I continue to be blown away by the process of pre-teen becoming a Bar or Bat Mitzvah. The weeks of extra classes, homework, language and life skills is rigorous, but they always come out on the other side this incredible, maturing young adult. Anna is no different.
She was quite possibly the sweetest most innocent little beauty I'd ever met when we originally began planning her big day, and just a few short weeks later she was standing confidently in front of her family and peers not just reciting what she'd learned, but teaching. She gained a wisdom and confidence in her lessons that made her stronger.
I'm hardly surprised though, Her Rabbi is incredible. When we were practicing the rehearsal at Kehillah Synagogue Rabbi Jen said, "Don't be afraid of losing your place or stumbling over the words. We are all here right beside you to help you through if you do. In fact, I'd rather you make a mistake to show you that it's ok and you will survive. Those who manage to go through it perfectly the first time don't get the life lesson of standing back up after they've fallen."
What incredible advice. Don't fear mistakes, but expect them and be excited about the wisdom you'll glean from them.
The vendors who made the day possible:
Photography: Cynthia Viola Photography
Ceremony Venue: Kehillah Synagogue, Chapel Hill
Reception Venue: Carolina Inn, Chapel Hill
Coordinator: Tiffany with The Details Events, Raleigh
Entertainment: Elevate Motivational Dancers
Flowers: Alicia with Floral Expressions
Uplighting: DJ Rang
Favors: Miel Bon Bons, Durham
Balloons and Centerpieces: Balloons and Tunes