Eli's Bar Mitzvah at Congregation Micah + SIR Nashville Dance Party

Bar Mitzvah at Congregation Micah, Locklane Event Planner, Jen Bates Photography, Torah

Before becoming an event planner, I made a career in marketing. I was directing all marketing efforts at Congregation Micah, a reform synagogue in Brentwood, TN, when I started Locklane Weddings & Events. At Micah, I learned a great deal about Judaism and it deepened my respect for the religion, traditions, and history.

B'nai mitzvahs quickly became a favorite as I watched children grow in their understanding of both the Torah and the Hebrew language. They dedicated their Sundays to their studies, then later their Wednesday nights, and when they draw nearer to their day, they studied with the rabbi. I used to sit in my office and listen as they practiced their prayers and their Torah portions, in awe of their dedication.

Bar Mitzvah at Congregation Micah, Locklane Event Planner, Jen Bates Photography
Bar Mitzvah at Congregation Micah, Locklane Event Planner, Jen Bates Photography, Program
Bar Mitzvah at Congregation Micah, Locklane Event Planner, Jen Bates Photography, Lisa Silver
Bar Mitzvah at Congregation Micah, Locklane Event Planner, Jen Bates Photography, Torah, Rabbi Flip

Leslie Kirby and Craig Smith were both very involved at Micah, teaching Sunday School and volunteering often. Their son, Eli Kirith, was well prepared for his bar mitzvah through his involvement and studies. Eli was called to the Torah in August of 2015. 

I began working with Leslie just four months prior to plan Eli's celebration. Luckily, Eli was very easygoing and mostly concerned with having fun and incorporating music! Right off the bat, we hired a DJ who is known to provide fun games along with popular music, Louis Lee Entertainment. 

Our venue for the evening party was unconventional and so perfect for Nashville! We rented out rehearsal studio space at SIR Nashville, where many big name artists have dropped-in prior to going on the road. 

In addition to DJ Louis Lee, there was a graffiti wall from Spangler Entertainment, a photo booth, a candy bar, delicious food, and sodas galore! It was definitely a fun night for a 13-year-old!

Bar Mitzvah at Congregation Micah, Locklane Event Planner, Jen Bates Photography, Torah
Bar Mitzvah at Congregation Micah, Locklane Event Planner, Jen Bates Photography, Torah
Bar Mitzvah at Congregation Micah, Locklane Event Planner, Jen Bates Photography, Kirby Smith
Bar Mitzvah at Congregation Micah, Locklane Event Planner, Jen Bates Photography, Bima
Bar Mitzvah at Congregation Micah, Locklane Event Planner, Jen Bates Photography, Tzedakah Box
Bar Mitzvah at Congregation Micah, Locklane Event Planner, Jen Bates Photography, Luncheon
Bar Mitzvah at Congregation Micah, Locklane Event Planner, Jen Bates Photography, Party
Bar Mitzvah Party in Nashville, Locklane Weddings & Events, Photo by Jen Bates, Photobooth
Bar Mitzvah Party in Nashville, Locklane Event Planner, Jen Bates Photography
Bar MitzvahParty in Nashville, Locklane Event Planner, Jen Bates Photography, Graffiti Wall
Bar MitzvahParty in Nashville, Locklane Event Planner, Jen Bates Photography, DJ Louis Lee

Event Planner: Locklane Weddings & Events
Photographer: Jen Bates Photography

Bar Mitzvah and Luncheon Venue: Congregation Micah
Lunch Caterer: Hattie B's Hot Chicken
Invitations and Programs: Isaac Friedman

Evening Party Venue: SIR Nashville
Hors D'oeuvres and Catering Staff: 14 Carrot Catering
Dinner Caterer: Taco Mamacita
DJ: Louis Lee Entertainment
Rentals: Art Pancake's Party & Wedding Rental
Candy Bar: DIY, Leslie Kirby
Grafitti Wall: Spangler Entertainment
Photobooth: Generation Domination

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Timeless Wedding Inspiration at East Ivy Mansion in Nashville

Locklane Weddings & Events, Nashville Wedding, East Ivy

Timeless
adjective

  1. not affected by the passage of time or changes in fashion.

When faced with the question of what their wedding style is, brides are often at a loss for where to begin or have yet to consider the design they want. Choosing a timeless base for your design is a great way to start, whether it is timeless to you or to wedding trends in general. For example, choosing to wed at a horse farm because you grew up around horses, or choosing a historic mansion with beautiful grounds. 

New and updated styles, new technology, and new trends are all great elements to incorporate and embrace when fitting with your style, but those elements that are classic and enduring should also be embraced. 

I dug into my archives for this blog, a shoot from 2014. Because of the timeless elements, I will continue to love it for years to come. I am lucky enough to still work with all of the vendors from this shoot. It really is amazing to come together on a creative project, as well as to serve a client. 

While I typically love to work with an event stylist, this shoot I styled with my photographer, Alyssa Joy Photography. I am a bit obsessed with details and the focus was the color palette of teal, cranberry, silver, and white. The colors were pulled in from everything - the place cards, linen napkin, the bride's jewelry and shoes, the groom's suit and tie, the cake, calligraphy, etc. Some of the items are more trendy, like the teal tie, while others will endure, like the venue and the lace gown.

You can also see this shoot featured over at Wedding Chicks on their Get Inspired Blog!

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Locklane Weddings & Events, East Ivy, Nashville Wedding
Nashville Wedding, Locklane Weddings & Events, East Ivy Mansion
Locklane Weddings & Events, East Ivy, Nashville Wedding
Nashville Wedding, Locklane Weddings & Events, East Ivy Mansion
Nashville Wedding, Locklane Weddings & Events, East Ivy Mansion
Nashville Wedding, Locklane Weddings & Events, East Ivy Mansion
Nashville Wedding, Locklane Weddings & Events, East Ivy Mansion
Nashville Wedding, Locklane Weddings & Events, East Ivy Mansion
Nashville Wedding, Locklane Weddings & Events, East Ivy Mansion
Nashville Weddings, Locklane Weddings & Events, East Ivy Mansion
Nashville Wedding, Locklane Weddings & Events, East Ivy Mansion
Nashville Weddings, Locklane Weddings & Events, East Ivy Mansion
Nashville Weddings, Locklane Weddings & Events, East Ivy Mansion
Nashville Weddings, Locklane Weddings & Events, East Ivy Mansion
Nashville Weddings, Locklane Weddings & Events, East Ivy Mansion
Nashville Weddings, Locklane Weddings & Events, East Ivy Mansion

Wedding Planner: Locklane Weddings & Events
Venue: East Ivy Mansion
Photographer: Alyssa Joy Photography
Florals: Rosemary & Finch
Rentals: 12th Table
Cake: Dulce Desserts
Hair & Makeup: Lisa Wolfe, Ardon House Salon
Invitation, Paper Goods, Calligraphy: Hardink Calligraphy
Dress, Sash, Veil: The Bride Room
Linen Napkins: Graceful Tables
Shoes: Audrey Brook Edna Pump
Suit: Brooks Brothers
Tie: Calvin Klein
Earrings: SteinMart

Nashville Weddings, Locklane Weddings & Events, East Ivy Mansion
Nashville Weddings, Locklane Weddings & Events, East Ivy Mansion
Nashville Weddings, Locklane Weddings & Events, East Ivy Mansion