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Ashley's Quinceañera Party

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Ashley's Quinceañera Food

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Ashley's Quinceañera Candles

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Ashley's Quinceañera Dress

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Ashley's Quinceañera Guests

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Ashley's Quinceañera Friends

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Ashley's Quinceañera Father-Daughter Dance

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Ashley's Quinceañera Music

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Ashley's Quinceañera Cake

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Her Quince Style: Laid-back, simple, and fun.
From: Lakewood, Ohio
Proud to Be: Nicaraguan
Her Dream for 15: “I want to go to college and receive my PhD in medicine.”
Why We Love Her: Ashley proves quinceañeras can be fun and unforgettable on any budget. Don’t let “My Super Sweet 16” fool you. An inexpensive, homemade quinceañera is just as special if you’re wearing a gorgeous dress, serving delicious food, and surrounded by loved ones. Plus, she wasn’t shy about inviting her non-Latino friends and teaching them about her Hispanic traditions.
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