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Denver Bat Mitzvah Photographer | Temple Emanuel & History Colorado Center

April 25, 2018

I just photographed the most fabulous Temple Emanuel bat mitzvah celebration for a family here in Denver, Colorado. Their daughter, Sadie, has been prepping for this big day at Temple Emanuel which is where my husband also celebrated his bar mitzvah (a long time ago! Haha) I just found out Temple Emanuel is the largest congregation in the United States between St. Louis and the West Coast which is pretty neat.

We started off the day photographing some family portraits before the service began in the pretty courtyard covered in green ivy.  Temple Emanuel Bat Mitzvah services do not allow photos to be taken during the actual ceremony, so we took some photos of Sadie in her prayer shawl and with the Torah inside the temple and with her rabbi and cantor before the guests arrived for the service. This was followed by a luncheon at the Temple.

Later that evening there was a big party held at History Colorado Center on Broadway in the Terrace Room which has a huge outdoor patio with beautiful views looking out across Denver. It was a really cool place to have a party because guests were able to wander around the huge building looking at the exhibitions celebrating the local history during cocktail hour (I particularly think it’s cute that they have a little section in the Denver area celebrating Barrel Man, a superfan for the Broncos).

After eating dinner the fun really got started with the games that bar and bat mitzvah parties are known for and are led by the DJ. The kids went all out with the scavenger hunt begging the tables where the grown ups were sitting to donate things like photo IDs, socks, and even button down shirts. After the games, we were all entertained by the professional break dancers who did a special performance and got everyone amped up for the dance floor. One part of the party I haven’t seen before was when Sadie thanked all of her guests (through poetry no less!) for traveling near and far to celebrate this special day with her and invited them up to light the candles on her birthday cake. I thought that was a really sweet touch. Overall, it was such a great day and one that I’m sure Sadie will remember for the rest of her life!

Mazel Tov, Sadie!
FAMILY PHOTOS:

Parents pose for a portrait with their daughter at her Temple Emanuel Bat Mitzvah celebration in the ivy covered wall in the courtyard in Denver
A family of four pose for formal portraits in the courtyard at a Temple Emanuel Bat Mitzvah in Denver
Beautiful family portraits in the courtyard prior to the Temple Emanuel Bat Mitzvah Service in Denver Colorado
A Temple Emanuel Bat Mitzvah girl poses for a portrait with her big brother in the courtyard in Denver Colorado
A large family group photo at Temple Emanuel Bat Mitzvah Celebration in Denver

TEMPLE EMANUEL:

Dad helps his daughter with her Tallit prayer shawl prior to the Temple Emanuel Bat Mitzvah celebration in Denver
Temple Emanuel Bat Mitzvah Rabbi with the torah in Denver Colorado prior to the service
Portraits with the Torah at a Temple Emanuel Bat Mitzvah Service in Denver Colorado
Young lady poses with the torah for portraits at her Temple Emanuel Bat Mitzvah Service in Denver Colorado
Young lady reads from the Torah at her Temple Emanuel Bat Mitzvah in Denver Colorado
Signing the contract at her Temple Emanuel Bat Mitzvah in Denver Colorado
Blessing with Tallit prior to Temple Emanuel Bat Mitzvah Service in Denver Colorado
Mom and daughter have a moment prior to her Temple Emanuel Bat Mitzvah Service in Denver Colorado
Handing out prayer books at a Temple Emanuel Bat Mitzvah in Denver Colorado
Young boy hands out prayer books prior to a Temple Emanuel Bat Mitzvah Celebration in Denver Colorado

LUNCHEON:

Group of cousins pose for a candid portrait during the kiddush at a Temple Emanuel Bat Mitzvah luncheon in Denver
A girl poses for a candid photo with her friends at her Temple Emanuel Bat Mitzvah Luncheon in Denver CO

START OF RECEPTION:

GAMES:

CANDLE LIGHTING:

DANCING:

And one last one of Sadie looking very pretty and grown up in her gorgeous blue dress!

Be sure to head over to THIS GALLERY to see some of my favorite photos from other bar and bat mitzvahs I’ve photographed throughout the years!

Temple: Temple Emanuel Hilltop Neighborhood, Denver, Colorado
Reception Venue: History Colorado Denver, Colorado

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