Quinceaneras are a special time of celebration when a young lady turns 15. It signifies the transition from childhood to young womanhood—and Aseret’s celebration was truly beautiful!
The ceremony began at the St. Mary Catholic Church in Griffith Indiana. The church was a large, symmetrical stone building and had two aisles inside that led to the alter. Each aisle was flanked by stained glass windows, and the large marble alter served as the focal point of the church.
Aseret’s court of honor consisted of three ladies and four escorts. During the ceremony she proceeded down the aisle in her gorgeous champagne-colored gown. A long cape that matched her gown draped over her shoulders and trailed behind her as she walked. She received a few gifts blessed by the priest and then gifted her bouquet to the Virgin Mary.
Following the ceremony, we took Aseret and her court to the Centennial Park in Munster, Indiana where we shot some portraits. Following that, the court was taken to the reception at Halls of St. Georgie in Schereville Indiana in a white stretch limo.
The reception decorations resembled a masquerade, and her colors of coral, teal and gold were used in feathers, napkins and the chair ties. There were masquerade masks set on tables at the entrance. The dessert table was filled with a large variety of cookies, a beautiful tiered cake and popcorn. They also had a nacho cheese stand.
At dinner time, a mariachi band arrived, dressed in burgundy and gold. After the presentation, the mariachi band played “Quinceñaera” and Aseret danced with her escort. Following that, her parents presented her with her first pair of high-heeled shoes—a tradition at the quinceanera that represents that she will no longer wear little girl’s shoes—and symbolizing that she has become a woman. Then a tiara was placed on her head that means that she is a princess before God but also represents her growing responsibilities as she is no longer a child. The tiara was presented by her godmothers. And to finalize the ceremonies and presentations, she was presented with her last doll, which was given to her by her sister and her godmother. The doll symbolizes Aseret leaving behind her childhood and entering into womanhood. The DJ began to play “Butterfly Fly Away” and it was time for the father-daughter dance. This dance is usually very emotional because it is the first dance as a young lady. There wasn’t a dry eye in the room—including me and my husband—because the moment the music began, her father began to cry. Following the father-daughter dance, the dance floor was opened and the court took to the dance floor—and wow could they dance! Their energy seemed to flow through the room and made everyone (myself included) want to dance along with them!
All in all, the day was truly a beautiful celebration of Aseret. Everyone had a wonderful time and we are so thankful to have had the privilege of capturing these memories for her family! Congratluations Aseret!
Dress: Specially Yours
Ceremony: St Mary Catholic Church
Reception: Halls of St George.
DJ: Dj Angel
Mariachi: Mariachi Imperial Azteca de Chicago
Cake: Cakes By Karen
Quinceañera Photographer│Vero+Sal Photo and Film│Griffith IN
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