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2016 | A Bahamas Bar Mitzvah – Lyford Cay and Old Fort Bay Club

Bahamas Photographer: Heather Carey Photography
Bar Mitzvah Venue: Old Fort Bay Club, Bahamas
Bar Mitzvah Celebration Venue: The Yacht Club at Lyford Cay Marina, Bahamas
Light & Sound: Spectrum Light & Sound, Nassau, Bahamas

While the Bahamas Jewish community is very small, this is my 2nd Bar Mitzvah – well, my first was actually a Bat Mitzvah at the One & Only Ocean Club – and I have also had the privilege of photographing a few Jewish weddings. I always enjoy myself and come away moved by the ceremonies and the words of the Rabii. This Bar Mitzvah was especially touching not only because many friends and acquaintances of mine were there to witness but also because of the beautiful words spoken by the Rabii not only during the ceremony, as he explained many of the elements in English to the guests who were unfamiliar, but also his “closing” and personal remarks to those in attendance. Unlike the weddings that I photograph, however, there were no tears and instead lots of lighthearted moments and laughter.

Both the Old Fort Bay Club and the Lyford Cay Club did amazing work in their decor of the venues creating both atmospheres of intimacy as well as spaces for gettin’ on down and having a blast. With a photo booth for the kids, a DJ from NYC for everyone, and a guest list of some of the most energetic folk I’ve ever seen, this celebration of coming of age went on long after this photographer was in bed….

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