BGMemories: Blog https://www.bgmemories.com/blog en-us BGMemoires.com brad@bgmemories.com (BGMemories) Mon, 23 Nov 2020 04:21:00 GMT Mon, 23 Nov 2020 04:21:00 GMT https://www.bgmemories.com/img/s/v-12/u235974679-o972175543-50.jpg BGMemories: Blog https://www.bgmemories.com/blog 80 120 Shira D's Covid Bat-Mitzvah https://www.bgmemories.com/blog/2020/11/shira-ds-covid-bat-mitzvah 01_Shira D_Blog01_Shira D_Blog 02_Shira D_Blog02_Shira D_Blog 03_Shira D_Blog03_Shira D_Blog 04_Shira D_Blog04_Shira D_Blog 05_Shira D_Blog05_Shira D_Blog 06_Shira D_Blog06_Shira D_Blog 07_Shira D_Blog07_Shira D_Blog 08_Shira D_Blog08_Shira D_Blog 09_Shira D_Blog09_Shira D_Blog 10_Shira D_Blog10_Shira D_Blog 11_Shira D_Blog11_Shira D_Blog 12_Shira D_Blog12_Shira D_Blog 13_Shira D_Blog13_Shira D_Blog 14_Shira D_Blog14_Shira D_Blog 15_Shira D_Blog15_Shira D_Blog 16_Shira D_Blog16_Shira D_Blog 17_Shira D_Blog17_Shira D_Blog 18_Shira D_Blog18_Shira D_Blog 19_Shira D_Blog19_Shira D_Blog 20_Shira D_Blog20_Shira D_Blog 21_Shira D_Blog21_Shira D_Blog 22_Shira D_Blog22_Shira D_Blog 23_Shira D_Blog23_Shira D_Blog 24_Shira D_Blog24_Shira D_Blog 25_Shira D_Blog25_Shira D_Blog 26_Shira D_Blog26_Shira D_Blog 27_Shira D_Blog27_Shira D_Blog 28_Shira D_Blog28_Shira D_Blog 29_Shira D_Blog29_Shira D_Blog 30_Shira D_Blog30_Shira D_Blog 31_Shira D_Blog31_Shira D_Blog 32_Shira D_Blog32_Shira D_Blog 33_Shira D_Blog33_Shira D_Blog 34_Shira D_Blog34_Shira D_Blog 35_Shira D_Blog35_Shira D_Blog 36_Shira D_Blog36_Shira D_Blog 37_Shira D_Blog37_Shira D_Blog 38_Shira D_Blog38_Shira D_Blog

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brad@bgmemories.com (BGMemories) https://www.bgmemories.com/blog/2020/11/shira-ds-covid-bat-mitzvah Mon, 23 Nov 2020 04:20:49 GMT
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brad@bgmemories.com (BGMemories) https://www.bgmemories.com/blog/2020/11/sadies-covid-bat-mitzvah Thu, 05 Nov 2020 04:47:50 GMT
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brad@bgmemories.com (BGMemories) https://www.bgmemories.com/blog/2020/9/coopers-bar-mitzvah Mon, 21 Sep 2020 23:02:35 GMT
Melissa & Michael's Water Works Wedding https://www.bgmemories.com/blog/2020/3/melissa-michaels-water-works-wedding I've known Melissa for a very long time through family friends and JRA. Apperently, I've known Michael in college. While taking a photo at the wedding of his college fraturnity friends, it became clear that it was the same time I was there and my chapter helped formed his chapter and we used to hang with them very often, small world! We started the day in the bridal sweet at the Water Works, Philadelphia. It was a beautiful day and the sunlight we were getting in was amazing. Melissa's daughters were running around, fixing their makeup and helping getting the room ready. In the Jewish religion, women come to meet the bride and get a blessing before the ceremony happens. While this is happening, the men are praying and signing the Kittubah (marraige agreement). This is a very special and important time for both the bride and groom and their guests. Once this time period is over, the ceremony begins. It was a beautiful ceremony with so many friends and family helping with different parts of the ceremony.

After the ceremony ended, I took the Bride, Groom, their children, and immeditate family out to the Gazebo/Pier overlooking Boat House Row.  The sun was shining bright but the city looked amazing in the background. The time we spent with just Michael, Melissa their kids was so much fun and the walk back was so full of laughter and joy.

Back at the reception, the party began and was a huge simcha! The energy was amazing and the live music fanatic. So amazing to see how much fun everyone was having dancing for hours! Near the end of the party, Michael had Melissa sit in the middle of the dance floor and sing to her. It was a beautiful moment and amazing that Michael put himself out here to do in front of everyone.  The wedding ended with a fantastic coffee and dessert bar. This party was a beautiful simcha from start to finish and I wish Melissa, Michael and their entire family Mazel tov! 01_BG3_696601_BG3_6966 02_DSC_295202_DSC_2952 03_BG3_697403_BG3_6974 04_BG3_698404_BG3_6984 05_BG3_699105_BG3_6991 06_BWP_894806_BWP_8948 07_BWP_895807_BWP_8958 07_BWP_896107_BWP_8961 08_BWP_897408_BWP_8974 09_BG3_700709_BG3_7007 10_BG3_690010_BG3_6900 11_BG3_692111_BG3_6921 12_BG3_694912_BG3_6949 13_BG3_695713_BG3_6957 14_BG3_703214_BG3_7032 15_BG3_705215_BG3_7052 16_BG3_707316_BG3_7073 17_BG3_708017_BG3_7080 18_BG3_711818_BG3_7118 19_BG3_716219_BG3_7162 20_BG3_716520_BG3_7165 21_BG3_717221_BG3_7172 22_BG3_720022_BG3_7200 23_BG3_721223_BG3_7212 24_BG3_724824_BG3_7248 25_BG3_726225_BG3_7262 26_BG3_733426_BG3_7334 27_BG3_733727_BG3_7337 28_BWP_898828_BWP_8988 29_BWP_899929_BWP_8999 30_BWP_902330_BWP_9023 31_BG3_735431_BG3_7354 32_BG3_736632_BG3_7366 33_BG3_737133_BG3_7371 34_BG3_737934_BG3_7379 35_BG3_738235_BG3_7382 36_BWP_897636_BWP_8976 37_BWP_8998 (2)37_BWP_8998 (2) 38_DSC_300138_DSC_3001 39_BG3_742039_BG3_7420 40_DSC_302340_DSC_3023 41_BG3_744041_BG3_7440 42_DSC_303942_DSC_3039 43_BG3_747343_BG3_7473 44_BWP_9303 (2)44_BWP_9303 (2) 45_DSC_312945_DSC_3129 46_BG3_761646_BG3_7616 47_BG3_764747_BG3_7647 48_BG3_765448_BG3_7654 49_BG3_765749_BG3_7657 50_BG3_767250_BG3_7672 51_BG3_767951_BG3_7679 52_BG3_786652_BG3_7866 53_BG3_788253_BG3_7882 54_BG3_789954_BG3_7899 55_BG3_792855_BG3_7928 56_BG3_794056_BG3_7940 57_DSC_325757_DSC_3257 58_DSC_330158_DSC_3301 59_DSC_332659_DSC_3326 60_DSC_333360_DSC_3333 61_DSC_337261_DSC_3372 62_BG3_739662_BG3_7396 63_BG3_740563_BG3_7405 64_BG3_755964_BG3_7559 65_BWP_9384 (2)65_BWP_9384 (2) 66_BWP_9397 (2)66_BWP_9397 (2) 67_BWP_9406 (2)67_BWP_9406 (2) 68_DSC_390568_DSC_3905 69_BWP_939669_BWP_9396 70_DSC_349670_DSC_3496 71_DSC_349971_DSC_3499 72_BWP_944972_BWP_9449 73_DSC_365773_DSC_3657 74_DSC_370974_DSC_3709 75_BWP_9596 (2)75_BWP_9596 (2) 76_DSC_383776_DSC_3837 77_DSC_394677_DSC_3946 78_DSC_384978_DSC_3849 79_DSC_400379_DSC_4003

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brad@bgmemories.com (BGMemories) https://www.bgmemories.com/blog/2020/3/melissa-michaels-water-works-wedding Fri, 27 Mar 2020 02:37:35 GMT
Michal's Bat-Mitzvah https://www.bgmemories.com/blog/2020/3/michals-bat-mitzvah I knew that Michal was a special person when I met her at her sister, Molly's, Bat-Mitzvah. Two and a half years later, Michal gets her turn in the spotlight and took full advantage of it. The moment her family showed up at Beth Sholom Congregation in Elkins Park, there was an incredible energy.  I always feel lucky to photograph at this Frank Lloyd Wright masterpiece. The structure is nothing like any other synagogue I have ever been. Unfortunately, it was raining at the time of the photo-shoot and couldn't go outside, but the family and I found some of the spaces to use as backgrounds.

The party took place at Beat Street in Huntington Valley, a unique venue with many cool colors, lighting, and graffiti. It was a beautiful (albeit a little cold) day and we took a ton of photos both outside and inside the venue. Michal was a star gave her attention to everyone there. This is a very impressive trait for someone her age and the loved showed by all her family and friends proves it.

Once the guests arrived and the party started, there was no stopping them! From the cocktail hour through candle lighting, the hora and the dance party itself, this was a party that truly rocked. I am so glad to have had the opportunity to capture this family's special moment. A huge Mazel Tov to Michal and her entire family!

 

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brad@bgmemories.com (BGMemories) 13 2020 Beat Street Beth birthday Celebration elkins park events Family jewish Main Line Mazel mitzvah Philadelphia sholom" synagogue Torah https://www.bgmemories.com/blog/2020/3/michals-bat-mitzvah Fri, 20 Mar 2020 02:15:22 GMT
Matt's Phillies Mitzvah Celebration https://www.bgmemories.com/blog/2020/3/matts-phillies-mitzvah-celebration I have had the privilege of photographing this family from 1st to 3rd sibling.  When it was finally time to capture Matt's Bar-Mitzvah, I couldn't believe how grown up they all have become - though Mom and Dad looked exactly the same :) Matt wasn't even 5 years old the first time I met him and now he is a young man. It was so great to see the family and grandparents again at the synagogue portraits. Everyone was excited to be together for the Torah portraits at Tiferet Bet Israel. The party took place at Citizens Bank Park, which we got to use as our own personal playground for photos. The rest of the night flew by and the energy from the kids to adults was electric. From the unique Philadelphia themed cake to the Phillie Phanatic showing up, this event was extra special. A huge mazel tov to Matt and his family for this wonderful simcha. As a special treat, I have included a photo of the family from the first Bat-Mitzvah I photographed for them. Enjoy!    
 

 

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brad@bgmemories.com (BGMemories) 13 2020 birthday Blue Bell Celebration Citizen Bank Park Family jewish Mazel mitzvah Philadelphia Phillies siblings Torah https://www.bgmemories.com/blog/2020/3/matts-phillies-mitzvah-celebration Fri, 13 Mar 2020 02:29:15 GMT
Leah's Bat-Mitzvah https://www.bgmemories.com/blog/2020/2/leahs-bat-mitzvah A little less then 3 years ago, I photographed Leah's sister Rachel for her Bat-Mitzvah. Leah was this little girl who loved her sister but also loved to tease her during the photo session. It is now a few years later and and I was asked back to photograph Leah. Leah has matured into a wonderful young woman. She still likes to annoy her sister but it's all in fun and you can see how strong the love is between then. Their parents have raised two fantastic young women who are going to do great things with their lives.

Leah had a beautiful day for her Bat-Mitzvah. The sun was shining bright and the weather was perfect. I heard that Leah did an amazing job at her Bat-Mitzvah ceremony. The party was so much fun and everyone was smiling the entire time. Leah had so many friends there and I don't think even the MC's and dancers could even keep up with their energy. From start to finish this family had it going on. Mazel tov to Leah and her entire family!

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brad@bgmemories.com (BGMemories) 13 2019 birthday Celebration events Family jewish Main Line Mazel mitzvah Philadelphia synagogue Torah https://www.bgmemories.com/blog/2020/2/leahs-bat-mitzvah Thu, 27 Feb 2020 21:56:28 GMT
Zach and Rachael's Phillies B'Nai Mitzvah https://www.bgmemories.com/blog/2019/12/zach-and-rachaels-phillies-b-nai-mitzvah Zach and Rachael and not your typical B'nai Mitzvah. They are not twins, but an older brother and younger sister who decided to have a shared Mitzvah ceremony and party. These siblings are so close that they felt it would be more fun to do it together as a team. In the Jewish religion, girls are allowed to have their Bat-Mitzvah at 12, this made everything work out. Rachael and Zach were great together - sure, they have "moments" like most siblings do, but the love and care they have for each other was fully on display for the entire day. The Bima shoot that morning went smoothly with both children supporting one another. You could see how ready and eager they were to share everything they have studied and learned, with their family and friends.

Later that day, we met up a Citizen Bank Park (Phillies Stadium) for the party. The immediate family showed up early, sp we got a chance to take pictures all around the park. It was a bit cold out that day but it didn't stop us from shooting some awesome photos! We had so much fun taking them that we were almost late to the actual party! Everyone was dancing and celebrating the entire night including Zach and Rachael's 101 year old great-grandmother (I actually think she partied the most, ha!). This party went to the next level when the Philly Phanatic showed up and joined right in. We all had such a great time celebrating this joyous occasion. Thank you, Jamie and Jennifer, for allowing me to capture this extra special day - I hope everyone enjoys this small visual recap. Mazel Tov Rachael & Zach!

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brad@bgmemories.com (BGMemories) 13 2019 Baseball birthday Celebration Citizen Bank Park Events Family jewish Mazel mitzvah Phanatic Philadelphia philadelphia Phillies Phillies Torah https://www.bgmemories.com/blog/2019/12/zach-and-rachaels-phillies-b-nai-mitzvah Fri, 27 Dec 2019 20:12:13 GMT
Josh C's Eagles Bar-Mitzvah https://www.bgmemories.com/blog/2019/12/josh-cs-eagles-bar-mitzvah

 Josh is the true definition of a Philadelphia Eagles fan. This young man decorated his entire Mitzvah in green with full Eagles decor, and about one month before the Bar-Mitzvah, Josh, his siblings, his Mom and I were lucky enough to spend time touring around the entire Lincoln Financial Field Stadium. It was a few days before a big game and we had full access to pretty much anywhere (as long as we didn’t step on the paint on the field!) How often to get you to play catch on a professional NFL field, hang in the locker room, check out the Super Bowl Trophy, and run out to the Eagles game start introduction?! Even with all of this, Josh and his family did not take lightly the amazing event that was his Bar-Mitzvah. I also had a lot of fun photographing the Bima/Synagogue photo shoot - the Chalal's definitely know how to have a great time and made my job seem easy! I hope you can see all of their love and joy shining through these photos. Check out the sneakers on Josh and his siblings and witness the liveliness of the party. Both kids and adults knew how to have a great time and kept the energy going from beginning to end. I absolutely adore this entire family and was honored that they  chose me to capture this joyous occasion in their lives.. Mazel Tov to Josh and his entire family.

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DJ: All Around Entertainment with MC Showtime

Party Planning: The Party Artisit with Hila Shiff

Photo-booth: Brad Gellman Photography and Video

2nd Photographer: David Yanishevsky

Pre-Shoot: Lincoln Financial Field -- Synagogue: Har Zion Temple in Penn Valley, PA -- Party: Philadelphia Marriott West


 

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brad@bgmemories.com (BGMemories) 13 2019 birthday Celebration Events Family Har Zion Temple jewish Main Line Mazel mitzvah Philadelphia Philadelphia eagles Torah https://www.bgmemories.com/blog/2019/12/josh-cs-eagles-bar-mitzvah Tue, 24 Dec 2019 02:23:54 GMT
Dean's Dave & Busters Bar-Mitzvah https://www.bgmemories.com/blog/2019/12/deans-dave-busters-bar-mitzvah Dean is awesome! From the moment I met him until the time I left the party, this kid never stopped smiling! He was always game for taking fun photos and I couldn't stop him from jumping (see below). His family is pretty terrific too. Irene and Marc were very easy going and took some suggestions from me on their party. It seems that Dean did not want a "dance" party but still wanted him and all his friends to have a great time. I suggested D&B as I've photographed there multiple times and you get a private room for dinner and all the formalities but also have the run of the entire game room. This was exactly what they wanted. The immediate family and some family friends had a fantastic lunch at the Hotel Fiesole and then all the kids met up at Dave and Busters that evening for an exciting party. This was the perfect fit to this family. Thank you "R" family for allowing me to be a part of your day and trusting me in all the ways that you did. Mazel Tov Dean!  
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brad@bgmemories.com (BGMemories) 13 2019 Celebration events Family jewish Mazel mitzvah Philadelphia Torah https://www.bgmemories.com/blog/2019/12/deans-dave-busters-bar-mitzvah Mon, 16 Dec 2019 01:30:02 GMT
Elana's Bat-Mitzvah https://www.bgmemories.com/blog/2019/12/elanas-bat-mitzvah There is something so special about photographing a Bat(or Bar)-Mitzvah where I had mine. The Beth Shalom Synagogue in Elkins Park, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, is a beautiful building that is now an historic landmark. The other cool thing is that the party was in the same place mine was. The music and outfits might've changed but the celebration and love does not! Elana and her family were so much fun, easy going and let me help them create these memories to last a life time. The amazing Blonnie Brooks photographed the reception and she told me this party did not stop! Everyone danced the entire night away! This was a very special night, in a very special place, with very special people! Enjoy!  

Reception Photography by: Blonnie Brooks http://blonnie.com/
Design/Party Plannie: Arielle Davis https://www.facebook.com/arielledavisdesigns
Food: http://bettythecaterer.com/
Music: MC Ava with https://www.ebetalent.com/

 

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brad@bgmemories.com (BGMemories) 2019 Beth Shalom Events Family jewish Mazel mitzvah Philadelphia Torah https://www.bgmemories.com/blog/2019/12/elanas-bat-mitzvah Wed, 04 Dec 2019 21:42:19 GMT
Mia's Bat-Mitzvah https://www.bgmemories.com/blog/2019/11/mias-bat-mitzvah There is something bittersweet when I photograph a family's last Mitzvah. It is great getting to know families during such an important time of their lives, but it's also a little sad when the day is over. I love that this family does not do the "typical" thing for their Mitzvahs. For the previous one, Logan and his family had the party at an overnight camp with a ropes course, basketball, gaga and much more! This time for Mia's Bat Mitzvah, they had an entire room dedicated to bounce houses - and even a mechanical bull! Everyone went on, including Mia, Logan, parents, and even grandpa. While guests enjoyed the rides, the kids and adults danced the night away. This was such a fun party from start to finish and I know that this whole family is going to remember it for years to come. Enjoy these photos and think of why you didn't have a mechanical bull at your last party?!    

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brad@bgmemories.com (BGMemories) https://www.bgmemories.com/blog/2019/11/mias-bat-mitzvah Wed, 27 Nov 2019 17:09:37 GMT
Alex's Bar-Mitzvah https://www.bgmemories.com/blog/2019/11/alexs-bar-mitzvah From the moment I saw Alex and his family for the Synagogue portraits, I knew it was going to be a great event. I loved the suit and tie that Alex wore and was impressed with how well Dad matched (I have a feeling a lot of that goes to Jennifer!:) We were lucky to have perfect weather for both the portrait session and the party day and were even able to use the changing colors of the trees to make the family stand out. The reception itself was intimate yet so full of love, and all of their happiness shines through in the photos. The Siegel's are a great family and it was my absolute pleasure to photograph Alex's Bar-Mitzvah!  

 

Location: Main Line Reform Temple

Catering:

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DJ: Hot Hot Hot 

 

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brad@bgmemories.com (BGMemories) https://www.bgmemories.com/blog/2019/11/alexs-bar-mitzvah Thu, 14 Nov 2019 18:50:18 GMT
Ella's Beach Bat-Mitzvah https://www.bgmemories.com/blog/2019/11/ellas-beach-bat-mitzvah I've been photographing events like Ella's for over 15 years now and I'm finally at the point where my friends from high school and college are having Mitzvah age kids (what!? how did that happen?!). Joy and I went to high school together and now her first child is having her Bat-Mitzvah. It's such an honor when someone you know for that long trusts you to capture her first child's most important day. I absolutely loved the beach theme and how Katie Grinnel transformed Temple Beth Hillel-Beth El in Wynewood, PA into this colorful party oasis. This was just the beginning as the Sally Mitlas and her band, and Empower Event Group Dj's brought the dance energy until the last possible minute. The whole family danced hard the entire night away, but I have to say that Ella and her dad were the real dance machines, barely ever leaving the dance floor. What a fantastic party with everyone having the best time! Enjoy the photos below and if you look closely, you might actually hear the party come alive!  Mazel tov, Ella!

Reception: Temple Beth Hillel-Beth El in Wynnewood, PA 

Band: Sally Mitlas @ https://www.mitlasproductions.com

DJ: MC Ethan Mazer with Empower Event Groups @ https://www.empowereventgroup.com

Event Planning: Katie Grinnell @ https://www.katiegrinnellevents.com

Party Design by: Hila Shiff @ https://thepartyartists.com/

 

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brad@bgmemories.com (BGMemories) 13 2019 Celebration Dance events Family jewish Main Line Mazel mitzvah Philadelphia Temple Beth Hillel Beth El Torah Wynnewood https://www.bgmemories.com/blog/2019/11/ellas-beach-bat-mitzvah Tue, 05 Nov 2019 16:52:59 GMT
Matthew's Bar-Mitzvah https://www.bgmemories.com/blog/2019/10/matthews-bar-mitzvah It is very hard to decide if it's a huge honor, intimidating or both when a photographer, who's work you think is amazing, hires you to photograph her son's Bar-Mitzvah. Alison (http://threetulipsphotography.com/....seriously check it out, she's awesome!!) decided that I should be the one to photograph her family's first Mitzvah! It's so hard to be in front of the camera when you're so used to being behind it but this was not the case. We had three amazing photo-shoots, one at the Synagogue, one at the ball park all dressed up and the final one at the party during an actual Phillies game. I've photographed at Citizen Bank Park before but this one was special. They gave us almost free reign of the park and Matt was up for it. I could've spent an entire day there but, unfortunately, we only had 1hr! We ran through that park doing so much in such a short amount of time. Matthew and family were true troopers, and the photos are a good reflection of it. I've been doing this long enough that I don't have many "firsts" anymore, but photographing a Bar-Mitzvah during the an actual Phillies game was a first. It was an amazing event and even had a few surprise guests stop by. Check out Matthew's Bar-Mitzvah photos and try not to be jealous you weren't invited :D  

 


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brad@bgmemories.com (BGMemories) 2019 birthday CBP Citizen Bank Park events family jewish Main Line Main Line Reform Temple mitzvah Philadelphia Phillies South Philadelphia torah https://www.bgmemories.com/blog/2019/10/matthews-bar-mitzvah Tue, 22 Oct 2019 03:14:02 GMT
Melanie's Bat-Mitzvah https://www.bgmemories.com/blog/2019/10/melanies-bat-mitzvah It's always a little bittersweet when I photograph the last child of a family I think the world of. I got to know this family when Seth was in my class and then when his parents hired me to photography his Bar-Mitzvah. Jump to 3 years later, Seth is about 8 feet taller (or 3 but still,it's a lot! ha!) and Melanie has matured into this amazing young adult. Getting to spend time with this family again is why I do what I do.

The theme, this time, was HGTV. I was so impressed at how hard Michelle (mom) worked to create this very unique theme. The center pieces were hand made planter boxes, with blue-prints for homes as the table covers. The best part was the string lights overhead to make this DIY mitzvah come together so well.

The party did not stop from the moment everyone entered the room until the last song. It was a fantastic night with an amazing family. I hope that the photos below capture a little bit of this special day!
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brad@bgmemories.com (BGMemories) 2019 Bala Bat-Mitzvah Cynwyd Events Family jewish Main Line Mazel mitzvah MLRT Philadelphia sparkle sneakers Torah https://www.bgmemories.com/blog/2019/10/melanies-bat-mitzvah Mon, 14 Oct 2019 01:28:39 GMT
Ethan & Emily's B'Nai Mitzvah https://www.bgmemories.com/blog/2019/9/ethan-emilys-b-nai-mitzvah I'm at the point in my career where my friends from grade school, are having kids reach their Bar/Bat-Mitzvahs. It is always a huge honor when they choose me to photograph this momentous occasion. It's so amazing to meet the children of the people I knew at the same age! I love getting to know these amazing kids from parents that I think the world of. This time it was Jared and Jen. Jared was one year a head of me in High School but I was lucky enough to call him my friend. Now, roughly 15 (*cough*).... years later, I get to photograph their kids B'Nai Mitzvah. These kids are awesome, as you are going to see in the photos below. Thank you for taking the time to share in this families simcha. 

Photos by: Brad Gellman & Bonnie Wireback

Locations: Tiferet Bet Israel Synagogue in Blue Bell, PA

Event Plan and Design by: Hila Shiff www.thepartyartists.com

Music/DJ: Josh Smilk with EBE Events & Entertainment

 

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brad@bgmemories.com (BGMemories) 2019 Bell Blue B'Nai-Mitzvah Events Family jewish light-up Sneakers Mazel mitzvah Philadelphia TBI Torah Twins https://www.bgmemories.com/blog/2019/9/ethan-emilys-b-nai-mitzvah Thu, 26 Sep 2019 04:17:28 GMT
Rachel and Darren's Wedding https://www.bgmemories.com/blog/2019/8/rachel-darren-wedding It's truly an honor when someone who you have known and consider a friend for such a long time asks you to capture her wedding day. Rachel and I met many years ago at a young professionals event and have stayed friends ever since. She is a smart, funny, warm person - the moment I met Darren, I knew she had found her perfect match! From the engagement session at Philadelphia's Magic Gardens to the wedding at the DuPont Club in Wilmington DE, Rachel and Darren appear to have known each forever. Check out this awesome couple's photos to see the love!  

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brad@bgmemories.com (BGMemories) 2018 events jewish wedding https://www.bgmemories.com/blog/2019/8/rachel-darren-wedding Fri, 16 Aug 2019 20:50:35 GMT
Addie's Bat-Mitzvah Photos https://www.bgmemories.com/blog/2018/12/addies-mitzvah-photos Sometimes a Bat-Mitzvah comes along and it reminds you how special these events are! I always consider myself very lucky to work with families during this huge milestone in their lives, but when a person like Addison (Addie for short) comes along, her energy is infectious. We had three separate photo sessions with her. The first one was around Center City Philly, the second was at the Synagogue, and the third was before the party at Material Culture. Addie's energy and smile grew at each location. To say we took a lot of photos is an understatement. She and her whole family were so much fun to work with, and we wish her a huge Mazel Tov on her Bat-Mitzvah. Enough of me going on, I'm going to let the photos of Addie and her family tell the rest of the story. Enjoy!  

 

 

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brad@bgmemories.com (BGMemories) 2018 Bar-mitzvah baseball events line main mitzvah PA philadelphia reform synagouge https://www.bgmemories.com/blog/2018/11/jake-s-bar-mitzvah-preview Fri, 09 Nov 2018 20:54:51 GMT
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brad@bgmemories.com (BGMemories) 2018 ambler bat-mitzvah event mitzvah pa https://www.bgmemories.com/blog/2018/5/alexab-preview Thu, 10 May 2018 05:19:04 GMT
Eagles Superbowl march down Broad st https://www.bgmemories.com/blog/2018/2/eagles-superbowl-march-down-broad-st What is there to say...EAGLES WON THE SUPERBOWL. One of the advantages of living so close to Broad St. is that I can just walk outside my house when events like this happen. I had my camera ready all day in prepartion of this win! My friends and I walked from Ritner St all the way up to City Hall (2.5miles) and back! The best part about it was just the joy and elation that I witnessed. Sure there were a few idiots doing idiotic thinks but for the most part, people were just out to high five and celebrate with one another. Philadelphia had to wait way to long to finally get this Trophy and how they did it is a story that no one would believe if it wasn't actually true. I was so lucky to experience it first hand and hopefully (if you weren't there) you'll get to feel some of that too. Eagles win the Super Bowl - March Down Broad St. 2-11-18

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President Obama's 2009 Inauguration (*reblog) https://www.bgmemories.com/blog/2017/1/president-obamas-2009-inaguration **This is a blog repost from January 2009**

On January 20th, 2009 Barrack Obama was sworn in as the 44th President of the United States of America. This was a historic occasion for so many reasons but mostly because of the potential this change can bring! I was beyond honored to be gifted VIP tickets to this momentous event. As I walked around the crowd that freezing cold morning, it was so amazing to see so many different people from so many different backgrounds and ethnicities! As cold as we all were, no one seemed to be bothered by it. The energy and excitement that went through the crowd was palpable. People from all over the country came to experience this Inauguration first hand. Even though the crowd stretched from the white house to way beyond the Washington Monument, there was not a single person there who didn't seem beyond excited and just happy. I look forward to what the next 4-8 years will bring and who, we as a country, will become. 

Enjoy the photos below and please don't hesitate to leave comments or contact me if you'd like to use these photos!

 

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brad@bgmemories.com (BGMemories) 2008 2009 44th President Barrack Believe History Inauguration January Obama President Presidential Washington D.C. change swearing in https://www.bgmemories.com/blog/2017/1/president-obamas-2009-inaguration Fri, 20 Jan 2017 17:37:58 GMT
Elad & Oren's City Hall Wedding https://www.bgmemories.com/blog/2016/2/elad-orens-city-hall-wedding You know you are part of a singular event when the Mayor of Philadelphia ends the ceremony with "With the power FINALLY vested in me, I now pronounce you Husband and Husband" This moment, filled with applause, laughter, and great joy was a capstone to a very special day.

My wife and I met Elad a few years ago at a friend’s party. I had no idea who he was, other than that he was a friend of a friend and from Israel. We soon started running into each other at many charity and political events I was photographing. Little did I know, this most non-pretentious man was actually the Israeli Deputy Consul General of Philadelphia.

One day in mid-November, Elad called to tell me that he was getting married and that his wedding was going to be in the beginning of the new year. Mayor Nutter had graciously volunteered to officiate the wedding, which was to be held at City Hall. He then proceeded to tell me that he had shown my work to his fiancé, Oren, and how both would be honored if I was the one to capture their wedding day. The honor was all mine! We had multiple meetings, dinners and phone calls discussing the details of the big day, but it really just came down to how much they wanted to show the love they had for each other while running around to their favorite Philadelphia landmarks! We scheduled 3 hours for photos before the ceremony and “borrowed” one of his friends to drive us around Philly. The day came, and while it was a cold one, these guys managed to keep each other warm. We had so much fun and no, UNIQLO was not my idea, ha!

The big day finally arrived, and even though Mayor Nutter was running a bit behind, the ceremony was well worth the wait! Mayor Nutter was funny, charming and personable. I was also impressed to see how all the officiants from different congregations worked so well together. The ceremony was just beautiful and it was truly an honor to be the photographer to capture the first gay wedding by a standing mayor in Philadelphia. This event was so special that even the National Museum of American Jewish History asked to display the kippahs that Elad and Oren wore.

Elad and Oren have since finished their assignment in Philadelphia and have moved back to Israel for now, but I know that Philadelphia will always hold a special place in their hearts. Enjoy the photos!

 

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brad@bgmemories.com (BGMemories) City Hall Gay Landmarks Liberty Bell Love Park Mayor Mayor Nutter Michael Nutter Philadelphia Tourists UNIQLO Wedding https://www.bgmemories.com/blog/2016/2/elad-orens-city-hall-wedding Sun, 31 Jan 2016 21:04:46 GMT
Nikki and Leighton's Wedding https://www.bgmemories.com/blog/2015/1/nikki-and-leightons-wedding \It was a lovely, bright Saturday when I met up with Nikki and Leighton for their big day. The two, who reside in North Carolina, came to the outskirts of Philadelphia to celebrate their wedding with their friends and family in the area. Continuous excitement lingered around the room as the Bride got ready with her six bridesmaids adorned in teal, and the groom prepared with his troop of groomsmen, each sporting a matching teal tie. The ceremony was held at Wayne United Methodist Church followed by a reception at the Radnor Country Club, where guests danced the night away. Nikki and Leighton's wedding was full of fun, class, and above all non-stop dancing! It was wonderful working with Philly Party Band, who brought the party to life with their set. Both Nikki and Leighton were wonderful people to work with, and I wish them the best of luck with their future. It was clear these two had a great group of family and friends to celebrate with.

 

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brad@bgmemories.com (BGMemories) https://www.bgmemories.com/blog/2015/1/nikki-and-leightons-wedding Thu, 15 Jan 2015 04:39:04 GMT
Kim & Eric's Philadelphia Wedding https://www.bgmemories.com/blog/2015/1/kim-erics-philadelphia-wedding I've had a very hard time deciding what to write about Kim & Eric for a while now. From the moment I had my first conversation with them, I knew this was going to be a crazy fun wedding. Right from the start, I was so impressed that they got me to do photos that I've done so many times but in new and creative way (ummm..jumping shots, ha!). Kim and Eric had such a beautiful wedding but were so down to earth at the same time. Their wedding was filled with so much happiness, love, and excitement that my description does not do it justice. I'm so lucky that I get to spend time with people like Kim, Eric and their family and friends at their most special of days! Enjoy! Also, A big amazing thank you to Makeup by Rachel...as always, an amazing job!

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When Two Cultures Merge to Create One Love https://www.bgmemories.com/blog/2014/3/when-two-cultures-merge-to-create-one-love I was honored to have been a part of the wedding of Abiodun and Harish in Philadelphia, it was definitely one of the most unique weddings I've ever photographed. 

Abi and Harish met at the Pennsylvania School of the Deaf, and a majority of their bridal party had also met the couple there while attending school. Abi comes from a traditional African family, while Harish was raised in a traditional Indian family. This merging of cultures led to a wedding ceremony filled with distinctive elements, and many traditions I had never seen before. The ceremony was long, including six priests, 3 signers, and several other clergy members. Each guest came up to congratulate the couple, a tradition I had never seen during a wedding ceremony. The ceremony was long, however each moment was filled with excitement, life, and love. 

As a photographer, I prefer not to make the bridal party jump unless the bride and groom want to. This couple was so enthusiastic, jumping seemed like a way to physically explain their excitement. There is nothing more fun than working with a couple who is so excited about their future together, it's bursting at the seems. From the beginning of the day, all the way to the end it was clear that this commitment was thrilling, they were off their feet with joy. 

Throughout the reception, held at the First District Plaza, there were four outfit changes. They began in traditional religious outfits for the ceremony, followed by classic American outfits for the beginning of their reception. An hour into their reception, they changed into traditional Indian attire, and shortly after changed into African attire to close out their reception. This was truly one of the most inspiring weddings I've had the opportunity to photograph. While each wedding is beautiful and unique in its own way, the combination of cultures coming together is always something extra special to witness. It was very apparent that the family and friends of this particular couple were full of love and enthusiasm for Abi and Harish. I wish them as much happiness and love as I saw and shared with them on their special day!

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brad@bgmemories.com (BGMemories) Cultural Wedding Philadelphia wedding https://www.bgmemories.com/blog/2014/3/when-two-cultures-merge-to-create-one-love Sat, 15 Mar 2014 15:35:13 GMT