Last weekend Person + Killian photographed a spectacular Boston Bat Mitzvah with Rafanelli Events. Julia’s big weekend kicked off on her birthday at Congregation Or Atid in Wayland, MA. There, we were able to capture Julia, her parents and siblings practicing for the next day’s big ceremony. After some great candid and group shots we headed out to nearby Pine Brook Country Club in Weston for a formal family dinner.

The celebration began Saturday night at WGBH Studios in Boston. The studio was decked out in fun and interactive decor that the guest of honor along with her family and friends could enjoy throughout cocktail hour including the fun candid photo wall with Julia’s signature logo. We love that Rafanelli Events was able to customize the event with the logo in everything from walls, straws and even the cupcakes. After cocktail hour, guests headed into the theater for a special video created for Julia. Guests were wowed when the doors of the studio opened to revealed the dinner and dancing portion of the evening.

The setup at Pine Brook Country Club included some of the favorite family photos that added a great personal touch to the setting.

The main lobby of WGBH was the perfect backdrop for cocktail hour. The space was divided into a sleek and modern section for the adults and a modern interactive section for the kids.

We loved the props that the crew at Rafanelli Events put together for the photo wall. They were a big hit with the guests throughout the evening and we had the opportunity to take some shots of Julia and her family at the beginning of the night.

Julia loved her custom-made sign in board that adorned the wall for guests to sign on the way into the dinner.

Following the traditional blessing of the challah, candle lighting and a few heartfelt and emotional speeches by Julia’s siblings, the crowd danced the evening away with entertainment by Kupah of KLASS Universal Entertainment. There was dancing, music videos shown on giant circle screens on the wall, break-dancing and more!

After dinner, desserts were brought out to the cocktail area complete with a cotton candy machine and make your own sundae bar for the kids tables.

Event Planning and Design: Rafanelli Events; Photography: Person + Killian Photography; Entertainment: KLASS Universal Entertainment; Catering: MAX Ultimate Food; Lighting: Port Lighting; Rentals: Be Our Guest; Dance Floor and Stage: Peterson Party Center; Video: Boston Wedding Films; Flowers: Table and Tulip


The Event Photography of this Boston Bat Mitzvah was photographed by Person + Killian Photography at WGBH Studios, Boston. This event was planned and coordinated by Rafanelli Events. Jill Person and Laurén Killian can be reached via email at [email protected] and [email protected] or via phone at 617.236.1662 with locations on Newbury Street Boston and Newport, Rhode Island.