Diamonds are a girl’s best friend! Leanna’s “Shine Bright Like a Diamond” bat mitzvah took place on April 26, 2014 at SPACE in Englewood, New Jersey. SPACE’s creator and in-house event planner, Elvira Grau (who also happens to be Leanna’s mother!) called this event a “Party Planner’s Over the Top Bat Mitzvah.” Elvira was faced with the challenge of transforming SPACE into a particularly special backdrop for her most important client to date – her daughter! Photography by Chris Herder Photography.
SPACE is an all inclusive venue with an in-house chef, DJ, entertainment and of course, Elvira who did all of the décor, design and flowers for the event. The event space is a unique combination of an elegant catering hall and trendy club filled with high tech video games, bowling, laser tag and more. READ MORE ......→
From planning the party to preserving the memories, state-of-the-art trends in technology have made a huge impact on bar and bat mitzvah celebrations. With the ever-evolving capabilities of smartphone apps, new entertainment options and social media, more and more teens are incorporating high-tech twists to their parties. These new technologies provide endless opportunities to excite guests and create unforgettable experiences.
Booking your venue and vendors is only part of the event planning process. Coordinating the logistics and directing the execution of those details are what truly make your vision a reality. Having a day-of coordinator allows for you, your friends, and your family to relax and fully enjoy the event, while someone else is in charge of ensuring it is the day you expected.
Unlike a full service event planner, a “day-of” coordinator is available for families and couples who want to do most of the planning themselves, but need someone in the months leading up to and on the day of their event to make sure everything runs smoothly.
Here are the top 4 tasks a day-of coordinator will handle, so you won’t have to: READ MORE ......→
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?
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 ......→
Roller coaster loving Darien Cohn didn’t have to look far to come up with the perfect bat mitzvah theme. She combined a play on her last name with her favorite past time, for a fun “Darien Cohny Island” experience at New Jersey’s Westminster Hotel. Photography by Ivan Piedra Photography.
A Coney/Cohny Island motif was bright, fun, and completely on point for her special day! READ MORE ......→
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!
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.
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 ......→
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.
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.