Monday, March 10, 2014

Temple Beth-El Tribute Dinner- Tacoma Family and Event Photographer

Last weekend I had the great pleasure to shoot Temple Beth-El's bi-annual tribute dinner at the Landmark Convention Center in Tacoma.  I'd never been to the Landmark before, but I'd seen images from weddings and other events.  It's a beautiful old building in downtown Tacoma, perfect for an event like this tribute dinner or the weddings it's used for all the time.  This time I was in the Gothic Ballroom, which managed to hold 300 members of the temple, plus the families of the honorees.

Th evening started off with a blessing and welcome from Rabbi Kadden and the Sisterhood president, Sarah, followed by a prayer from the son of one of the honorees.  

After dinner the speeches and entertainment started.  We got to hear from the children of the honorees, and some absolutely hilarious stories from the honorees themselves.  Then Sarah played a version of The Newlywed Game to see how well these couples knew each other after so many years together.  Luckily, they got almost all the answers right!  

The Levines

Jim Friedman and Lin Spellman

The Haas's

The Newlywed Game

Sarah kept us running right on time.  The evening ended with Cantor Elstein leading the group in Mazal Tov, accompanied by the ukelele.  Apparently the uke came from a somewhat disastrous hula performance at a previous tribute dinner.  :)  

Thanks again to the Haas, Friedman-Spellman and Levine families.  You absolutely deserved this evening!  And a big thanks to everyone who organized it!  

If you want to see more photos from the evening, check out my Facebook page, or the full gallery.