Hunt Valley Mansion Bat Mitzvah: Ashley

Posted on Feb 10, 2014 in Bat-Mitzvah | No Comments

Phew, this is a blog I’ve been dying to post for weeks now, but all of the snow has kept me behind! It seems fitting though, as Ashley’s Bat Mitzvah seemed to kick off this winter’s MO. I’m not sure if you remember, but on December 8th, the Baltimore/Hunt Valley area was pounded with snow and freezing rain… Just in time for Ashley’s “New York style, Dylan’s Candy Bar” Bat Mitzvah at the Hunt Valley Mansion in Hunt Valley, MD! It certainly didn’t stop Ashley and all of her friends and family from coming out to celebrate Ashley. A little freezing rain wasn’t going to dampen this party!

I’m also glad that I was able to meet up with Ashley and her family BEFORE December, so that we could get some nice family portraits outside. It turned out to be the perfect plan so that we could capture her amazing dress with a stunning background! I shared some of my favorites from Ashley’s portrait session last year, but here are a few of my favorites…

Jennifer_Smutek_Photography-101Jennifer_Smutek_Photography-102I just LOVE Ashley’s invitations! And check out all of the snow and freezing rain coming down at the Hunt Valley Mansion

Jennifer_Smutek_Photography-103Since the weather reports were calling for such harsh, dangerous weather, the evening started out very intimate, with Ashley’s closest friends and family in attendance.

Jennifer_Smutek_Photography-104I was lucky enough to be able to photograph the actual ceremony… a first for me! It may have been freezing cold outside, but inside was filled with all of the warmth, joy and love in the world

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Jennifer_Smutek_Photography-124Jennifer_Smutek_Photography-126So, now the question is… Who had more fun… the kids or the parents????

Jennifer_Smutek_Photography-125Jennifer_Smutek_Photography-127Jennifer_Smutek_Photography-128Jennifer_Smutek_Photography-129Ashley’s dad, Stu, had some pretty amazing moves… Move over MJ!

Jennifer_Smutek_Photography-130Ashley’s grandpa and Mom rocked the floor as well!

Jennifer_Smutek_Photography-131Jennifer_Smutek_Photography-132All of the dancing was fun, but nothing was sweeter than seeing Ashley and her friends come together at the end of the night! I had so much fun working with Ashley and her family and I can’t wait to see the video from Derek Fowler Productions!


Venue: Hunt Valley Mansion

Photographer: Jennifer Smutek Photography

Videography: Derek Fowler Productions

Green Screen and Graffiti Wall: Limelight Entertainment Group

Entertainment: Washington Talent – DJ Styles

Decorations: R&R Events

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