Its always a privilege to get a recommendation from Philip Small but when its one of his best friends it made it that little bit special. Des called me on Philips personal recommendation to do the bar mitzvah photography his son Arie’s Bar mitzvah party at the Jumeirah Carlton hotel in Knightsbridge.

Getting to the venue several hours prior to start Arie’s bar mitzvah photography and ensure all the details and families were captured perfectly I could see the enourmous amount of planning that had been going on  with the lighting set up by David Graham at Sound Division and the black glitter stage set for the sounds of Totem.

Planning a bar mitzvah

As an event planner they dont come any better than Philip Small with his meticulous attention to detail, his flair for giving you the wow factor and then his specialaty..that amazing food with stunning canapes to start and coktails served by girls wearing the tray as a skirt whilst another dressed as a cowgirl dispensed shotgun shots for the adults.

The tables were adorned with grey cloths complimented with red glass tableware and complimentary napkins, whilst the main bar was a shimmering spectaclecovered in highly polished mirror tiles. The kids had a slightly different set up with high stools and bar height tables and Max Headroom style table decorations. I planed not only to give the family a great set of storytelling images but also deliver to Philip Small some great bar mitzvah photographs of this event.


Arriving in Style

Arie arrived in style in a beautiful black Lamborghini with his brother for a few posed shots with this mean machine before going inside for a few pre selected family photographs before their guests arrived for pre dinner drinks and canapes served by glamorous girls dressed in skirts holding coctails.

The main event

With a call from the top hatted grand toastmaster their guests flooded into the main ballroom at The Jumeirah Carlton to be greeted by the wow factor and the sounds of the eight piece band Totem followed by the grand entrance of the barmitzvah boy Arie and straight onto the dancefloor for a enegetic first set accompanied by a group of performers dressed as traditional jewish rabbis wth both Des and Arie joining in the traditional dancing with matching hats and coats.

Belly dancing from Turkey

As the evening progressed the fun really started to happen firstly with a turkish belly dancer and then a beautiful sony by Arie’s sister and then the shots flowed with a cowgirl dispensing vodka shots from two bottles slung from her waist. Dancing and drinking with all those close to you was kinda a perfect evening and bar mitzvah.

The Bar mitzvah photgraphy slide show

I always provide couples and families a small selection of my favourite images . click here to see Arie’s slide show.


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