A young girl stands before her 13 candles at her Bat Mitzvah reception after having the ceremony at Temple Shir Tikvah in Winchester. The Hillview Country club in North Reading provided the space and the atmosphere for a wonderful party. As someone who photographed weddings and bat mitzvahs, the decor can really make an event. Here Sydney chose a beach theme and had blue balloons and silver mylar balloons that spelled out her name. She had white floating candles for her candle ceremony. The Candle Ceremony typically has 13 candles and one more for good luck, or in memory of someone. The ceremony is used to show people how important they are to you. Most of the time the first candle is lit in remembrance of those who we have lost.