I loved my school proms. As I stayed at the same school for Sixth Form College, I had two with the same groups of friends which having looked back at photos, shows how much growing up we did between the ages of 16 and 18. When I was back at school the adults around me always used to say ‘Oh your school days are the best of your lives so make the most of them’ and I used to laugh and think no way! But digging out these next few photos did make me look back fondly at the friends I had and the laughs that filled our proms too.
Apologies for the low-quality photos, they’re from eleven and thirteen years ago and saved from Facebook!
Year 11 Prom
My year 11 prom was back in 2006 and we had a party on a boat on the Thames. We sailed up and down the river whilst dancing the night away.
When it came to my dress I knew exactly what I wanted; I wanted a mix of purple that shined a turquoise in the light, a lot like the colour of a TVR car I’d seen at a car show previously. It was mesmerising. Shockingly enough it wasn’t that hard to find!
The dress was a corset and I remember having to get my dad to tie me in at the back as mum and I couldn’t get it right on our own! It was a bit of a military operation. It was also just below knee length as I didn’t fancy a floor length dress as I’m always so conscious of how little they can make me look.
I found shoes of a similar colour that had large diamantes on so that set the tone for the style of jewellery I was going to wear. I went with a diamond necklace, bracelet and earrings that were quite understated as I thought the dress was quite bold without over the top accessories.
Year 13 Prom
My year 13 prom was held at the stunning Parklands Quendon Hall, which is a well-known wedding venue with a wonderful garden complete with fountains.
Looking back at these photos, I’d not long been 18, was filled with confidence and I feel my dress showed that. I was so happy with my figure back than that I had wanted to pick a dress that showed it off. Of course, it was black as I wanted to be classic yet still alternative so no one else would be wearing the same thing!
Back then, over eleven years ago there wasn’t much information around on prom dresses that suit you so it was a little tougher than it is finding clothes today. There are so many great resources out there that can you help you feel super confident and well dressed on your prom day.
I wish I could go back to my proms and relive the fun we had and take better photos! I’m gutted that the ones I have left are such low quality but at least I have some. Companies like Wedding Photo Swap are making it so easy for everyone to add their photos to live feed so you can save all of the photos that are uploaded in high resolution so you wouldn’t have the issues I’m having now with my memories!