Welcome to Part Two of my blog about my experience shooting a beautiful Quinceanera event in December.
Adrienne’s formal ball gown shoot was done in Social Circle, Georgia, at the Blue Willow Inn. The Inn is located at the heart of the historic district of Social Circle. The Inn is probably one of the South’s top restaurants and is probably the best restaurant in the South for traditional southern cooking. The grounds are beautiful and the scenery from all directions is of historic southern architecture and often sparks the feeling of falling back in time.
In December, the celebration was scheduled and it was “all hands on deck” for the preparation and decorating! Family traveled from Puerto Rico to join in the celebration and spend time with family and friends. Adrienne’s home was where the event took place and everyone had spent time preparing a beautiful spread of food and flowers, cake and decorations. It was a cold and overcast day, but this was not at all to dampen the spirits of the celebrants or the festivities. The family had joined together to celebrate Adrienne’s walk from childhood to womanhood.
Friends came for a pre-event gathering and celebration. The ceremony began mid-afternoon with an entrance procession of her “court” and then readings were done in Spanish by church officials. After the blessings and presentation of the Bible, it is tradition for the father to change his daughter’s shoes from flat shoes to heels. Adrienne wore Converse black tennis shoes and her father changed her shoes into her white heels.
After the changing of the shoes, father and daughter had a dance together.
When the ceremony concluded, the festivities began and a seated meal was enjoyed by all of the guests. Later, after some dancing and socializing, a toast was given and the cake was cut. Gifts were opened and more celebration ensued.
Maintaining tradition is hard work and this tradition of celebrating a young woman’s walk into maturity is a beautiful one. Everyone enjoyed the festivities and a good time was had by all!