What girl has never dreamed of being a princess in a castle, complete with a dashing prince to court her favor? Minus the prince, Maya’s bat mitzvah delivered on all the fairytale elements. Her stunning bat mitzvah was held at the Reid Castle at Manhattanville College in Westchester, NY. Photography by Luciebelle Photography.
The grand Reid Castle at Manhattanville College was built in 1888-1892 by Whitelaw Reid following a fire that destroyed the original mansion. He and his wife decided to go big, rebuilding on a grand scale using stone that was quarried on the grounds. The result was a sprawling estate and a reception hall composed of two kinds of marble, all heavily influenced by french design.
A bat mitzvah is about coming of age, and there’s one right of passage that most girls look forward to – stepping out in some serious heels. Maya is a trained dancer. She could handle it. She glowed in a ballet-inspired beaded dress with a floating tutu skirt.
Maya’s Mom: “Maya’s Dad designs restaurants and hotels, so we tried to create an elegant series of spaces within the historic Reid Castle space that had tall ceilings and dark wood work. We achieved an interplay between the new and old through lighting and Chinese lanterns. Without spending a fortune, we were able to bring warmth and Maya’s grace and youthful spirit into a big, grand, almost intimidating space!”
At the end of the party, Maya and her dance friends changed into shorts and tank tops and performed one of their dances that the group performs as part of Off Center Dance Theater.
After some convincing Maya agreed. They met in D.U.M.B.O Brooklyn and took these shots while wandering around the neighborhood for 2 hours. Maya was a great sport and coaxing payed off with some fantastic shots against the best backdrop in the world…New York City.
Mazel Tov to Maya and her family for sharing your special day with us!
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