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

 

Yoey and Aaron's Memorial Day Modern Jewish Wedding at Anthony's Pier 9, New Windsor, NY

It is not often that I manage to get a blog post out a few days after I have photographed a wedding, but I am so glad I managed with this one! Yoey and Aaron got married just a few days ago, on Memorial Day, at Anthony’s Pier 9 in New Windsor. I have captured a bunch of weddings at this venue, and the beautiful ceremony area never ceases to amaze me! Anthony’s Pier 9 transformed part of their venue into a rainforest-jungle-gardenesque space with trees and waterfalls, it is really something special.  What I did not know about, until this wedding, was that there is a wonderful park called Plum Point Park right near the hall, and we thoroughly enjoyed taking some beautiful photos there!

Yoey and Aaron were the sweetest couple to capture, full of personality yet relaxed enough to go with the flow of the portraits, which allowed for some really spectacular moments captured! These two definitely enjoyed every moment of their special day, right up until the very end.  After all of the usual wedding moments, ceremony, eating and dancing, the evening ended off with an epic dance party. DJ Ben Black, who is married to Aaron’s mother, DJ’d this awesome part of the wedding, which included incredible music, a dancing robot-smoke machine, and amazing dancing.  What a way to end a really incredible wedding day!

Yoey and Aaron's Memorial Day Modern Jewish Wedding at Anthony's Pier 9, New Windsor, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Bride Gown Dress Flowers Portraits
Yoey and Aaron's Memorial Day Modern Jewish Wedding at Anthony's Pier 9, New Windsor, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Bride Portraits flowers gown outdoors
Yoey and Aaron's Memorial Day Modern Jewish Wedding at Anthony's Pier 9, New Windsor, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz groom suit portraits bowtie preparations
Yoey and Aaron's Memorial Day Modern Jewish Wedding at Anthony's Pier 9, New Windsor, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz groom suit portraits
Yoey and Aaron's Memorial Day Modern Jewish Wedding at Anthony's Pier 9, New Windsor, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz bride portraits gown flowers outdoors
Yoey and Aaron's Memorial Day Modern Jewish Wedding at Anthony's Pier 9, New Windsor, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz first look bride groom gown suit flowers portraits
Yoey and Aaron's Memorial Day Modern Jewish Wedding at Anthony's Pier 9, New Windsor, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz bride groom portraits couple flowers gown suit
Yoey and Aaron's Memorial Day Modern Jewish Wedding at Anthony's Pier 9, New Windsor, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz couple bride groom first look dance gown suit portraits
Yoey and Aaron's Memorial Day Modern Jewish Wedding at Anthony's Pier 9, New Windsor, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz couple bride groom portraits
Yoey and Aaron's Memorial Day Modern Jewish Wedding at Anthony's Pier 9, New Windsor, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz bride groom dip gown portraits couple love
Yoey and Aaron's Memorial Day Modern Jewish Wedding at Anthony's Pier 9, New Windsor, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz bride groom dance spin
Yoey and Aaron's Memorial Day Modern Jewish Wedding at Anthony's Pier 9, New Windsor, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz bride groom bridesmaids portraits
Yoey and Aaron's Memorial Day Modern Jewish Wedding at Anthony's Pier 9, New Windsor, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz bride family portraits
Yoey and Aaron's Memorial Day Modern Jewish Wedding at Anthony's Pier 9, New Windsor, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz bride father of the bride portraits
Yoey and Aaron's Memorial Day Modern Jewish Wedding at Anthony's Pier 9, New Windsor, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz groom family portraits
Yoey and Aaron's Memorial Day Modern Jewish Wedding at Anthony's Pier 9, New Windsor, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz groom family portraits
Yoey and Aaron's Memorial Day Modern Jewish Wedding at Anthony's Pier 9, New Windsor, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz groom groomsmen portraits bowtie
Yoey and Aaron's Memorial Day Modern Jewish Wedding at Anthony's Pier 9, New Windsor, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz ketubah
Yoey and Aaron's Memorial Day Modern Jewish Wedding at Anthony's Pier 9, New Windsor, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz bride badeken
Yoey and Aaron's Memorial Day Modern Jewish Wedding at Anthony's Pier 9, New Windsor, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz bride groom badeken
Yoey and Aaron's Memorial Day Modern Jewish Wedding at Anthony's Pier 9, New Windsor, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz groom bride badeken
Yoey and Aaron's Memorial Day Modern Jewish Wedding at Anthony's Pier 9, New Windsor, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz groom family walk down isle chuppah
Yoey and Aaron's Memorial Day Modern Jewish Wedding at Anthony's Pier 9, New Windsor, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz bride walk down isle chuppah ceremony
Yoey and Aaron's Memorial Day Modern Jewish Wedding at Anthony's Pier 9, New Windsor, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz bride groom chuppah ceremony
Yoey and Aaron's Memorial Day Modern Jewish Wedding at Anthony's Pier 9, New Windsor, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz ceremony ring bride groom
bride groom sheva brachot Yoey and Aaron's Memorial Day Modern Jewish Wedding at Anthony's Pier 9, New Windsor, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
Yoey and Aaron's Memorial Day Modern Jewish Wedding at Anthony's Pier 9, New Windsor, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz smashing the glass chuppah ceremony
Yoey and Aaron's Memorial Day Modern Jewish Wedding at Anthony's Pier 9, New Windsor, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz bride groom dancing
Yoey and Aaron's Memorial Day Modern Jewish Wedding at Anthony's Pier 9, New Windsor, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz bride groom entrance man and wife first time
Yoey and Aaron's Memorial Day Modern Jewish Wedding at Anthony's Pier 9, New Windsor, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz bride dancing
Yoey and Aaron's Memorial Day Modern Jewish Wedding at Anthony's Pier 9, New Windsor, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz bride dancing
Yoey and Aaron's Memorial Day Modern Jewish Wedding at Anthony's Pier 9, New Windsor, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz dancing
Yoey and Aaron's Memorial Day Modern Jewish Wedding at Anthony's Pier 9, New Windsor, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz dancing groom
Yoey and Aaron's Memorial Day Modern Jewish Wedding at Anthony's Pier 9, New Windsor, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz dancing loud music
Yoey and Aaron's Memorial Day Modern Jewish Wedding at Anthony's Pier 9, New Windsor, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz mother son groom dance
Yoey and Aaron's Memorial Day Modern Jewish Wedding at Anthony's Pier 9, New Windsor, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz bride groom dance
Yoey and Aaron's Memorial Day Modern Jewish Wedding at Anthony's Pier 9, New Windsor, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz dancing confetti
Yoey and Aaron's Memorial Day Modern Jewish Wedding at Anthony's Pier 9, New Windsor, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz bride groom dancing
Yoey and Aaron's Memorial Day Modern Jewish Wedding at Anthony's Pier 9, New Windsor, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz bride groom dancing
Yoey and Aaron's Memorial Day Modern Jewish Wedding at Anthony's Pier 9, New Windsor, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz bride groom dancing
dancing women Yoey and Aaron's Memorial Day Modern Jewish Wedding at Anthony's Pier 9, New Windsor, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
Yoey and Aaron's Memorial Day Modern Jewish Wedding at Anthony's Pier 9, New Windsor, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
Yoey and Aaron's Memorial Day Modern Jewish Wedding at Anthony's Pier 9, New Windsor, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz bride groom dancing

The Wedding Team:

Event Planner- Yoey Sacks - The bride!
Venue and Food- Anthony’s Pier 9
Photography - Chaim Schvarcz and David Zimand
Florist- Flowers by David Anthony
Musical Entertainment - Rhythm 5 with Avrami Cohen
Videography - Halo Studios
Hair Stylist - Katy Kelly
Makeup Artist - Alana Schmidt
Gown Designer - Maggie Sottero

Batsheva Rubenstien's Bat Mitzvah at Factory 220, Passaic NJ

When you drive up to the location of Factory 220, you might wonder what to expect. Outside you may see abandoned buildings, but inside is the most incredibly versatile and convertible space. This was where Batsheva’s Bat Mitzvah was hosted, and boy was the space transformed.  Without any changes at all, the beautiful and rustic space at Factory 220 is warm and inviting, begging you to make it your own. With the lighting by Yitzy Wadiche and the decor and flowers by Papaya Events, the space was completely altered into the perfect setting for this epic Bat Mitzvah

Batsheva was so eager to have her portraits taken outdoors, using the unconventional surrounding areas as backgrounds. She was adventurous and excited to see what we could come up with, utilizing the abandoned school building and some huge puddles on the ground.  If there was any way to lighten up the groggy weather, Batsheva found it! She was such a joy to photograph, a real bundle of sunshine!

Taking photos of the Rubenstien family was an absolute pleasure. Their love for each other is so clear, and I could not help but notice how close Batsheva is with her parents. It was so special to witness that, and to listen to how they all spoke about each other in the speeches with such admiration. Going from that moment, to watching them dance together- different family members from different generations- was a sight to behold! I couldn't have been more honored to be there, capturing those moments for them.

Batsheva Rubinstien Bat MItzvah at Factory 220 New Jersey Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Mitzva Bat Mitzva Event Upscale
Batsheva Rubinstien Bat MItzvah at Factory 220 New Jersey Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Mitzva Bat Mitzva Event Upscale
Batsheva Rubinstien Bat MItzvah at Factory 220 New Jersey Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Mitzva Bat Mitzva Event Upscale
Batsheva Rubinstien Bat MItzvah at Factory 220 New Jersey Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Mitzva Bat Mitzva Event Upscale
Batsheva Rubinstien Bat MItzvah at Factory 220 New Jersey photos by Chaim Schvarcz upscale event mitzva
Batsheva Rubinstien Bat MItzvah at Factory 220 New Jersey photos by Chaim Schvarcz upscale event mitzva
Batsheva Rubinstien Bat MItzvah at Factory 220 New Jersey photos by Chaim Schvarcz upscale event mitzva
Batsheva Rubinstien Bat MItzvah at Factory 220 New Jersey photos by Chaim Schvarcz upscale event mitzva
Batsheva Rubinstien Bat MItzvah at Factory 220 New Jersey photos by Chaim Schvarcz upscale event mitzva
Batsheva Rubinstien Bat MItzvah at Factory 220 New Jersey photos by Chaim Schvarcz upscale event mitzva
Batsheva Rubinstien Bat MItzvah at Factory 220 New Jersey photos by Chaim Schvarcz upscale event mitzva
Batsheva Rubinstien Bat MItzvah at Factory 220 New Jersey photos by Chaim Schvarcz upscale event mitzva
Batsheva Rubinstien Bat MItzvah at Factory 220 New Jersey Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Mitzva upscale event
Batsheva Rubinstien Bat MItzvah at Factory 220 New Jersey photos by Chaim Schvarcz upscale event mitzva
Batsheva Rubinstien Bat MItzvah at Factory 220 New Jersey photos by Chaim Schvarcz upscale event mitzva
Batsheva Rubinstien Bat MItzvah at Factory 220 New Jersey photos by Chaim Schvarcz upscale event mitzva
Batsheva Rubinstien Bat MItzvah at Factory 220 New Jersey photos by Chaim Schvarcz upscale event mitzva
Batsheva Rubinstien Bat MItzvah at Factory 220 New Jersey photos by Chaim Schvarcz upscale event mitzva
Batsheva Rubinstien Bat MItzvah at Factory 220 New Jersey photos by Chaim Schvarcz upscale event mitzva
Batsheva Rubinstien Bat MItzvah at Factory 220 New Jersey photos by Chaim Schvarcz upscale event mitzva
Batsheva Rubinstien Bat MItzvah at Factory 220 New Jersey photos by Chaim Schvarcz upscale event mitzva
Batsheva Rubinstien Bat MItzvah at Factory 220 New Jersey photos by Chaim Schvarcz upscale event mitzva
Batsheva Rubinstien Bat MItzvah at Factory 220 New Jersey photos by Chaim Schvarcz upscale event mitzva
Batsheva Rubinstien Bat MItzvah at Factory 220 New Jersey photos by Chaim Schvarcz upscale event mitzva
Batsheva Rubinstien Bat MItzvah at Factory 220 New Jersey photos by Chaim Schvarcz upscale event mitzva
Batsheva Rubinstien Bat MItzvah at Factory 220 New Jersey photos by Chaim Schvarcz upscale event mitzva
Batsheva Rubinstien Bat MItzvah at Factory 220 New Jersey photos by Chaim Schvarcz upscale event mitzva
Batsheva Rubinstien Bat MItzvah at Factory 220 New Jersey photos by Chaim Schvarcz upscale event mitzva
Batsheva Rubinstien Bat MItzvah at Factory 220 New Jersey photos by Chaim Schvarcz upscale event mitzva
Batsheva Rubinstien Bat MItzvah at Factory 220 New Jersey photos by Chaim Schvarcz upscale event mitzva
Batsheva Rubinstien Bat MItzvah at Factory 220 New Jersey photos by Chaim Schvarcz upscale event mitzva
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The Bat Mitzvah Team:

Venue and Food: Factory 220
DJ and Lighting: Yitzy Wadiche
Flowers: Papaya Events

Joseph Berger's Bar Mitzvah at Young Israel of New Rochelle, New Rochelle NY

Family is everything.  That is something that I feel constantly; no matter what happens, where you go, how you change, family is the one constant in your life.  Joseph had his loving family around him all day celebrating his Bar Mitzvah, and I could tell that he appreciated each and every one of them.

Joseph’s Bar Mitzvah was packed with endless entertainment for everyone, from video game consoles to basketball hoops, a dry ice bar, breakdancers, arcade games, races run by motivators, and artists ‘tattooing’ with UV reactive paint that glowed when the lights went out! Everywhere you turned, there was something else to do and see, and another group of people laughing and having an amazing time.  The production and entertainment was, as the kids say, on fleek! The DJ and motivators had everyone on their feet the entire night, and got everyone involved. I loved it when the lights went off and the glow sticks (and glowing ‘tattoos’!) lit up! I always enjoy the challenge of working with the neon and glowing light, and coming up with creative ways to capture it all.

Joseph Berger's Bar Mitzvah at Young Israel of New Rochelle, New Rochelle NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, portraits
Joseph Berger's Bar Mitzvah at Young Israel of New Rochelle, New Rochelle NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, portraits
Joseph Berger's Bar Mitzvah at Young Israel of New Rochelle, New Rochelle NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, portraits
Joseph Berger's Bar Mitzvah at Young Israel of New Rochelle, New Rochelle NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, portraits
Joseph Berger's Bar Mitzvah at Young Israel of New Rochelle, New Rochelle NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, portraits, family
Joseph Berger's Bar Mitzvah at Young Israel of New Rochelle, New Rochelle NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, portraits, family

Joseph’s sister, Alexandra, flew home from her gap year in Israel to be a part of Joseph’s special day.  With a broken foot, Alexandra was very limited for portraits, even though she really wanted to be a part of them.  Benjy, also known here as Super Dad, carried Alexandra wherever we were taking photos so she wouldn’t feel left out. How amazing is that?

Joseph Berger's Bar Mitzvah at Young Israel of New Rochelle, New Rochelle NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, portraits, couple, family
Joseph Berger's Bar Mitzvah at Young Israel of New Rochelle, New Rochelle NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, portraits, couple, family
Joseph Berger's Bar Mitzvah at Young Israel of New Rochelle, New Rochelle NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, portraits, couple, family
Joseph Berger's Bar Mitzvah at Young Israel of New Rochelle, New Rochelle NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, portraits, family

Joseph’s grandparents had passed away and were not able to physically be a part of this momentous day.  There is no doubt, though, that they were there in spirit. Joseph and the family wanted them to be a part of this big part of his life, and I am certain they were.

Joseph Berger's Bar Mitzvah at Young Israel of New Rochelle, New Rochelle NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, party, dancing, family, friends
Joseph Berger's Bar Mitzvah at Young Israel of New Rochelle, New Rochelle NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, party, dancing, family, friends
Joseph Berger's Bar Mitzvah at Young Israel of New Rochelle, New Rochelle NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, party, dancing, family, friends
Joseph Berger's Bar Mitzvah at Young Israel of New Rochelle, New Rochelle NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, party, dancing, family, friends
Joseph Berger's Bar Mitzvah at Young Israel of New Rochelle, New Rochelle NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, party, dancing, family, friends
Joseph Berger's Bar Mitzvah at Young Israel of New Rochelle, New Rochelle NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, party, dancing, family, friends
Joseph Berger's Bar Mitzvah at Young Israel of New Rochelle, New Rochelle NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, party, dancing, family, friends
Joseph Berger's Bar Mitzvah at Young Israel of New Rochelle, New Rochelle NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, party, dancing, family, friends
Joseph Berger's Bar Mitzvah at Young Israel of New Rochelle, New Rochelle NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, party, dancing, family, friends
Joseph Berger's Bar Mitzvah at Young Israel of New Rochelle, New Rochelle NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, party, dancing, family, friends
Joseph Berger's Bar Mitzvah at Young Israel of New Rochelle, New Rochelle NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, party, dancing, family, friends
Joseph Berger's Bar Mitzvah at Young Israel of New Rochelle, New Rochelle NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, party, dancing, family, friends
Joseph Berger's Bar Mitzvah at Young Israel of New Rochelle, New Rochelle NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, party, dancing, family, friends
Joseph Berger's Bar Mitzvah at Young Israel of New Rochelle, New Rochelle NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, party, dancing, family, friends
Joseph Berger's Bar Mitzvah at Young Israel of New Rochelle, New Rochelle NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, party, dancing, family, friends
Joseph Berger's Bar Mitzvah at Young Israel of New Rochelle, New Rochelle NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, party, dancing, family, friends
Joseph Berger's Bar Mitzvah at Young Israel of New Rochelle, New Rochelle NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, party, dancing, family, friends

The Team

Event Planner: Piece of Cake NYC
Venue: Young Israel of New Rochelle
Catering: Carlos and Gabbys
Production and Entertainment: ESP Productions

First Look: To Do or Not To Do, That is The Question

Let’s just acknowledge my nod in the title to my English brother, Shakespeare, and we can move right along.  I do have some strong English pride that can’t be ignored!

It would be absolutely impossible for me to choose a moment of the wedding day that is my favorite.  Each wedding has its own ebb and flow, moving to a unique rhythm that is based solely on the people and the feelings that surround each individual day.  At one wedding, an emotional first dance may be my favorite part, and at another it might be the enthusiastic and fun portraits with the groom and his groomsmen. I can say, however, that I ALWAYS love when a couple does a first look.  Here are some of the reasons why:

First Look Blog Post Photos By Chaim Schvarcz Bride Groom Wedding Day

Privacy

I love the excitement of a bride and groom seeing each other for the first time on the wedding day surrounded by family and friends. The first look, though, is normally done with just the two of them, and the closeness of that moment is always beautiful and striking. With no one around, the two can be intimate with each other in a way that is not usually done with everyone else around.

First Look Blog Post Photos By Chaim Schvarcz Bride Groom Wedding Day Snow

Time

One of the toughest parts of photographing a wedding is the time restraints.  If I could, I would spend all day with the bride, groom and their family and friends, having fun and capturing their interactions and emotions together.  In fact, I think we should start having two separate days; The Wedding Day and The Wedding Portraits Day! Who’s with me?

When a couple chooses to do a first look, it usually happens early on in the day, leaving plenty of time for them to enjoy the moment, have portraits taken, loosen up and have fun! I have photographed couples in totally different locations than where the wedding is, all on the wedding day, because an early start allows us the opportunity to take couple portraits without the stress of time running out.

First Look Blog Post Photos By Chaim Schvarcz Bride Groom Wedding Day Park

Light

If you’ve read some of my other blog posts, you’ll notice a theme. Lighting. Is. EVERYTHING!  As I mentioned above, the first look usually takes place early on the wedding day. The earlier the photos, the more of a chance we have of utilizing natural light! A lot of weddings go late into the night, and if couple portraits are left until halfway through the wedding, it is often at the tail end of daylight.  I have chased the light for photos before, and would do it again, yet all of that can be avoided when the bride and groom choose to do their portraits before all of the craziness of the day sets in.

 

So, to sum all of this up, my feelings are very clear- what is the question?! If circumstances allow the bride and groom to do a first look on their wedding day, then they should DO IT! For ideas for some awesome first look photos for your wedding, reach out and let’s chat!