If you’ve never heard of a Debut, it’s a Filipino coming of age celebration that generally occurs on a girl’s 18th birthday and signifies her transition to womanhood. I guess you could call it a Filipino quinceañera. My friend recently celebrated hers (who you might have seen here), and let’s just say that it was the most extravagant birthday party I have ever been to. There was pink everywhere, the venue was gorgeous, there was a view overlooking the city, everyone looked dazzling, and most importantly, the presence of family and friends at the Debut was just so overwhelming and great at the same time. Reminds me of how lucky we are to be surrounded by so many loved ones and how we are really blessed to have such strong support around us constantly.
And now, for the explosion of pictures! Brace yourselves (as usual).
The beautiful debutante, Samantha. (Picture c/o Tue Dong)
My dress. Sam picked a pastel theme so each of her 18 candles were assigned different colors, and I chose coral.
Somewhat reminiscent of prom. I didn’t expect my hair to turn out so good in the short amount of time it took me to finish this. This hairstyle consists of three braids altogether-it’s so simple and it still looks very elegant!
The venue was at The Reef Restaurant in Long Beach, CA and it is just gorgeous. (Picture c/o Chris Sabanpan)
Centerpiece for each table. (Picture c/o Chris Sabanpan)
Each table looks so pink and elegant.
Table 14, oh yeah! (Picture c/o Chris Sabanpan)
The Cinderella dress. So flawless.
I smell a lot of Pinspiration here. A candy bar!
And I’m clearly very happy about it. (Picture c/o Chris Sabanpan)
The cake needs a spotlight on it’s own…I mean, just look at how adorable it is! I had to pause and look at it closely to see if it was real when I first saw it. AMAZING! (Picture c/o Chris Sabanpan)
Food consisted of a lot of salads, pastas, bread and so on. Not bad!
Typically, the debutante has 18 candles and roses, and she chooses some of her closest family and friends as her candles and roses. Spot me yet? (Picture c/o Chris Sabanpan)
Each person selected as a “candle” gives a speech, wishing the debutante different blessings and such, and then proceeds to light a candle on the cake. (Picture c/o Tue Dong)
Then she blows out the wishes that we made for her, along with one of her own! (Picture c/o Tue Dong)
More pictures from that night…
Sharing a moment with the debutante.
Most of my lovies.
And dancing the night away.
“Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart”
Such a beautiful night filled with so many memories ♥