Some of the Art students did a fabulous job on a two dimensional Lady Liberty which greeted them by the main door as they walked the red carpet to the entrance. Inside, in the Foyer outside the Ballroom, were painted Manhattan skyline silhouettes, plywood "cutouts" of the Empire State Bldg. and other Manhattan landmark buildings, all painted black and outlined with white mini lights, many silver stars hanging from the ceiling (kudos to the Moms who spent hours up ladders hangin' all those stars!!), street signs for Broadway, 5th Avenue, Madison Avenue, etc., posters advertising Broadway plays, and a "Central Park" area for photos, thanks to the kind generosity of Scott's Nursery who "loaned" us 18 potted trees and flowering shrubs. (Thanks to big brother Leigh for pickup and delivery of same trees and shrubs!) These were all lit with white mini lights and looked fabulous! The Grads had to pass through a huge balloon arch, made of brightly colored balloons, to represent the bright lights of Times Square. The Ballroom was decorated with more silver stars, street signs, and bouquets of helium balloons and "Grad 2009" table confetti on each table. All in all a lot of work for a few short hours, but very satisfying when you hear how much they enjoyed it and that all the comments were very favorable! They even had a "Grafitti Wall" for all the Grads to sign and write comments on - I guess it was very popular... So - a memorable night in a certain young lady's life, for sure.
I thought Laura looked elegant in her beautiful gown. Her hair was classy and not "overdone". The back of her gown was beautiful with all the beading on the straps, and the small gathering detail on lower back. Although in some of these pictures the dress looks more blue, it was actually a deep rich purple. (You can click on each photo for a larger view.)For the girls it's all about the dress.. for the guys it's what kind of vehicle are we going to arrive in? I swear the Delta driveway looks like Academy Awards Night with the parade of vehicles and the crowd gathered to watch... Each year it seems they try to "outdo" what was done last year, vehicle-wise. This year the range ran from the usual sports cars and convertibles, Escalades and Hummers, to golf carts and Hearses!! There were horse-drawn carts, busses and an ambulance. The Valedictorian was in a speedboat pulled behind a car! Laura and Jared were thrilled to have Uncle Leigh drive them in his candy-apple red Corvette. Of course Jared was unsuccessful in convincing Leigh to let HIM drive... Laura and Leigh have always shared a special "bond"... I know it was important to Laura to have Uncle Leigh drive her on Prom Night .. And with that top off, we're sooo glad it didn't rain... The weather improved through the day and it turned out to be a perfect evening, not too hot... just right!
Here in this last photo is Miss Laura, Secretary of Grad Class 2009, and Mr. Brad, President of Grad Class 2009. These two did the bulk of the work. Well done you two!! Can you tell I'm a very proud Mama???
Love you Laura. You're the sparkle in my eyes, the twinkle in my toes and the kiss on my heart. Oh how I will miss you next year...
The world is an incredible unfulfilled tapestry, and only you can fulfill the tiny space that is yours....