Wow! What a thrill to be part of Eliza's Bat Mitzvah! We started the evening with portraits of Eliza and family group shots at the Redondo Beach Hotel. The sun was setting so we were very fortunate to capture some beautiful light during blue hour. Afterwards, we headed across the street to the Cheesecake Factory which has a large party room / ballroom upstairs. During the Bat Mitzvah, we met so many wonderful people including Eliza's good friends and extended family. Michele and Jeremy, Eliza's parents, made us feel like one of the family. So kind! As photographers, we are extremely blessed to be invited into these milestone events with family and friends. The Bat Mitzvah started with a casual meet and greet with a fun photo booth and hors d'oeuvres. Then, in grandiose style, DJ announced the family and kicked off the hora (dancing!) including an amazing celebratory chair raising with Eliza, her sister Abby, Michele and Jeremy. With the entire party dancing around them, it was a sight to see! Following the breaking of the challah bread, a prayer, and a few words from Jeremy, a full meal was served. The DJ and his fantastic high energy team got the dance floor stated again with a fun musical-chairs /scavenger hunt style game for the kids. What a party! So honored to part of it. Best of wishes and CONGRATS! to Eliza.