Buchholz Prom 2011 | Part 1

It’s been a long time since I’ve been to prom.

Correction: I’ve never been to prom.

GASP! Oh the horror! No PROM??

I know, right?? Let me explain…

I went to a private Christian school in high school where dancing was highly frowned upon. And you can’t really have a prom without dancing. However, rather than completely deprive us of all essential high school experiences, the powers that were opted to throw us a Jr./Sr. Banquet. In other words, we got dressed up to the nines, we attended with a date (but don’t forget to leave 6 inches between you for the Holy Spirit), and then we sat down to eat dinner and listen to a sermon. Yes, I said listen to a sermon.

Now before you go feeling all sorry for me, I’ll tell you I didn’t know what I was missing at the time. A sermon over dinner while wearing a formal dress and sitting with a date seemed very normal for me, so I wasn’t at all weirded out by the situation. Now that I have a little more life under my belt, I feel somewhat differently, but that’s a whole different story.

Regardless of how I see that experience now, and despite the lack of dancing and overwhelming purity of the whole affair, Jr./Sr. Banquet was actually very fun. I have wonderful memories of Non-Prom…the giddy excitement, new makeup, giggles with my girlfriends, and butterflies in my stomach as I waited for my date to arrive.  It was a night to feel a little more grown up. I felt beautiful and got to go on a special date with whichever boyfriend I had at the time. (Or friend, or crush…you know, it varied. And I went all four years of high school…gotta switch up the date situation a bit!) And we even got to stay out all night (at carefully pre-selected, parent-chaperoned places of course).

All things considered, I loved Jr./Sr. Banquet, and I have a scrapbook full of memories that I will treasure forever.

So when Emily contacted me to shoot photos for her and her friends before Buchholz’ prom, I jumped at the chance. What a great idea! Prom (or Non-Prom) night will be an amazing memory, no matter what your experience is like, so the opportunity to be a little part of these kids’ memories was pretty cool.

Emily and friends, I hope you ALL had a wonderful time at prom! Thank you for letting me be a part of your fun. Stay tuned for prom photos Part 2!

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7 thoughts on “Buchholz Prom 2011 | Part 1

  1. Once_a_King

    You may not remember but we created an ersatz prom you for the night you brought Ben back to the house after one of those banquets, I think. Ben had provided those those nice shiny, starry decorations and we printed out “PROM” posters. We relocated the sound system, I think, and you all slow danced to the music. Things never worked out with Ben, I know, but at the time it was all pretty magical. I think you all slow danced at this “prom” but after you all left for the chaperoned all-nighter I know Mom and I did — it was dark and romantic and K Ci and Jo Jo was playing — “Crazy, crazy, crazy, crazy, crazy about you baby!” I think you were in love with Ben that night and know I was specially in love with your mom that night.

    You know that was the only Prom I went to too. Carol Malouf (sweet girl, not stunning, but still out of my league) said no, and my good friend kind-of-nerdy Cathy Good (we were science club buds 🙂 — but she was a VERY nice girl and a very good friend) didn’t think she would be asked so she asked a date from out of town before I wised up and asked her myself. You snooze, you lose!

    But I think it all worked out in the end becuse it turns out the only prom I went to I took your Mom and considering how in love with her I am that seems fitting.

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    1. Anwen Elizabeth Photography Post author

      You just flirted with mom through a blog comment. I love it. 🙂 And I loved that night…can you believe it’s been 10 YEARS since that night??? How is that possible???

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  2. Once_a_King

    PS How subversive were we to bring you and Ben from a no-dance non-prom to a cuddle and slow-dance (no ruler measuring the distance between you!) prom?

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    1. Anwen Elizabeth Photography Post author

      Haha, yes, well, you guys were cooler than I realized at the time. 🙂

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