A few weekends back we were so fortunate to spend the evening with Sam and his awesome family to help him celebrate his bar mitzvah at the swanky uptown loft venue in mid-town Toronto. We had met Sam and his extended family a few evenings earlier to take more of the 'formal' pictures at the synagogue but it also gave us a lot of opportunity to speak with Sam and get a good sense of what to expect for the big party later that week. We arrived early in the night to take lots of detail pictures as it can be easy to overlook all the subtle decorations and hand crafted decor that often makes all the difference when it comes to creating mood. We loved the custom dance floor sign, candy station, signed hockey jersey, and mood lighting that turned the venue into more of a mid-town club feel which was perfect for the large group of friends that were arriving. Like most bar mitzvahs that we photograph, Sam's started off with an insane introduction by the night's MC which had Sam swagger in from the main stairs where he was met by all his guests ready to dance and celebrate with the traditional hora dance. Throughout the night, there were lots of great speeches from Sam's friends and family, tons of games on the dance floor and live lip-syncing on stage to the top tunes pounding the speakers all night. By the time we left, it felt like the party hadn't even reached the climax yet as all of Sam's friends and family were too busy dancing and celebrating the night away. We were so happy to be a part of this amazing night and to help give Sam and his family many great memories that will last long into the future. Mazel Tov, Sam and we wish you all the best in the future!
Gary + Sheena