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Princess for a Day

A Youthful Yet Timeless Quinceañera Celebration

Photography by: Ruby Muza Photography / Written by: Lisa Y. Taylor
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Princess for a Day

Mario and Sandra Garza, owners of Events by Touch of Elegance, have made fairy tale dreams come true for hundreds of brides. So when it came to their youngest daughter Rachelle’s quinceañera, they knew exactly how to make her feel like a princess.

“The quinceañera was a wonderful gift to Rachelle. As her parents, it was our way of celebrating her first 15 years of life,” says Mario. “The tradition is an important part of our Mexican culture, symbolizing a girl’s transition to a young lady.”

As experts in décor and floral design for special events, the Garzas infused the momentous day with a mix of youthful glamour and timeless opulence.

Tiffany Blue Beauty

The melodic voices of Rachelle’s high school choir ascended to the vaulted ceilings of Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in New Braunfels as her parents escorted her down the aisle. Brilliant blue and clear rhinestones dazzled the sweetheart bodice and voluminous tulle skirt of Rachelle’s Tiffany blue gown. And her tiara of intricate floral and heart crystal motifs flattered her sparkling teardrop earrings.

Lovely as she was with her polished makeup and satiny curls, it was Rachelle’s inner beauty that her mother most cherished. “She appreciated that a quinceañera is not just about a party. She realized it’s important to have a blessing on the occasion,” Sandra says. “She’s a very special young lady and so proper and good-natured with everyone.”

Leading Mass was a priest whom the Garzas invited from Mexico. He performed their wedding ceremony and has officiated all the Catholic sacraments and quinceañera services for their three daughters.

Sparkling Soiree

A plush party bus transported Rachelle and an entourage of her friends to the reception at the Embassy Suites San Antonio Riverwalk Downtown. Following appetizers on a river-view foyer, guests were welcomed to the soiree by the Garzas who graciously greeted everyone at the ballroom doors.

Once inside, all eyes were drawn to the towering cake that rose from a 15-inch pedestal of densely clustered pastel pink and ivory roses. Creations Cakes adorned the confection with petite crystal beads, ornate floral-patterned icing, and a scripted “R” in Tiffany blue. The cake table’s embroidered and crystal-embellished cover complemented the light blue uplighting and decorative draping.

Sequined rose gold linens and pleated chair covers dressed with a glittering band gave glitz to the guest tables. Floating candles and gleaming mercury votive holders were placed among centerpieces of blush pink and ivory spray and garden roses, peonies, tulips, orchids, and hydrangeas.

Butlers presented a formal seated dinner of filet mignon served with Yukon Gold duchess potatoes with bacon and poblanos and roasted asparagus spears wrapped in prosciutto.

Tables of various sizes and heights added pizzazz to the venue’s layout. Close friends and family sat at a presidential table while Rachelle’s friends socialized around highboy tables near the dance floor. Round and square banquet tables were also arranged throughout the room.

Butterfly Kisses

Strings of crystals and cymbidium orchids gave a hint of whimsy to the dance floor as Rachelle and her father waltzed to “Butterfly Kisses.”

“When she was four or five years old, I took her to a princess dance where she wore a ballgown, and we danced to that song,” Mario reminisces. “Rachelle is the youngest of my three daughters, so I feel sad when I think there will soon be no more children in our house.”

Later in the evening, to showcase her independence, Rachelle performed a high-energy choreographed routine with a dance troupe of young men her parents hired from Monterrey, Mexico.

To create a dynamic dance floor, Event Ignition projected fluttering butterflies on the walls during the father-daughter dance, and then later, wavy laser lights and smoke effects produced an exhilarating club vibe.

Life’s Legacy

As business owners with busy schedules, the Garzas enlisted A Grand Occasion to help them plan and orchestrate the event that hosted 220 guests. They also encouraged Rachelle to decide many of the details. “My wife and I would offer our daughter options regarding items such as the décor and menu so she could experience making grown-up decisions,” Mario says. “Like her mother, Rachelle knows that more is not always better, so the event represented her elegant and tasteful style.”

For the closing dance, the DJ played “No Crezcas Mas” (or “Don’t Grow Up Anymore”), which reflected the bittersweet milestone of a quinceañera.

“It’s a beautiful song,” Rachelle’s father says. “My wife and I have been blessed with three beautiful daughters, and giving each of them a quinceañera takes a lot of sacrifice, but it’s worth it. The memories we have shared during the celebrations are part of the legacy we’re leaving them and what life is all about.”

 

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