As a story teller, Todd Shapera Photography captures a child’s inner beauty and close family connections with relaxed, lifestyle images, and beautiful lighting. He is a calm, unobtrusive artist.
He was the photographer for this Yankees-themed Bar Mitzvah.
We spoke to Mom Jen to get more information about Ryan’s celebration. She told Mitzvah Market, “We are a crazy Yankees family. We have season tickets and the boys have gone to literally hundreds of games in their lifetimes and met a lot of players. Ryan has been a Derek Jeter fan since he was about 3 years old and there was not even a question that his Bar Mitzvah was going to be all Yankees, all baseball. That is just Ryan to a tee. So that’s why we went a bit crazy with the outfits and the detailed decorations.”
You will see below what Jen is talking about!
Ryan celebrated his Bar Mitzvah in October 2013 at the Scarsdale Synagogue Temple Tremont Emanu-El and an evening party at the Scarsdale Golf Club in Hartsdale, New York
Ryan and his brother Gavin wore suits designed by their Dad Rich. He works for a company that manufactures men’s tailored clothing. He also went online and found all the patches he wanted to use. Gavin’s patch was the 2003 World Series (the year he was born) and the 97 on his back is because that is the number he wears in baseball
Of course baseball themed centerpieces were around the room. Jen also tells us, “If the Yankees actually made it to the World Series I think we would have needed TVs on all the tables at the party! Sadly, they were already out of the series by the night of the party, which did make things easier!”
Sherrie Goldstein of Logos and More created Ryan’s logo that was used throughout his celebration and she also created the place card “tickets” that the adults picked up at the door when they arrived, as well as the VIP passes the kids wore around their necks
Double G Productions provided the music entertainment with Flip as their MC. Both boys have a large collection of Yankees bobble heads so when Richie was able to borrow these large bobble heads to place near the photo booth area, it was perfect!
Ryan’s favorite player is Derek Jeter so his suit had the number two on the back, and on his sleeve was the patch when the Yankees won the 2000 World Series – the year Ryan was born
Dad Rich’s suit had the patch from Rivera’s last game and 42 was in honor of Rivera, who is a personal friend
This amazing cake was from Lulu’s in Scarsdale
The family brought them a photo of a cake they found online and they designed one just like it!
Ryan and his Mom share a special dance
The favors were ordered online and displayed for Ryan’s friends in his “souvenir shop.”
We thank Todd Shapera Photography and Ryan’s family for sharing this celebration with our readers!