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Goodbye, Girls

Bilma collects herself in the family living room before the day’s ceremonies begin. (Anne Fishbein)
More than 200 people attend Bilma’s reception, held in the parking lot behind the family’s apartment. (Anne Fishbein)
A Mass is said in Rocio’s honor. Following tradition, she leaves her bouquet at the altar. (Anne Fishbein)
Rocio rides with Talina Garcia, the maestra de vals who choreographed her dance. (Anne Fishbein)
Rocio’s elaborate up-do takes five hours. (Anne Fishbein)
Rocio performs with chambelan de honor with Cristian Ramirez (left) and her brother, Gabriel Gamez. (Anne Fishbein)
Raul Moreno, Rocio’s godfather, kneels during Mass. (Anne Fishbein)
Bilma’s late decision to have a quinceañera meant just a week to rehearse her dance. (Anne Fishbein)
The colors of Valerie’s cake match her dress, as do the doll, the photo album, the guest book, and so on. (Anne Fishbein)
Bilma’s family went to a photo studio specializing in quinceañera portraits (Anne Fishbein)