Grand Cayman Quinceañera

June 1, 2021

Earlier this year I photographed my second Grand Cayman Quinceañera or Quince for short for the McMillan family.

quinceañera – According to Wikipedia

The fiesta de quince años (also fiesta de quinceañeraquince añosquinceañera and quinces) is a celebration of a girl’s 15th birthday. It has its cultural roots in Mexico and is widely celebrated today by girls throughout Latin America. The girl celebrating her 15th birthday is a quinceañera. In Spanish, and in Latin countries, the term quinceañera is reserved solely for the honoree; in English, primarily in the United States, the term is used to refer to the celebrations and honors surrounding the occasion.

This birthday is celebrated differently from any other as it marks the transition from childhood to young womanhood. Historically, in the years prior to their 15th birthdays, girls were taught cooking, weaving, and about childbearing by the elder women in their communities in preparation for their future roles as wives and during the celebration the girl’s father would present her to potential suitors.

For Annabelle, I had the pleasure to photograph her reception. Having already photographer her oldest sisters quince, I was familiar with the traditions of the event. Bellie kept things simple and just had a small court of her closest girlfriends.

Janet Jarchow, is a Grand Cayman Photographer specialising in Wedding and Portrait Photography as well as videography. She has photographed hundreds of weddings on all three of the Cayman Islands – Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, Little Cayman – and abroad. Her light and airy photographic style lends itself to the beauty of any Cayman Islands wedding. You can contact her here.