Sofia’s Sweet Sixteen Was Something Special

When I first met Sofia, I was struck by what a bright, friendly and interesting young lady she was. I also knew that she’d look great in her Sweet Sixteen gown and tiara. I enjoyed meeting her Mom and Dad, who went out of their way to give their beautiful daughter a Sweet Sixteen party that was really something special.

I’ve photographed a lot of Sweet Sixteen parties and they are always charming and lighthearted events. This one was no exception. The party was held at The Old Tappan Manor, in Old Tappan, New Jersey.

This lovely venue is a great place to celebrate almost anything, from a Sweet Sixteen to a wedding to a birthday or anniversary. It’s an immaculate venue and the staff members at The Old Tappan Manor are very caring and dedicated. The beautiful party rooms and other parts of the Manor provided me with some amazing backdrops for candid shots and portrait photography.

To create a perfect visual storybook of the big day, I captured Sofia and her family and friends before, during and after the event. I find that this approach is the best way to capture a lot of different moods, expressions and backgrounds.

It also gives the family the opportunity to look back on the whole day, from the fun and chaos of getting ready to the party itself to the hugs, kisses and goodbyes afterwards.

I was really pleased with how well the pictures came out and I hope that Sofia and her Mom and Dad were, too.

The love and care that Sofia’s family put into this party inspired me. It’s heartwarming when Moms and Dads make Sweet Sixteen celebrations a top priority.

How the Day Began

To begin my pictorial of Sofia’s special birthday event, I captured the Old Tappan Manor from the outside. It’s a beautiful building with a brick façade and manicured grounds.

Then, I moved inside of the venue and was dazzled by its elegant interior. I photographed place cards for the guests, party balloons in a rainbow-riot of pretty colors and crystal chandeliers that glittered with diamond-like brilliance in the foyer and the stunning party room.

The party room was decked out with so many wonderful details, including the cutest portrait of Sofia as a little girl.

Polished marble floors, gilded crown molding and vaulted ceilings give this venue’s party room so much style and elegance.

After capturing the room before the guests arrived, it was time to do some portraits of the birthday girl and her family. A bit later, when the party was in high swing, I’d get some great shots of Sofia with her friends.

Sofia looked wonderful in her cream-colored party dress. It featured a fitted bodice with gold embellishments. She wore a delicate tiara over her long, brown hair. This outfit was perfect for a teen of her age and she wore it so well.

One of my favorite portraits was a picture of Sofia and her mother and father. I took the shot outside of the venue to make the most of natural light. Everyone was smiling and it’s just adorable.

Mom wore a chic black outfit and Dad was dapper in a dark suit.

Once the party started, I took some shots of the delectable buffet, which featured almost everything that party guests crave, from fresh fruit to gourmet olives to pasta to juicy steak and beyond. I also took a shot of Sofia’s lovely yellow birthday cake, before it was devoured by hungry attendees.

Happy Sweet Sixteen, Sofia

Sofia, you looked exquisite on your big day. Mom and Dad, thanks for letting me share this important moment in your daughter’s life and your own lives. You have a beautiful family.