We wish Cole and his family a huge congratulations after celebrating his Bar Mitzvah at the only place imaginable if you're a true hockey fan and player - the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, Ontario. As a massive hockey fan myself, hearing about Cole's plans for the big day got me really excited as I knew there would be so many amazing features to photograph and use as backdrops for all of Cole's family and friends throughout the night. However, before the event that took place a few weekends back, we joined Cole to photograph the Bar Mitzvah service that took place at Chabbat of Midtown which is a lovely, local shul located in the west end of the city. The intimate service was attended by lots of Cole's family and included a nice luncheon following the service. I especially loved the hockey skate centerpieces at each table!
The following Saturday, we met Cole and his family at the Hockey Hall of Fame where we entered through a huge balloon arch welcoming everybody to the night as well as a spectacular painting of Cole lacing up his skates that guests could sign. We started the evening by taking family pictures in the Montreal Canadiens' dressing room (which was an exact replica of their dressing from from the old Montreal Forum). I had to really focus on the pictures because I was getting distracted by all the original equipment, jerseys and sticks that I wanted to play with. Throughout the night, guests were able to roam around the venue playing interactive games and checking out all the amazing relics around every corner. There were also food and drink stations set up throughout the building that really made the space feel like a giant playground for both the kids and adults.
There was also Cole's giant ice statue of his hockey jersey as well as smaller, but no less amazing, ice sculptures of a hockey players with Cole's name and date. The night hadn't even really started yet and Sheena and I were overwhelmed with all the excitement and fun! It was only when we heard the MC from Magen Boys call everybody to the dance floor that we knew something big was about to happen. And it did...
Cole was quickly introduced by none other than Andy Frost who is the in-house announcer for the Air Canada Centre and the Toronto Maple Leafs. After running through a sea of family and friends for Cole's grand entrance, it was time to start the night with the traditional hora dance followed by a dance competition and a multitude of prizes being thrown into the crowd from every angle.
During the night that followed, guests were busy entertaining themselves at the interactive exhibits, dancing in the main gallery or hanging out and lounging by the bar or in the theatre. There were so many things to do and guests to photograph that we almost missed a late night break dancer who entertained those on the dance floor. It was definitely an event that we will remember for a long time not only because of spectacular building we were in, but also because of the genuine love and happiness that filled the entire space all night. We can only imagine the amount of time and effort that was put into the event and we are so happy that we had this opportunity to be a part of something so special. Mazel Tov, Cole and we wish you only the best things in life!
Gary + Sheena
Chairs - Chairman Mills
Balloons + Decor - Balloon Celebrations
Ice Sculptures - Golden Chefs
Catering - Marigolds & Onions
Entertainment - Magen Boys