Executive producer Michael Cerbelli of Cerbelli Creative was asked to create an epic; larger-than-life, one-of-a-kind experience for bar mitzvah boy Brandon and all his guests at the Barclays Center.
The family commissioned a 12-month creation of a brand-new Torah created by hand in Israel, which became the centerpiece of the entire event.
The music featured Max Weinberg and his Rock and Soul band together with Jerry Korman for a sweeping orchestral movement.
The event team includes:
Gourmet Advisory Services
Carolyn Dempsey Design
Michael Jurick Photography
Jerry Korman Service Band
Joel Cohen and Rebecca Keren/Door to Door Tutoring
Alpine Creative Group
Bar Mitzvah Bouncer
Artist Brian Olsen painted a Brooklyn portrait of Brandon during the service, adding another layer to the religious experience.
The party kicked into high gear when the Nets Beats led a drum line processional from the Barclays Atrium to the 40/40 Club and the Calvin Klein lounge.
Also on the team:
Max Weinberg and his Rock N Soul Band
Nets Beats (Drumline)
Ice Beat Factory
DJ Roonie G
Party Painters Time Stoppers
Amusements and Rides by EJ Dean
Cirque Mechanics/Gantry Trikes
Party Painter Heidi Schwartz
Party Painter Brian Olsen
The One Sushi
Brooklyn Four & Twenty
The Barclays Center's Calvin Klein Club
Kids are allowed to shoot hoops on the Brooklyn Nets practice court.
Adults are treated to an Ice Beat Factory performance of chainsaw-wielding ice sculpture artists.
Brandon's initials were the inspiration for the clever swag slogans--such as B STRONG, B LEGENDARY, B READY.
Massive amusement park rides "Freak Out" and "Seven Seas" are set up for guests to enjoy.
A view of the Seven Seas.
For his grand entrance, Brandon shocked everyone by rappelling from the rafters to kick off a monster hora.
The legendary Aaron Neville sang "The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face" for Brandon and his mother's honor dance.
Various Coney Island games were set up around the event, including Derby Cars.
Levy Restaurants leant a helping hand in creating spectacular eats.
The fully stocked bar for the adults plus mocktails for the kids features nods to Brooklyn.
Kids indulge in a full candy bar from Sugar Factory.
Guests enjoy iconic Nathan's famous hot dogs and fries.
Famed Carolyn Dempsey Design oversees floral.
The entire event is themed to "Bigger Than Brooklyn."
Drones capture every second of the action.
Everyone receives a Clickie selfie remote.
Big pictures of Brandon are set up in the lobby where guests could take selfies.
For the ceremony, menu wore branded "B" yarmulkes.
The ultimate surprise guest: Pitbull takes the stage and has all the guests on their feet dancing to his hits including "Fireball."
Confetti bursts from the sky to shower guests at the end of the night.
For clients who wanted a "larger than life" experience at their son's bar mitzvah, the team at Michael Cerbelli's Cerbelli Creative delivers--big time--with the "Bigger than Brooklyn" mitzvah.
Photos by Michael Jurick Photography.
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