Quinceanera - A Mexican Tradition

Many cultures have their own special traditions.  One such tradition found in the Mexican Cultures is a Quinceanera.  When a young lady reaches fifteen, the family may plan to host a special birthday party.  It is a party to celebrate the young lady reaching maturity.  Recently, Elemintal Photography had the honor of photographing one such day.  Here are a few photographs we took:

 

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She is such a lovely young lady, both in looks and in kind heart.  We enjoyed getting to know her friends as well.   Happy Birthday!