One afternoon in our lovely student dining hall I was lunching with my dear friend Josh gushing about my sister’s first prom, which had happened over a rainy weekend. I went on to describe the taffeta, long photo shoots and awkward dates that are inevitable with this right of passage. So when he said he never went to prom and reminded me that neither did several of our friends I proposed we hold our own.

Thankfully, he and my other dear friend Margaret have been blessed with wonderful party planning skills. The even was made official — via facebook, of course — and the word was spread that the party of the year would be held on a late evening in early May.

The theme? Truly, Madly, Deeply. Based off of a song by the great 90’s band Savage Garden.
I want to stand with you on a mountain
I want to bathe with you in the sea
I want to lay like this forever
Until the sky falls down on me

With a homemade silver and white balloon arch and the use of my beloved Nikon we set up an impromptu photo booth for any couples hoping to capture the sweet moment of their first prom. The first to step were our hosts, of course! Here they are getting ready for the beginning of a beautiful night of bumping tunes, dance-offs, and “vintage” prom attire.

There were mountains, blue streams of water, and fluffy clouds throughout the room as we danced beneath the small disco ball. The dance even had chaperones. (Thanks Ms. Allen and Ms. Thompson! You’re dance moves were the best.)

Singing along a variety of music —my favorite being the Beach Boy’s “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” — and bopping around I realized what I missed at my own prom. The relaxation of not worrying about the drama, drunkards and disappearances that are so typical of this beloved high school event.

I realized that the next time I head out for a night of dancing and fun it might be best to forget about the other people in the room, sing at the top of my lungs and dance around like nobody’s watching.

Till then!

P.S. — All photos taken by those lovely people who swiped up my camera. Thanks for taking photos because I was too busy getting my dance on!


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