Thank you to everyone who made my evening amazing, from the event planners and photographers, to the makeup artist, hair stylist, dress maker and of course my wonderful friends.
3 days ago I had my senior prom, and it was such an amazing event. If you want to read about all the actual prep that went into the evening here's the link to my previous blog post:
The night before I started on my nails - I know how to do my nails really well and didn't feel it was necessary to get a professional mani, since I had all the kit at home already. I decided to go with a matte blue and a shimmery accent nail on each hand. I used fake nails, since my natural ones are quite short (I had to cut them to go camping earlier last month).
I woke up early on the day of the prom to start preparing for the big night. At 9 I got out of bed to set up an area upstairs for my friends and I to get ready. I carried mirrors, dresses, accessories, and makeup.
At 12:30 I had my hair appointment. Because of many failed hair trials in the past, I decided to go with something simple. I had my ends trimmed slightly to give my hair a 'blunt cut'. I had it straightened and left it loose. My hair stylist changed my parting to give it a zig-zagged shape, which was really cool and gave my hair a subtle, unexpected twist.
I arrived back home from the hair salon just in time to catch my makeup artist at the door. 2 of my friends arrived to get their makeup done as well and we headed upstairs to the dressing station. It took about 40 minutes per person for makeup, but mine took a little longer because of some pesky eyeliner. My makeup artist had to redo one of my eyes because the liquid liner was (as usual) not cooperating. The photographer arrived in time to catch some photos of me as the last stitches of makeup were applied.
At 4:30 the other arrived at my door, as I was hosting pre-drinks with a bunch of friends. Altogether we were 4 'couples'. My date for the night was a best friend of mine since the eighth grade, and we agreed a while ago that we'd take each other to prom. He brought me a beautiful corsage on the evening, which mathced my dress perfectly, and his bowtie and pocket hankerchief was colour-mathced to my dress, so we looked well coordinated. I borrowed a coin purse from my grandma (the purse is from the 1940's), and it's pure silver and made out of tiny chain links. All of my friends and I have such different styles, and it was so amazing to see how everyone's unique taste shone through on the night.
At pre-drinks, the photographer and all the parents were constantly taking photos, and with all the call out to "Face this way" or "look here" and the camera flashes, it felt like being mobbed by the paparazzi. I must say, I wouldn't mind the famous life! We drank Champagne and ate tapas in the garden, with a beautiful view of the vineyards and the mountains behind us.
At 6 o'clock our vintage car arrived to pick us up and bring us to prom. The car belonged to an old family friend, which he loaned to us for the night so that we looked the part for the entrances. The car was low on the road, and was unlike any modern car on the inside. Everyone who drove past us spotted the car, and then us, and we got many waves from strangers in their cars. We arrived at 6:15 on the lawn of the school, for drinks. We watched as the rest of the year walked up with their dates.
After killing our feet from standing in heels for an hour, we finally entered the hall. We were seated at our tables. Speeches were made, and starter salads were served. We had butternut and feta salad with a side platter of tapas on the table. We all rushed off to the photo booths after we had finished eating, and were promptly called back for mains. Roast leg of lamb, with mint and beetroot jelly, potato skins and jus. We went off to dance after dinner and take more photos at the two booths. We were eventually called back for dessert - chocolate mousse, stacked on a brownie with berry coulis and a white chocolate chard. We ended the night off with dancing until our feet almost fell off. At 11:30 the dance ended.
After the dance ended, we all got into more casual clothes, changing in the classrooms. The entire year headed out to the bus-stops to get wristbands for the rest of the night... We were headed to our venue for our after party, to carry on the festivities until the next morning at 4am. I went home with my best friend, to sleepover, and we stopped by at McDonalds on our way back, for a cheeseburger and a large order of fries. We eventually got to bed at 5am the next morning after painting the town red.
Unfortunately, suffering from a lack of sleep caused me to get sick. I now have Pharyngitis and am on antibiotics (I'm basically always sick these days)... Hope you enjoyed reading about my magical prom experience and I hope yours was/ is just as wonderful as mine. Below is a video of my entrance to the prom, so have a watch.
Until the next post
-The Traveling Oyster xxx