Growing up in Texas, I had heard plenty about quinceaneras, the celebration of a young woman's 15th birthday in the Hispanic culture. But, I had never been invited to one until now! Let me start off by saying it was, simply put, FUN!
I'm a bit jealous that I didn't get to plan a quince of my own. It seems like the perfect opportunity to do everything that every bride's inner child secretly wants to do at her wedding. This "Under the Sea" themed event had seashells, candy, music from "The Little Mermaid", and pink sparkles galore.
The symbolism of the ceremony was enough to make this Momma blink back a few tears. The birthday girl started the day in sneakers (color coordinated and bejeweled, naturally). At the reception, her father switched the sneakers for high heels, symbolizing her transition into womanhood. To much laughter, he announced that this was purely symbolic, and she was by no means allowed to date. They followed with a father-daughter dance.
The party that followed was so fun to witness, and yet made me feel...can I say this at age 31?...old. These teens partied harder than any wedding I've attended (despite the lack of booze!). Every song that came on seemed to be their personal jam, and the enthusiasm was infectious. I kept thinking to myself, "surely they are going to get tired and wind down soon".
They did not :0)
THANK YOU to this wonderful family for letting me be a part of this event. And to the birthday girl, call me when you need a wedding photographer! I'll still be here, feeling old.