Couple Proposal Love

Ma'ayan and Mikey's Traditional Jewish Backyard Wedding in Fairfield, CT

When I think back on Ma’ayan and Mikey’s wedding day, I honestly get giddy just remembering how wonderful it was.  The theme of the day was family and it was beyond special to witness and be a part of.

Ma’ayan and Mikey’s wedding was planned and booked to be in Israel, where they live.  Due to some medical complications with Mikey’s father, he was not able to travel to Israel to be at the wedding, so Ma’ayan and Mikey simply brought the wedding to him.  That in itself should tell you the kind of people Ma’ayan and Mikey are. They brought an Israeli style wedding to Fairfield, Connecticut, and created a beautiful and meaningful venue in and around Mikey’s family home.  Ma’ayan’s family from Israel stayed together with Mikey’s family at their home, and on the wedding day, everyone present chipped in and helped bring the day together. The camaraderie and the love felt on that day was more than just evident, it was palpable.

As much as I deeply appreciate the efforts and talents of all wedding vendors, there was something so wonderfully relaxing and special about how this wedding did not have any of that.  The entire family took the place of all of the vendors, and while that certainly does not work all of the time, with this simplistic yet meaningful wedding, it was exactly right. The family fed off of the wonderful bride and groom, as did we!  Ma’ayan and Mikey were so in sync, so relaxed and calm about everything. The wedding day just flowed so beautifully, and that was in no small way because of them. Their personalities would not be silenced, and I absolutely loved that about them!  Ma’ayan had brought heels to wear for her special day, but decided comfort was key, and resorted to wearing her comfortable and worn in work boots all day. That did nothing to lessen how beautiful she looked in the heirloom gown that her grandmother, aunt and mother all wore on their wedding days.  Each wore the same dress in a different configuration and each made it their own.

I will not apologize for going on endlessly about how amazing this wedding was, but I will take a breath while you look through the photos and see exactly what I was feeling on this perfect wedding day!

 

 Ma'ayan and Mikey's Traditional Jewish Backyard Wedding in Fairfield, CT Photos by Chaim Schvarcz bride gown
 Ma'ayan and Mikey's Traditional Jewish Backyard Wedding in Fairfield, CT Photos by Chaim Schvarcz chuppah prep family

The Chuppah was built right outside the front door by the bride’s sister and brother, directed by the groom’s mother.

 Ma'ayan and Mikey's Traditional Jewish Backyard Wedding in Fairfield, CT Photos by Chaim Schvarcz flowers prep family

The father and sister of the bride bought flowers from a florist and created the arrangements themselves, the very morning of the wedding, and Mikey and his best friend Jeremy even built a ramp from the front door so his father could come out of the house easily. How special is that?

 Ma'ayan and Mikey's Traditional Jewish Backyard Wedding in Fairfield, CT Photos by Chaim Schvarcz bride prep makeup hair
 Ma'ayan and Mikey's Traditional Jewish Backyard Wedding in Fairfield, CT Photos by Chaim Schvarcz groom prep
 Ma'ayan and Mikey's Traditional Jewish Backyard Wedding in Fairfield, CT Photos by Chaim Schvarcz groom prep
 Ma'ayan and Mikey's Traditional Jewish Backyard Wedding in Fairfield, CT Photos by Chaim Schvarcz bride prep gown
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 Ma'ayan and Mikey's Traditional Jewish Backyard Wedding in Fairfield, CT Photos by Chaim Schvarcz bride portraits
 Ma'ayan and Mikey's Traditional Jewish Backyard Wedding in Fairfield, CT Photos by Chaim Schvarcz bride portraits
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 Ma'ayan and Mikey's Traditional Jewish Backyard Wedding in Fairfield, CT Photos by Chaim Schvarcz bride groom portraits
 Ma'ayan and Mikey's Traditional Jewish Backyard Wedding in Fairfield, CT Photos by Chaim Schvarcz bride groom portraits
 Ma'ayan and Mikey's Traditional Jewish Backyard Wedding in Fairfield, CT Photos by Chaim Schvarcz bride groom portraits
 Ma'ayan and Mikey's Traditional Jewish Backyard Wedding in Fairfield, CT Photos by Chaim Schvarcz

Having only just met Ma’ayan and Mikey, the connection we formed was a surprise but a blessing.  The two of them even honored me by asking me to be a witness to the signing of their Ketubah. How many wedding photographers can say that?

 Ma'ayan and Mikey's Traditional Jewish Backyard Wedding in Fairfield, CT Photos by Chaim Schvarcz father of the groom bride
 Ma'ayan and Mikey's Traditional Jewish Backyard Wedding in Fairfield, CT Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
 Ma'ayan and Mikey's Traditional Jewish Backyard Wedding in Fairfield, CT Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
 Ma'ayan and Mikey's Traditional Jewish Backyard Wedding in Fairfield, CT Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
 Ma'ayan and Mikey's Traditional Jewish Backyard Wedding in Fairfield, CT Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
 Ma'ayan and Mikey's Traditional Jewish Backyard Wedding in Fairfield, CT Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
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 Ma'ayan and Mikey's Traditional Jewish Backyard Wedding in Fairfield, CT Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
 Ma'ayan and Mikey's Traditional Jewish Backyard Wedding in Fairfield, CT Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
 Ma'ayan and Mikey's Traditional Jewish Backyard Wedding in Fairfield, CT Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
 Ma'ayan and Mikey's Traditional Jewish Backyard Wedding in Fairfield, CT Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
 Ma'ayan and Mikey's Traditional Jewish Backyard Wedding in Fairfield, CT Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
 Ma'ayan and Mikey's Traditional Jewish Backyard Wedding in Fairfield, CT Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
 Ma'ayan and Mikey's Traditional Jewish Backyard Wedding in Fairfield, CT Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
 Ma'ayan and Mikey's Traditional Jewish Backyard Wedding in Fairfield, CT Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
 Ma'ayan and Mikey's Traditional Jewish Backyard Wedding in Fairfield, CT Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
 Ma'ayan and Mikey's Traditional Jewish Backyard Wedding in Fairfield, CT Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
 Ma'ayan and Mikey's Traditional Jewish Backyard Wedding in Fairfield, CT Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
 Ma'ayan and Mikey's Traditional Jewish Backyard Wedding in Fairfield, CT Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
 Ma'ayan and Mikey's Traditional Jewish Backyard Wedding in Fairfield, CT Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
 Ma'ayan and Mikey's Traditional Jewish Backyard Wedding in Fairfield, CT Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
 Ma'ayan and Mikey's Traditional Jewish Backyard Wedding in Fairfield, CT Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
 Ma'ayan and Mikey's Traditional Jewish Backyard Wedding in Fairfield, CT Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
 Ma'ayan and Mikey's Traditional Jewish Backyard Wedding in Fairfield, CT Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
 Ma'ayan and Mikey's Traditional Jewish Backyard Wedding in Fairfield, CT Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
 Ma'ayan and Mikey's Traditional Jewish Backyard Wedding in Fairfield, CT Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
 Ma'ayan and Mikey's Traditional Jewish Backyard Wedding in Fairfield, CT Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
 Ma'ayan and Mikey's Traditional Jewish Backyard Wedding in Fairfield, CT Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
 Ma'ayan and Mikey's Traditional Jewish Backyard Wedding in Fairfield, CT Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
 Ma'ayan and Mikey's Traditional Jewish Backyard Wedding in Fairfield, CT Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
 Ma'ayan and Mikey's Traditional Jewish Backyard Wedding in Fairfield, CT Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
 Ma'ayan and Mikey's Traditional Jewish Backyard Wedding in Fairfield, CT Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
 Ma'ayan and Mikey's Traditional Jewish Backyard Wedding in Fairfield, CT Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
 Ma'ayan and Mikey's Traditional Jewish Backyard Wedding in Fairfield, CT Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
 Ma'ayan and Mikey's Traditional Jewish Backyard Wedding in Fairfield, CT Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
 Ma'ayan and Mikey's Traditional Jewish Backyard Wedding in Fairfield, CT Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
 Ma'ayan and Mikey's Traditional Jewish Backyard Wedding in Fairfield, CT Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
 Ma'ayan and Mikey's Traditional Jewish Backyard Wedding in Fairfield, CT Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
 Ma'ayan and Mikey's Traditional Jewish Backyard Wedding in Fairfield, CT Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
 Ma'ayan and Mikey's Traditional Jewish Backyard Wedding in Fairfield, CT Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
 Ma'ayan and Mikey's Traditional Jewish Backyard Wedding in Fairfield, CT Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
 Ma'ayan and Mikey's Traditional Jewish Backyard Wedding in Fairfield, CT Photos by Chaim Schvarcz

Joseph Berger's Bar Mitvah Part 2 at Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Phoenix, AZ

If you thought Joseph’s Bar Mitzvah party for his friends was amazing (I sure did!), wait until you see the incredibly beautiful event that was for his family! Hosted at the Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Phoenix Arizona on Pesach, this event was the peak of rustic elegance. Put together by the incredible Lizzie Parker of Leave it to L party planning, together with Joseph’s parents, Blimi and Benjy, there was not a detail that was overlooked. From the decor to the flowers to the music and the food, everything was breathtaking.  The photos will certainly do more justice to it than my words can, and every time I look at them I am brought back to the bright, summery setup and decor that truly made everyone present smile. When you see the centerpieces and flowers by Louis Konstantinos of Konstantinos Floral Design, it will definitely take your breath away, combined with the incredible food by Danziger Kosher Caterers, this event was perfection.

There are so many moments from that day that call back to me.  Anyone who has been present for the singing of Hallel on a holiday knows that it can be a very special thing to listen to and be a part of.  When that Hallel is sung by a cantor, along with a five piece band, it will take your breath away. Listening to that, while watching Joseph interact with his father and grandfather, were some of the moments I will not soon forget.  To see three generations forming and nurturing such special bonds with each other is a true privilege.

If these photos don’t make you want to run outside and breathe in the air of Summer that has finally arrived, I don’t know what will!

 Joseph Berger's Bar Mitvah Part 2 at Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Phoenix, AZ Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
 Joseph Berger's Bar Mitvah Part 2 at Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Phoenix, AZ Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
 Joseph Berger's Bar Mitvah Part 2 at Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Phoenix, AZ Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
 Joseph Berger's Bar Mitvah Part 2 at Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Phoenix, AZ Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
 Joseph Berger's Bar Mitvah Part 2 at Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Phoenix, AZ Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
 Joseph Berger's Bar Mitvah Part 2 at Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Phoenix, AZ Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
 Joseph Berger's Bar Mitvah Part 2 at Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Phoenix, AZ Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
 Joseph Berger's Bar Mitvah Part 2 at Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Phoenix, AZ Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
 Joseph Berger's Bar Mitvah Part 2 at Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Phoenix, AZ Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
 Joseph Berger's Bar Mitvah Part 2 at Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Phoenix, AZ Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
 Joseph Berger's Bar Mitvah Part 2 at Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Phoenix, AZ Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
 Joseph Berger's Bar Mitvah Part 2 at Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Phoenix, AZ Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
 Joseph Berger's Bar Mitvah Part 2 at Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Phoenix, AZ Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
 Joseph Berger's Bar Mitvah Part 2 at Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Phoenix, AZ Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
 Joseph Berger's Bar Mitvah Part 2 at Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Phoenix, AZ Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
 Joseph Berger's Bar Mitvah Part 2 at Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Phoenix, AZ Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
 Joseph Berger's Bar Mitvah Part 2 at Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Phoenix, AZ Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
 Joseph Berger's Bar Mitvah Part 2 at Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Phoenix, AZ Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
 Joseph Berger's Bar Mitvah Part 2 at Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Phoenix, AZ Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
 Joseph Berger's Bar Mitvah Part 2 at Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Phoenix, AZ Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
 Joseph Berger's Bar Mitvah Part 2 at Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Phoenix, AZ Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
 Joseph Berger's Bar Mitvah Part 2 at Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Phoenix, AZ Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
 Joseph Berger's Bar Mitvah Part 2 at Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Phoenix, AZ Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
 Joseph Berger's Bar Mitvah Part 2 at Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Phoenix, AZ Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
 Joseph Berger's Bar Mitvah Part 2 at Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Phoenix, AZ Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
 Joseph Berger's Bar Mitvah Part 2 at Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Phoenix, AZ Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
 Joseph Berger's Bar Mitvah Part 2 at Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Phoenix, AZ Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
 Joseph Berger's Bar Mitvah Part 2 at Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Phoenix, AZ Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
 Joseph Berger's Bar Mitvah Part 2 at Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Phoenix, AZ Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
 Joseph Berger's Bar Mitvah Part 2 at Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Phoenix, AZ Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
 Joseph Berger's Bar Mitvah Part 2 at Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Phoenix, AZ Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
 Joseph Berger's Bar Mitvah Part 2 at Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Phoenix, AZ Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
 Joseph Berger's Bar Mitvah Part 2 at Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Phoenix, AZ Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
 Joseph Berger's Bar Mitvah Part 2 at Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Phoenix, AZ Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
 Joseph Berger's Bar Mitvah Part 2 at Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Phoenix, AZ Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
 Joseph Berger's Bar Mitvah Part 2 at Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Phoenix, AZ Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
 Joseph Berger's Bar Mitvah Part 2 at Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Phoenix, AZ Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
 Joseph Berger's Bar Mitvah Part 2 at Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Phoenix, AZ Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
 Joseph Berger's Bar Mitvah Part 2 at Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Phoenix, AZ Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
 Joseph Berger's Bar Mitvah Part 2 at Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Phoenix, AZ Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
 Joseph Berger's Bar Mitvah Part 2 at Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Phoenix, AZ Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
 Joseph Berger's Bar Mitvah Part 2 at Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Phoenix, AZ Photos by Chaim Schvarcz

The Bar Mitzvah Team:

Venue: Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Phoenix, AZ
Planner: Lizzie Parker of Leave it to L
Flowers: Louis Konstantinos of Konstantinos Floral Design
Food: Danziger Kosher Caterers
Cantor: Meyer Abittan
Music: Brad Schachter at Nefesh Music
Video: Timeline Cinema