On October 21, 2017, covered in a veil, Chealsae López began her journey towards adulthood by celebrating in style. Her quinceañera dreams floated among abundant fabrics, created by her parents to guide her path with the delicacy, education and support necessary to cross a new bridge.

Celebrating a girl's 15th birthday (quinceañera) is wrapped in symbolism. For some it is a celebration surrounded by music, dance, lights and ephemeral colors. For others, it is an event with much deeper meaning, a celebration that allows them to share with society the beginning of a new sta…

The guy at the door stopped counting Luisa Villa’s quinceañera guests at 422. Despite the massive size of her party, her mother Isaura said everything about it was perfect, thanks to more than a year of preparation. They did most of the work themselves to put a little more sentimental value …

Dancing is a big part of the quinceañera celebration. There’s the surprise dance, performed by the guest of honor with her court of chambelanes (boys) and damas (girls). Then there’s the “vals,” another dance she performs with her court. And finally, the father-daughter dance. That’s the big…

So what happens when the party's over? For the Delgado family of Selah, they feel a combination of relief and gratitude for everyone who helped pull it together. Vereniz Delgado had her quinceañera late in June and she and her family finally have time to relax, after years of planning. Her m…

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Quinceañeras pump hundreds of thousands of dollars into the Yakima Valley economy every year. They help keep local dress stores, party venues, caterers, limo companies, photographers and DJs in business. Yakima photographer Braulio Herrera says "I've seen quinceañeras that cost $25,000, and …

The guest lists for weddings tend to grow, and quinceañeras are no different. Melinda Ramos of Yakima watched her daughter Aaliyah's quince morph into a huge celebration. "We were not going to do an elaborate event. At first, it was just going to be a blessing at church, and a family barbecu…

The sound of rustling and muted conversation can be heard coming from the dressing room at Fashion Corner in Sunnyside. In the nearby waiting area, Roque Arriaga sits patiently as 2-year-old Evelyn races around, looking at the rainbow of dresses packed onto racks that seem to extend forever.

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