In 2012 we photographed the Bat Mitzvah of Danielle and were thrilled when her family asked us back to capture the celebration for her little brother Liam. Liam’s Bar Mitzvah celebration was held earlier this month in the Grand Ballroom of the Taj Boston Hotel. All of the event design and planning was coordinated by talented team at Janie Haas Events. We asked lead planner Stephanie to share with us some of the inspiration behind this modern, colorful and fun sneaker themed event.
“When I first sat and met with Ronit and Liam, I could tell we were going to have a lot of fun! Liam was very enthusiastic about being involved with planning of his Bar Mitzvah celebration, but beyond requesting a really cool and unique party, the specifics were unknown. I knew he wanted clubby lounge seating and loved the color orange! During a meeting with their DJ, Kupah James, we sat together and talked about sneakers the entire meeting. When I was able to steal Liam’s attention and get him to focus on the planning agenda, I asked him if he liked the idea of subtle sneaker theme and he became quite excited. He and I started drawing potential logos at the dining room table, the idea being to create his name out of a shoelace. We took a preliminary sketch to the very talented Michael from Prop Factory, who really brought the logo to life and the rest sort of spiraled into an awesome décor concept.
From there, I tried to merge the idea of clubby and cool with sneakers and decided to pitch the idea of an elite shoe launch ambiance, which was very well received. Liam provided me with a list of his top 15 favorite sneakers, ranging from attainable to impossible to locate. Michael from the Prop Factory managed to find every pair on his list! A rare pair of Jordan 6 Retro “Cigar” sneakers appeared in a custom made acrylic box for guests to sign, while another 15 pairs hung from display truss flanking the DJ booth, provided by Frost Production and PBD Events. Liam changed into a pair of Yeezy Boost 350’s for the dancing portion of the night, while his sister, Danielle rocked a pair of Chanel Sneaker Wedges! Sneakers appeared subtly in every detail, from the step and repeat backdrop to the table top graphics on the kids tables, to footprints leading from the ballroom doors to the balcony stairs, to the card box which was made out of Nike shoe boxes. One of the kids’ activities was a custom Nike Elite branding station where the kids designed their own authentic Nike Elite socks to take home. Who would have thought this all started with some sketching at the dining room table . . .?”
Mazal Tov to Liam and his wonderful family! We can not thank you enough for having us back to once again photograph such a special day for all of you. A big thank you to Stephanie, Diana and the team at Janie Haas Events for a perfect evening!
Venue: Taj Boston Hotel; Design and Planning: Janie Haas Events; Photography: Person + Killian Photography; Entertainment: Kupah James – Klass Entertainment; Flowers: Marc Hall Designs; Lighting: Frost Productions; Decor: PBD Events; Linen: TTN – Table Toppers of Newton; Logo/Graphic Design: Michael of the Prop Factory
Boston Bar Mitzvah at Taj Boston with Janie Haas Events | Person + Killian Photography located at 251 Newbury Street in the Back Bay | Boston, MA 02116 | 617.236.1662 | [email protected] | [email protected]