Milestone Images owner and photographer Angela Gaul recently photographed a very unique Bohemian-inspired Bat Mitzvah that we couldn’t wait to share.
The beautiful venue was the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center in the foothills of the southern Berkshires in Falls Village, Connecticut. During the fun-filled weekend of June 18-June 19, 2016 guests of the Wallace family were invited to share in the Bat Mitzvah service of daughter Georgia and enjoy many amazing activities. By incorporating vintage touches and nature-inspired accents, the atmosphere was gorgeous, warm and inviting with a relaxed vibe.
Take a look below at this fun and festive celebration.
Bat Mitzvah Style
The Wallace family ready for Georgia's Bat Mitzvah service
Everyone wore white for Friday night services
The all-white attire looked beautiful for Friday Night services
Bat Mitzvah girl Georgia's bike had it's own style
What great jackets!
Bat Mitzvah Service
Chairs were set up on the dock surrounded by the natural beauty of the lake and Berkshire Mountains.
The beautiful service was held lakefront
The Bimah draped in a colorful embroidered tapestry from India which Mom Hillary picked out on her last trip to India specifically to use for Georgia's Bat Mitzvah
Georgia reciting her prayers
Custom service programs beautifully displayed
Circles of Life Seed Paper Kippot. When exposed to soil and water, it becomes a beautiful flower
The fun-filled weekend started as soon as guests arrived by bus to the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center with so much to offer.
Guests getting of the bus to start their weekend
Each guests received a welcome bag filled with goodies and a schedule of events
Guests could participate in a yoga clss
Enjoy a canoe on the lake
Read a book on a comfy hammock
Learn how to feed farm animals
...And make challah
Decor/Music/Candle Lighting/More Fun
Zak Events worked closely with Mom (and Interior Designer) Hillary Simon Wallace on the bohemian-chic style decor.
This spectacular decor combined boho chic and sophistication with the use of unique patterns and textures in a rainbow of hues
Eclectic furniture set-up created a chic and comfy ambiance
Fabrics used for ceiling treatments and colorful lanterns added a touch of whimsy for a truly one-of-a-kind atmosphere
Tree branches held the place cards
The music from Dark Side of the Hudson was great and played a lot of Pink Floyd Beatles music during the cocktail hour
The Bat Mitzvah girl making her entrance
Fun photo booth prop reminiscence of Woodstock
Eclectic colored candle stick holders and flowers were used for the candle lighting
Flower candle votives were also used
Georgia with her parents during the special candle lighting moment
Late Night Fun
The camp fire after the party also had an outdoor movie screen as well as a s’mores/candy bar available for both areas.
Of course there had to be s'mores at the end of the evening
Guests enjoying a campfire, outdoor movie screen and candy bar
We want to thank Angela Gaul and the Wallace Family for sharing this wonderful Bat MItzvah with our readers.
Photographer: Angela Gaul, Milestone Images; Venue: Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center; Decor/Party Planners: Zak Events; Kippot: Circles of Life; Cocktail Hour Band: Dark Side of the Hudson