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This month is a month of Bar Mitzvah for me, I have a total of five bar mitzvah ceremonies and parties to shoot. The first one is James ‘s on last Sunday. I am so happy to see Fiona ‘s family again, I love them so much !!!

The theme of the evening was "Fire and Crystal", the whole ballroom of AMC was partitioned into two areas – "Fire" and "Crystal". When I asked Fiona who is the decoration company, I was so surprised when she told me that she didn’t hire any decoration or event company and she designed all by herself — amazing !!!!!

the celebration — James and Father dancing on the table !!!! So excited !!!!
It was lucky that I could capture this pic — once they started to do that, you ‘d be in the middle of the crowd and you couldn’t move at all. The tricks are "anticipation" and a little bit of "luck".
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Let me introduce — the Walton family
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"Fire" — the cocktail . The whole area was in red
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Looking from outside, fire and volcano movies ‘re projected on the "big" screen
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the "crystal" area — everything was in white
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James and his best friends !!
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watch out !!!!  We had real fire to play !!!!
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the opening of the dinner !!
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James ‘s brother — Robert was the mc of the night
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speech from the father
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Look at James!!!!
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the two brothers
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Wow !!!!
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Fiona and her sister & mother
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James ‘s speech — one of the best bar mitzvah ‘s boy speech !!!! And he even offered an open question session for all the guests
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James ‘s playing his favorite musical instrument — human beatbox !!!
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a band by James ‘s  best friends
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James listening to the band.
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Going to Fiona ‘s party, she never ever disappointed you at the dessert time
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Let’s dance and sing !!!
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special dance
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Look at me, James !!!
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the mother and son
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a happy moment!!!
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a family time
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46 Comments

  1. Steven says:

    Simon,
    Just sensational!  As usual, your ability to capture the “moment” is fantastic. You are such fun to work with, and it is no surprise that you win award after award…  We can not wait to see the full set of photos
    Brilliant job Simon
    Fiona & Steven x

  2. Steven says:

    Simon,
    Just sensational!  As usual, your ability to capture the “moment” is fantastic. You are such fun to work with, and it is no surprise that you win award after award…  We can not wait to see the full set of photos
    Brilliant job Simon
    Fiona & Steven x

  3. Louis Wober says:

    Hi,
     Fiona & Steven
                              Wonderful pictures everybody seems to be having a great time,sorry to have had to miss this great event.
    Love to all 
    Jacqui & Louis
     

  4. Louis Wober says:

    Hi,
     Fiona & Steven
                              Wonderful pictures everybody seems to be having a great time,sorry to have had to miss this great event.
    Love to all 
    Jacqui & Louis
     

  5. lloyd pinder says:

    hi Fiona and Steven
    Looks like we missed out on another great bash!! lots of happy faces etc
    in HK next month – would love to see you both and get all the barmy detail
    lots
    lloyd and lisa
    ps steven, you must tell where you got that jacket!! 

  6. lloyd pinder says:

    hi Fiona and Steven
    Looks like we missed out on another great bash!! lots of happy faces etc
    in HK next month – would love to see you both and get all the barmy detail
    lots
    lloyd and lisa
    ps steven, you must tell where you got that jacket!! 

  7. Sandra & Neville says:

    We are so pleased that we were with you to celebrate.
    The weekend was brilliant. Thank you for being wonderfull hosts.
    Love to all.
    Sandra & Neville

  8. Sandra & Neville says:

    We are so pleased that we were with you to celebrate.
    The weekend was brilliant. Thank you for being wonderfull hosts.
    Love to all.
    Sandra & Neville

  9. Rosy says:

    Hi Fiona,
    Lovely pictures n what  a party, wish you had one more son…..

  10. Rosy says:

    Hi Fiona,
    Lovely pictures n what  a party, wish you had one more son…..

  11. daisy and gerald says:

    wonderful photos so sorry to have missed this wonderful simcha hope you get great pleasure from your handsome boys much love from us both xxxxxxxxx

  12. daisy and gerald says:

    wonderful photos so sorry to have missed this wonderful simcha hope you get great pleasure from your handsome boys much love from us both xxxxxxxxx

  13. evelyn and jack says:

    Hi Steven and Fiona,
    thanks for the photos, looks like you had a wonderful affair, so sorry we could not be with you,
    love
     Evelyn and Jack

  14. evelyn and jack says:

    Hi Steven and Fiona,
    thanks for the photos, looks like you had a wonderful affair, so sorry we could not be with you,
    love
     Evelyn and Jack

  15. Nicola Becker says:

    Holy Smokes;
    Now……..that’s a Proper Bash!!  It looked amazing, as did you all.
    We’re sorry we missed it;
    With Love, Nicola & Joe

  16. Nicola Becker says:

    Holy Smokes;
    Now……..that’s a Proper Bash!!  It looked amazing, as did you all.
    We’re sorry we missed it;
    With Love, Nicola & Joe

  17. Sara and John says:

    Dear Fiona and Steven
    Looks like you pulled off another fab do with great atmosphere and ambience. so sorry to have missed it. Looked as glam as ever. All the best and mazel tov xxx

  18. Sara and John says:

    Dear Fiona and Steven
    Looks like you pulled off another fab do with great atmosphere and ambience. so sorry to have missed it. Looked as glam as ever. All the best and mazel tov xxx

  19. Natalie Allen says:

    Wow, wow and wow! We are so sorry we couldn’t make it to this sensational celebration. Looks like you all had an incredible time.
    Lots of Love
    Nat & Rick
    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  20. Natalie Allen says:

    Wow, wow and wow! We are so sorry we couldn’t make it to this sensational celebration. Looks like you all had an incredible time.
    Lots of Love
    Nat & Rick
    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  21. Sharon and Martin says:

    Hi Fiona and Steven
    Fabulous pictures of a sensational weekend.  So glad that we were able to join you in celebrating James’s Barmitzvah.  You have wonderful sons to be so proud of. 
    Fondest love  Sharon and Martin xxx

  22. Sharon and Martin says:

    Hi Fiona and Steven
    Fabulous pictures of a sensational weekend.  So glad that we were able to join you in celebrating James’s Barmitzvah.  You have wonderful sons to be so proud of. 
    Fondest love  Sharon and Martin xxx

  23. david and carole says:

    what a wonderful bar mitzvah we have enjoyed being with you at both bar mitzvah’s the photos are a fantastic record of the occasion. thank you to  our walton cousins in hong kong for all your efforts and hospitality love david and carole

  24. david and carole says:

    what a wonderful bar mitzvah we have enjoyed being with you at both bar mitzvah’s the photos are a fantastic record of the occasion. thank you to  our walton cousins in hong kong for all your efforts and hospitality love david and carole

  25. Walter Wilhelm says:

    James, what a wonderful event with a lifetime of memories. 
    Fiona and Steven, as always, you have made this time worldclass for one of your sons.  Congratulations and fondest regards,
    Walter, Beverly, Stephanie, Taylor and Noble 

  26. Walter Wilhelm says:

    James, what a wonderful event with a lifetime of memories. 
    Fiona and Steven, as always, you have made this time worldclass for one of your sons.  Congratulations and fondest regards,
    Walter, Beverly, Stephanie, Taylor and Noble 

  27. antony and sharman mistofsky says:

    looked an amazing  celebration,so sorry we could not have been there with you and the rest of the family-hopefully there will be another simcha at some time in the future!!! lots of love xxxxxxxxxxxx

  28. antony and sharman mistofsky says:

    looked an amazing  celebration,so sorry we could not have been there with you and the rest of the family-hopefully there will be another simcha at some time in the future!!! lots of love xxxxxxxxxxxx

  29. Hi Fi, Steve, Rob & James
    What amazing photos!  So sorry we were unable to make what looked like a fab party.  A hearty mazel tov to you all – Fi – you look fab, as for your boys just gorgeous and Steve scrubbed up well too!!!!
     Love to your mum xx
    All our love, Nettie, Michael, Carly & Lauren xxx

  30. Hi Fi, Steve, Rob & James
    What amazing photos!  So sorry we were unable to make what looked like a fab party.  A hearty mazel tov to you all – Fi – you look fab, as for your boys just gorgeous and Steve scrubbed up well too!!!!
     Love to your mum xx
    All our love, Nettie, Michael, Carly & Lauren xxx

  31. Nicky Swarbrick says:

    Dear Fiona & Steve
    I think I was gardening in the pouring rain whilst you were partying!  How sad is that…?   I truly know where I would have rather been.  What incredible photos.  The Waltons certainly know how to throw a unique party.  As always, you looked stunning Fiona and you both must be so proud of the boys. 
    I’m so sorry that I missed your special night.  Hopefully we’ll catch up in HK next week.  See you soon.
    Much Love
    Nicky xxx

  32. Nicky Swarbrick says:

    Dear Fiona & Steve
    I think I was gardening in the pouring rain whilst you were partying!  How sad is that…?   I truly know where I would have rather been.  What incredible photos.  The Waltons certainly know how to throw a unique party.  As always, you looked stunning Fiona and you both must be so proud of the boys. 
    I’m so sorry that I missed your special night.  Hopefully we’ll catch up in HK next week.  See you soon.
    Much Love
    Nicky xxx

  33. Roanna says:

    Hi Steven, Fiona, Robert & James, Thanks for the link! Photos look fab…from what Mum & Dad said it sounded fab too! Mazeltov, hope you’re all well, Roanna xxxx

  34. Roanna says:

    Hi Steven, Fiona, Robert & James, Thanks for the link! Photos look fab…from what Mum & Dad said it sounded fab too! Mazeltov, hope you’re all well, Roanna xxxx

  35. Sarah-Lou & Simon says:

    Darling Fiona, Steven, James and Robert (had to put James before Rob today!)
    The photos are wonderful, showing that you managed to have a great time even though we couldn’t be there with you!!
     You know we were so dissappointed that we couldn’t join you this time, but we’re thrilled to see that the party clearly went as brilliantly well as Rob’s Barmitzvah.  No surprise really, knowing how fab you are at organising such events Fiona.
    James, we know you realise how lucky you are to have such an amazing family. We hope you had an fantastic time at your Barmitzvah – Mazeltov to you.
     We can’t wait to catch up with you all properly over a glass, or two, of vino in Marbella.
     Lots of love,
    Sarah-Lou & Simon (with Ben, Sam, Zak & Beth)

  36. Sarah-Lou & Simon says:

    Darling Fiona, Steven, James and Robert (had to put James before Rob today!)
    The photos are wonderful, showing that you managed to have a great time even though we couldn’t be there with you!!
     You know we were so dissappointed that we couldn’t join you this time, but we’re thrilled to see that the party clearly went as brilliantly well as Rob’s Barmitzvah.  No surprise really, knowing how fab you are at organising such events Fiona.
    James, we know you realise how lucky you are to have such an amazing family. We hope you had an fantastic time at your Barmitzvah – Mazeltov to you.
     We can’t wait to catch up with you all properly over a glass, or two, of vino in Marbella.
     Lots of love,
    Sarah-Lou & Simon (with Ben, Sam, Zak & Beth)

  37. nadia joseph says:

    Dear Fi Steven, Robert and James
    What truly incredible photos and no doubt just a taster of what is too come.  Cant wait to see the rest.  You all look incredible and mum dad have been raving what a truly fab time they had with you all.  Where have your little boys gone just men in the family now Fi even more of them too take good care of you.  Cant wait to see you here in July and again in MArbella in the summer.
    Lots of special love
    Nadia, yos and Alfie

  38. nadia joseph says:

    Dear Fi Steven, Robert and James
    What truly incredible photos and no doubt just a taster of what is too come.  Cant wait to see the rest.  You all look incredible and mum dad have been raving what a truly fab time they had with you all.  Where have your little boys gone just men in the family now Fi even more of them too take good care of you.  Cant wait to see you here in July and again in MArbella in the summer.
    Lots of special love
    Nadia, yos and Alfie

  39. Fi Jordan says:

    Fi, Steve, Rob, James,
    FORMIDABLE !!
     Incredible photos of an incredible celebration. So sad and disappointed that our mad life got in the way of joining you at James’s barmy.
     Mazeltof James – good to see you are serious competition on the handsome front for big bro Rob !!
    Fi – dress soooo pretty. Well done all.
     Cant wait to catch up soon.
    all love Fi, Phil, Anna, Eddie xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  40. Fi Jordan says:

    Fi, Steve, Rob, James,
    FORMIDABLE !!
     Incredible photos of an incredible celebration. So sad and disappointed that our mad life got in the way of joining you at James’s barmy.
     Mazeltof James – good to see you are serious competition on the handsome front for big bro Rob !!
    Fi – dress soooo pretty. Well done all.
     Cant wait to catch up soon.
    all love Fi, Phil, Anna, Eddie xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  41. Maria Tree says:

    Dear Fiona and Steven, and Robert and James,
    Congratulations on one of the best parties we have been too, other than of course, Robert’s Bartmitzvah!!!  The food, the ambience, everything was perfect and of course the MC and James and his buddies were phenomenal.  Funny how a mundane lamaze class can bring us together and connect us in such great friendship.  It has been a pleasure to watch your boys grow from babies to great young men with wonderful and different personalities. We shall aways remember the heart warming love and happiness we shared with you as a family during that special evening. 
    Love aways, Maria

  42. Maria Tree says:

    Dear Fiona and Steven, and Robert and James,
    Congratulations on one of the best parties we have been too, other than of course, Robert’s Bartmitzvah!!!  The food, the ambience, everything was perfect and of course the MC and James and his buddies were phenomenal.  Funny how a mundane lamaze class can bring us together and connect us in such great friendship.  It has been a pleasure to watch your boys grow from babies to great young men with wonderful and different personalities. We shall aways remember the heart warming love and happiness we shared with you as a family during that special evening. 
    Love aways, Maria

  43. darcy koch says:

    I thought your Barmitzvah photos were rockin and I really enjoyed the actual event so great to have such cool cousins cant wait to rock with you again in spain in the summer !!
    Love you coolest cousin
    Darcy

  44. darcy koch says:

    I thought your Barmitzvah photos were rockin and I really enjoyed the actual event so great to have such cool cousins cant wait to rock with you again in spain in the summer !!
    Love you coolest cousin
    Darcy

  45. Emmy says:

    Stunning photos Simon, of the decor and the people! The vibrant mood was captured perfectly!!
    Fiona, I know you designed the decor yourself, but would you be able to tell me which production company you used to create such a spectacular setting?
    very best,
    Emily

  46. Emmy says:

    Stunning photos Simon, of the decor and the people! The vibrant mood was captured perfectly!!
    Fiona, I know you designed the decor yourself, but would you be able to tell me which production company you used to create such a spectacular setting?
    very best,
    Emily