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. Photography by Luciebelle Photography.
This celebration was held at Reid Castle at Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York. This grand castle 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!”
The stunning decor was fit for a princess with lanterns and flowers in the official color of princesses… pink!
There were pink gift bags, pink candles, pink rose petals. Of course the cake had to be pink. Did we forget to mention pink?
The uplighting imparted a soft glow on the wood paneled walls.
MITZVAH PROJECT: Maya is a member of Off Center Dance Theatre at Dance Cavise in Mamaroneck, NY. OCDT performs for local children’s hospitals.
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.
Maya’s Dance Inspired Portrait Session, Brooklyn NY
Since Maya is a dancer, her mom Caren thought it would be great to do a dance inspired pre- bat mitzvah shoot.
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!
Color Scheme: Pink & White (View All Themes)
Photographer: Luciebelle Photography
Ceremony Location: Congregation Kol Ami
Event Venue: Reid Castle at Manhattanville College
Editorial Partner: Two Bright Lights
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