Get To Know Award-Winning Wedding & Mitzvah Photographer – Elana Goodridge

Elana Goodridge of Elana Goodridge Photography has recently been awarded 4 WedAwards – the esteemed international contest for wedding photography. While she was awarded for her work with weddings, her portfolio also includes amazing bar & bat mitzvah images, and she loves to photograph couples and families on their special day.  We caught up with Elana to learn more about her and her work, and share some of her favorite photos including the winning ones!

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1. Tell us a little about yourself. When did you know you wanted to be a photographer and that you had the talent to be successful?

Bat Mitzvah Service - Girl & Tallis by Elana Goodridge Photography

I fell in love with photography when I was a young girl. My father gave me an old Pentax camera and I had so much joy looking at the world through its lens. Even so, the thought of pursuing a career as a photographer hadn’t entered my mind. READ MORE ......

4 Hot New Mitzvah & Wedding Entertainment Options

We’re excited to share 4 new and trending entertainment services from Interactive Entertainment Group, one of the leading providers of entertainment products and services, specializing in the hottest trends in party and event entertainment.

#1 – INFINITE PHOTO BOOTH – 5 BOOTHS IN 1

Photo booths continue to be a very popular option for weddings and bar/bat mitzvahs.  There are many types of photo booths available to meet different budgets and preferences.  Interactive Entertainment Group now offers a 5-in-1 photo booth, giving you access to 5 of the hottest technologies in one booth!  Brilliant!

Infinite 5-in-1 Photo Booth for a Bar & Bat Mitzvah or Party

The 5 Infinite Photo Booth features are: READ MORE ......

New NYC Lounge & Nightclub – Amadeus Event Space

Conveniently located near Manhattan and Long Island, Amadeus Event Space combines a chic NYC vibe with added space and parking amenities at its new Queens venue. It’s more than a great location – Amadeus Event Space also features spectacular lighting and sound displays, a record number of video walls, amazing staff and delectable cuisine.

EXTRAORDINARY LIGHTING

NYC Lounge & Nightclub for a Wedding, Bar & Bat Mitzvah Party - Amadeus Event Space

Amadeus Event Space – Mezzanine View with LED Chandelier

Every aspect of the lighting can be customized to create a unique color scheme for your special occasion. Your guests will be amazed by their high-tech audio/visual experience. READ MORE ......

Tiffany Blue & Gold Equestrian Theme Bat Mitzvah in NY

Lily’s Bat Mitzvah was the perfect blend of youth and sophistication, with Tiffany blue details styling a horseback riding themed “Ride On” party.

Tiffany Blue & White Bat Mitzvah ColorsThe unique party was planned by Melisa Imberman of The Event of a Lifetime, decorated by X-Quisite Flowers & Events, and photographed by Ellen Dubin Photography.

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Timing is Everything: When To Hire a Rabbi For Your Wedding

This article was written by Rabbi Adina Lewittes

Once the initial cries of “Mazal Tov!” and “Congratulations!” have quieted down, the newly engaged couple has a long list of calls to make to settle the many moving pieces of planning a wedding.  These include a caterer, a photographer, a band, an invitation specialist, a florist, a dressmaker – just to name a few. Oh, and a rabbi.

Jewish Wedding Planning - Finding a Rabbi Advice

Rabbi Dini with Bride & Groom

Photo courtesy of Rabbi Adina Lewittes

Choosing the right place for the wedding, and deciding on food, music, clothes and pictures are crucial tasks, for sure, and exciting ones too.  Another exciting decision involves finding an officiant to set the spiritual and emotional tone of the moment when two people become bound to one another in love and faith.  This is the turning point that launches the couple into a lifetime of sacred partnership, and hopefully sustains them throughout their lives together. It is a point in time that they return to in their hearts and souls over and over again.

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Interactive Entertainment Ideas & Games

Top Interactive Games, High Tech Activities, and Virtual Reality

Who can resist playing a game that is beautifully lit up in neon colors – or doing something they’ve never done before, like skydiving or playing in a rock band? The entertainment options at bar & bat mitzvahs and teen parties are getting bigger (literally!) and better every day. It’s no surprise that, in addition to DJs and bands, more and more families are including interactive games and entertainment during their cocktail hours and receptions – all updated with the newest technology and trends. Guests young and old are loving it!

We’re excited to share the newest and hottest interactive entertainment and games!

LED Ping Pong Games | Mitzvah Party EntertainmentLED Ping Pong available from Interactive Entertainment Group.

This is an excerpt from the Mitzvah & Party Trend Report.  Download the full eBook for free – Mitzvah & Party Trend Report

Giant Games are In! READ MORE ......

Hebrew Name Jewelry – Great Gift Idea for Bat Mitzvah or Birthday

Written by Alissa Haroush of Alef Bet Jewelry by Paula

What’s in a name?  Such an easy title, such a complex idea!

Hebrew Name Necklace - Great Gift Idea for Bat MItzvah or Birthday - 14K Gold CharmHebrew Name Necklace by Alef Bet Jewelry by Paula.
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We all need to be called something, we all have a name. When my son says to me, “that boy with long hair,” I always answer back, “that kid’s mom didn’t name him the boy with the long hair.” We all have a name. So, where do they come from? Sure, we can choose a name off the top 100 baby name list, but that isn’t all that is involved when you give someone an identity. History and thought goes into that name as well. READ MORE ......