When Rachael started planning her daughter Rylan’s Bat Mitzvah, she hadn’t realized that November is peak wedding season in the Tampa Bay area. This made it increasingly difficult to find a venue with availability on a Saturday night.
The moment Rylan and her parents walked into the Armature Works Theatre, they knew that this was where they wanted to celebrate Ryland’s special day. “We fell in love with the rustic feel – the brick walls, the wooden beams, and the view of the river. We were sold.”
The Theatre had availability for a Sunday daytime event, which turned out to be a blessing in disguise. “The base fee for the room rental was less, we knew the bar bill would likely be lower, and as we spoke to more vendors, most of them charged less for a Sunday than they would for a Saturday night.”
Rylan was set on the color pink, so she and her mom came up with a theme based on her name. This is how Rylandia – a happy destination full of pink, gold and glitter – was born. They did a lot of research on Pinterest and Etsy, and Rylan’s grandmother who is a retired art teacher, was happy to craft anything and everything they had envisioned, including a really fun backdrop for pictures.
“We wanted the room to pop with color, to bring our guests’ eyes up to see the beautiful beams on the ceiling, and to make everyone feel happy when they walked inside.”
Rylan and her friends enjoyed brunch, specialty mocktails, and dancing under paper lanterns, pink flower balls, and string lights. This Tampa bat mitzvah was rocking!
“The best part of the day was that every time I looked at my daughter, she was smiling and having a wonderful time.”
Photos: Robin Reiss Photography
Venue: Armature Works Theatre
Catering: Good Food Events & Catering
DJ: Events Done Right (DJ Ed Grube)