There is something to be said about any religious community. I’ve been sitting here for about 10 minutes going back and forth with just how I could describe in words of how much love and support we witnessed between the Bazerman’s and the rest of the Jewish Orthodox community. I already used this word in one of the sneak peek photos, and I’ll use it again because it really is the best word that comes to my mind and is so fitting: tight-knit. Donny and I had the warmest welcome and felt like we fit right in with everyone. This is what is so awesome about our jobs. We get to build relationships and meet new people that just blow us away with their kindness. That is exactly what we experienced with all of the Bazerman’s at Sascha’s Bat Mitzvah.
Back in January, Trisha contacted us after seeing the photo’s of her co-workers engagement session on our blog and asked us to take photos of her daughters Bat Mitzvah as well as some family photos before. She told me the event would be held at the Newland Barn in Huntington Beach. We had looked at photos of the venue beforehand to get the creative juices flowing. However, we woke up on that Sunday morning and it was raining outside. Of course it wants to rain on the one day when Sascha’s Bat Mitzvah is supposed to be held mainly outside! LA has a funny sense of humor. We were also supposed to do family photos an hour before the event.
When we arrived, Trisha and her family were trying their best to set up all the tables and centerpieces into the barn and the tent they had to rent last minute– all while trying to keep their hair from frizzing out from the rain. The rain owned my hair that day, let me tell you. Anyways, the adrenaline kicked in and we duck-taped two grey table clothes to the wall for a make-shift backdrop for the family photos. We worked with what we had, and it turned out great! Luckily the rain decided to let up around 5:30 and we were able to get outside for some great natural-light photos. Those are our favorite kind.
I keep saying “The Bazerman’s” and I should probably explain who they are: Danny and Trisha are the Mr. & Mrs. of this family of 5. Trisha has such a great energy about her, and she’s so easy to love. Danny is the cool Dad. He is laid back and believes in doing things that make you happy–which I completely agree with. He also knows how to rock a suit and hat. These two have raised (still raising) 3 beautiful daughters. Hannah is 20 and is a teacher at Hebrew school if I remember that correctly. Paris has been living over in Israel..yes, I said Israel. Sascha is so mature for her age which became evident when she delivered this incredible speech that she wrote herself in front of 140 people. I’m pretty sure I wasn’t like that at 12 years old. Each girl has their own personality, and I was admiring their fierceness, strength, and style. Not only that, they are beautiful!
They had food catered from Thank Goodness It’s Sofia Creative Cuisine & Event Planning and they are located in Long Beach, CA. The food and staff were excellent–especially the brownie with ice cream dessert. SO good! Music was performed by Orange County Klezmers and they specialize in Weddings, Bar/Bat Mitzvah’s, and other special events.
If you want to see more photos of Sascha’s Bat Mitzvah, click here to go to our client page on our website.