Quince Año Anniversary Celebration
February 6, 2015
United States
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Studio EMP has dazzled our screens many a time with their beautiful photographs  so no surprise that their 15th Anniversary party would be out of this world. A mix of mexican heritage, papel picado and a yummy taco feast are just a few of the festive tid bits you'll find below. With the help of Lavenders FlowersFound Vintage Rentals and 24 Carrots, this fiesta was made fabulous. See it all right here.
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In Latin America countries, Quinceañera's are celebration of a girl's fifteenth birthday to signify their passing from childhood to womanhood. I myself had a quinceanera on my 15th birthday and am very proud of my hispanic heritage and have a love affair with all thing Mexico. So when I found out that 2013 marked Studio EMP, Inc. 15th year in business and owner Joel Maus' 15th year as a wedding photographer, I jumped at the chance to throw this guy a quinceanera minus the poofy dress of course!

I have grown to know Joel like the back of my hand and knew that this fiesta would have to be a surprise because he would never let me throw a party where he was the center of attention. I knew that after 15 years in the industry the guestlist for this party could easily have well over 400 guest but knowing Joel I want to keep this celebration intimate. But I didn't want all of our industry friends, past brides and grooms to miss out on the fun, so an email blast was sent asking them grab their iPhones or laptops and send me a video of them sharing a memory, wedding story and/ or thought on "Señor Hoel"! The response was overwhelming I was flooded with videos, cards, emails and act of love towards this man!

November officially marked 15 years since Joel’s first wedding which was actually a redo session after a failed attempt by another photographer of the couple wedding day. So on a sunny November Monday morning in hopes that he won’t suspect a thing, we transformed our all white studio into a colorful fiesta complete with papel picado, pinata, tacos, bougainvillea, latin sips, bites and tunes! I signed on Joel’s wife Jeni of Found Vintage Rentals, my dear friend Janelle of Lavender’s Flowers and the AMAZING team at 24 Carrots. The Found pieces help set the fiesta vibe with colorful rugs, pillows, cocktail and dining tables and seating. Lavenders Flowers brought her amazing floral skill and provided the perfect bougainvillea centerpieces paired with papaya and limes! The team at 24 Carrots stole the show going above and beyond turning my tacos and churros idea into a delicious five course lunch, needless to say we were stuffed but love every minute of it! His reaction to the surprise fiesta and the video of friends and clients filled my heart with so much joy. This fiesta was my way of showering him with love and showing him how loved and appreciated he is for sharing his gift and talents with the world. I am eternally grateful to our vendor friends whom without their help and time I seriously could not have pulled of this party for it was all a true labor of love.

Feliz Quince Años “Señor Hoel" and here's to muchos muchos más!