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Lilly's Bat Mitzvah

I don't even know where to start for Lilly's bat mitzvah. First of all, Lilly's dad, Marty, and my husband have known each other since they were about 16. They went to the same summer camp together (shout out to Camp Airy) and Marty was my husband's CIT one summer. I've heard lots of stories that won't be repeated here, especially since Marty is now the director of Camp Airy.

I knew that Lilly loved Broadway and was a drama kid and dancer. Her theme was Broadway: the centerpieces were tributes to her favorite musicals and her sign-in board had a marquis over it, complete with her name in lights. Her mom, Pam, did a phenomenal job making the room feel warm and sophisticated while still making it clear who and what the evening was about.

One of my favorite parts of the reception is that there were none of the typical games (Coke and Pepsi, dance-offs, scavenger hunts). Instead, they had a Karaoke battle which I was unsure of at first but was a huge hit. Lilly's group did a great job but the runaway winners were "the littles". You know the little kids at every reception? The ones you're usually just trying not to step on? These kids chose Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae) for their song and the lead singer - who was probably all of 7 - *nailed* it. The kid got every word AND he was a fantastic dancer. You could see everyone's mouth dropping open and then screaming for the group when they started. In almost 10 years of photographing bar and bat mitzvahs, I've never seen a group of small kids demolish the competition like that.

One last thing? Lilly and her friends were one of the nicest groups of kids I've photographed. For real.

So congratulations to Marty, Pam and Lilly - thank you for allowing me to take part in this special day; I had a great time and I hope you enjoy this sneak peek:

Kristin Goldscher