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!