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Want To Attend a Quinceañera?

Many people have heard about or even been a part of "sweet-16" parties. But did you know that in some traditions, there is a big celebration for a girl's 15th birthday as well?

In Latin American countries, "quinceañera" refers to a girl who is celebrating her 15th birthday, and the "fiesta de quince años" refers to the celebration where the young girl is announced and presented to the community now as a young woman.

In much of the United States, this tradition has been carried over thanks to the growing population of Latina women. Here, "quinceañera" also often refers to the celebration itself of a girl's 15th birthday, or her "coming of age" party.

Quinceañeras here in the United States are often big family events that can bear much resemblance to a traditional wedding: the quinceañera's dress can be as big a deal and as expensive as a traditional bride's wedding dress; there is a ceremony Mass in a church with family present; similar to a bridal party, there is a "court" of young ladies that stand at the side of the quinceañera; there is a father-daughter dance; there is a reception with much eating and dancing by all attendees; and there even is a cake-cutting too!

If you have never attended a Quinceañera and want to get a better sense of what it's like, click here to browse through this photo gallery and experience this wonderful tradition first-hand!


Matthew D'Alto Photography & Design provides personal photography services for individual and families, including coverage of special personal events. These include a variety of ethnic and religious celebrations, such as baptisms, first communions, confirmations, bar & bat mitzvahs, Quinceañeras, Korean "Dol", and other special days in people's lives.

All photography services are offered within its primary market in the Connecticut towns and cities of Norwalk, Westport, Darien, New Canaan, Fairfield, Wilton, Stamford, Greenwich, Ridgefield, Weston, and Easton; and also (when time permits) within its secondary market within the greater Connecticut area as well as parts of southeastern New York State.

Matthew D'Alto Photography & Design owns a variety of professional-grade camera equipment and software designed to produce high-resolution, high dynamic-range photographs in a wide range of artificial and natural light settings -- quality which simply cannot be replicated on today's best camera phones or even with lower-end DSLR cameras and lenses.

Importantly, every photograph is individually and properly edited, including adjustments to optimize light, color, shadows, sharpness, and picture noise. All of this meticulous photographic editing and inspection is done in-house, and is never outsourced, batched, nor mass-produced. Lastly, private online galleries are provided to all clients so they can conveniently view and download their digital photo files in the file format and quality of their choice. If desired, prints made from different materials such as paper, canvas, metal, and even wood can also be ordered conveniently and simply, directly from the online gallery.

For a free photography estimate of your event or other personal photography needs, send an e-mail to, or call anytime at 646-221-2482 and leave a voicemail if we are working and not available to take your call immediately.

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