Brisa and her family are very special clients to me. You see, her mom Yesenia was my first actual client and believed in my little dream. She hired me long ago for Brisa’s first communion. I wanted to do something different and I created a butterfly themed communion for her along with a candy and cake table right when they were first becoming popular. In fact, her first communion was actually my first feature in a blog! I was pretty excited when I got a call from Yesenia, now six years later, to help her plan her daughters long awaited Quinceañera.
A Quinceañera is a huge deal in our Mexican culture. It’s the moment when a child becomes a woman and leaves her childhood behind. In many ways its so much like a wedding but honestly, it’s a bigger deal! Parents take years to plan and save up for this special moment. In this case, Yesenia and her husband Juan wanted to make sure everything they had planned for years (since Brisa was little) would be perfect for her.
There are many traditions with Quinceañeras that I absolutely adore and hold close to my heart. I too had a Quinceañera when I turned 15 years old. I love helping plan these special events and seeing all the traditions that are special for families!
Some of the traditions I love are the father and daughter dance which is like a wedding, except the Quinceañera’s dad puts on the teens first pair of high heels before they dance. She sits on a chair and the heels are brought to the dance floor on a pretty pillow. The dad takes off her flat shoes or sneakers and puts on her high heels and then she dances her first dance ever with her first true love, which is her daddy. Traditions are changing these days and mom plays an integral part in raising a daughter so mother and daughter dances are also incorporated.
My second favorite tradition is the “giving away of the doll” in this instance, the Quinceañera gives away a doll or teddy bear to someone important in their life like a younger sibling our cousin to signify the transition from little girl to young woman. Seeing these traditions in person is absolutely beautiful each time and rest assured that no dry eye is left in the room.
Helping Yesenia and Juan plan their daughters special day will always be one of my favorite events because I know how special these events are to parents. Her Quinceañera was perfect and her daughter loved everything her parents planned for her. This is a moment they will all remember and hold dearly for the rest of their lives.
Photography: Martin Muriel Fotografo | Videography: Daylight Bodas | Planner: Erika Sandoval Event Planning & Design | Floral Design: Inspired Designs Denver | Venue: Ashley Ridge | Staffing: Avant-Garde | Stationer: Zazzle.com | H&MU: Studio 5280 | Mariachi: Mariachi Luna | Band: Banda La Revuelta | Cakes: Mulberries Cake Shop | Rentals: Allwell Rents | Dress: La Prestige Boutique