I’ve probably mentioned it before, but I’m totally serious when I said my mother didn’t want me to date until I was 30 years old. Sure, every mom says it, but my dear mother even bought books for me endorsing the notion of kissing dating goodbye. I’d roll my eyes and think to myself, The only kissing I want to do is ON A DATE! Of course I couldn’t admit this because my mom would think my soul was damned and she stand in my doorway at night and pray me out of my pathway to hell.

Oh, and my mom? She also didn’t let me watch Smurfs. In addition to the dorky affects of homeschooling, I also had no context of child pop culture except the episodes of Little House on the Prarie I’d watch every afternoon. Hand to heaven.

You could just imagine my worry when I asked my parents if I could go to prom with JD. You mean with a boy, my mom increduously asked. After a series of slammed doors, my mom agreed to let me go to prom…but I had to pay for everything myself. I had a bit of money saved from my telemarketer job, but I barely scratched enough together for my dress, to get my hair and nails did, and enough to speak with proper grammar.

I wanted to buy prom photos, but I couldn’t afford it. And I was torn. My best friend–knowing my love for photos–gave me $100 the day of prom stuffed in an envelope. You know…for pictures, Brianna said.

All these years later, I’ll never be able to repay my friend for her kindness. It’s one of the few photos I have of me and JD in high school…and though it’s absolutely horrific (LOOK! AT! THOSE! BANGS!), I love it for everything it represents: young love and bad hair.

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  1. Ryan -

    Fun story on the value of photography … and surviving high school.

      9.20.11 - 2:50 pm

  2. Kresta -

    Hilarious!!! I wasn’t allowed to watch Smurfs either (witchcraft, ya know)! Didn’t know anyone else besides my sister who wasn’t allowed. 🙂 Oh, and we had very similar bangs too!

      9.20.11 - 2:57 pm

  3. Emily Heizer, Photography with Flair -

    I don’t think it’s bad hair… that’s classic 90’s baby. That’s our generation! Embrace it. lol I didn’t go to my prom… That wasn’t my crowd, I wasn’t into it, and I didn’t have anyone to go with, friend, date or otherwise. I went to my "prom" when I was… 26? 25? And I went to the Barrister’s Ball at my law school, AKA Law School Prom. I got my moment! No posed portraits with the classic backdrop though. Feel a little sad about that. But I got my moment, finally! 🙂

      9.20.11 - 3:03 pm

  4. Tara -

    Oh I love it! haha! So cute!

      9.20.11 - 3:06 pm

  5. Life with Kaishon -

    Look at those nails.
    I think you were beautiful in high school : )
    My Mom always thought the smurfs were bad also. She said Gargoyle represented Satan or something like that. Lots of girls at my school read that book about kissing dating goodbye…my mom didn’t even have to give me the book because boys were not knocking at my door. Hand to heaven : )

      9.20.11 - 3:07 pm

  6. Keiko -

    I read your blog religiously every morning while sipping my cup of tea before trekking off to work. I love the beautiful pictures you take and the photography advice you dole out. But this…THIS is my favorite entry. It’s so sweet and adorable and actually brought a tear to my eye (maybe I’m pms-ing? I get oddly emotionally when I’m pms-ing)…thank you!

      9.20.11 - 3:17 pm

  7. Rachel Tatem -

    Too cute! I was home schooled too but I never went to prom and I didn’t date really either… so I understand. I love that you went with your now husband!

      9.20.11 - 3:19 pm

  8. Stephanie Dunn -

    I love the bangs- ya’ll are too cute!

      9.20.11 - 3:20 pm

  9. Nicole Zaagman -

    Oh Jasmine! With every post I feel more and more like you (aside from us both marrying our high school sweethearts and that we both have adorable boy Maltese doggies)! I was home-schooled too 🙂 This post made me laugh and smile. Yes, a tad dorky, but what a wonderful image to capture the memories of your high school relationship with JD! I love it!!

      9.20.11 - 3:20 pm

  10. Emily -

    LOVE IT!!!! ( :

      9.20.11 - 3:22 pm

  11. Toni -

    You have a good friend there 🙂

      9.20.11 - 3:23 pm

  12. Amanda -

    I love this! I can sympathize with the bangs…I had those really tall ones that swooped over to the side and were sprayed in place with so much hair spray a stiff wind could have picked me up off the ground by them. LOL

      9.20.11 - 3:26 pm

  13. rich -


      9.20.11 - 3:29 pm

  14. Molly W. -


      9.20.11 - 3:30 pm

  15. Johnny -

    haha.. wow.. you know, you just told my story 🙂
    besides that in my case it was my father trying to keep me from "falling" you got it all right ..from the ‘not kissing until maried’ to the ‘little house on the prarie’ and my sister had watched every single series so often that we could react the whole thing!!
    sad but true..
    thanks for sharing 😉

      9.20.11 - 3:33 pm

  16. Gladys jem -

    Hahahah OMG! This photo made my morning.

      9.20.11 - 3:50 pm

  17. LEOLAK -

    You guys were cute even then!! That’s some best friend you got there clearly! =) I love that you wore purple too..I love purple…and I love reading your site everyday for a pick me never fail at bringing a smile to the day. And this…this here…proves it. You’ve been a go-getter from jump…awesome!

      9.20.11 - 3:54 pm

  18. LEOLAK -

    Oh and the smurfs..sorry you got to miss out on that. 🙁

      9.20.11 - 3:56 pm

  19. Kay -

    AWW!!! That is the sweetest thing ever! What a great friend you have!

      9.20.11 - 4:00 pm

  20. Daisy -

    Hey Jasmine!
    I enjoy following your blog and I LOVE seeing the amazing images you share… I know that you’re just poking fun at homeschooling and "kissing dating goodbye", but I just want to give you a gentle reminder that some of your readers come (and happily!) from that kind of conservative background and might take offense to the way you poke fun at it.

    Just a thought…. 🙂

      9.20.11 - 4:16 pm

  21. Sarah B -

    I totally had those bangs in highschool, Jasmine! Rock on! Can’t wait to meet you in November! 🙂

      9.20.11 - 4:17 pm

  22. Ann Steward -

    I lovvvvve this so much! Adorable!!!

      9.20.11 - 4:17 pm

  23. Emily -

    Love it! To cute!

      9.20.11 - 4:18 pm

  24. Brittani -

    awww, lil J and JD. =) Soul mates? u can tell. She sounds like a great friend.

      9.20.11 - 4:18 pm

  25. Abby Grace -

    Oh my land, this is awesome. No worries about your bands- JD’s hair is enough of a throwback for the both of you! Also, my mother wouldn’t let me watch The Smurfs either. Because of Gargamel.

      9.20.11 - 4:19 pm

  26. Marinda -

    Awe!! Too sweet. You two could still pass for those high school kids! lol I wasn’t allowed to watch the Smurfs either… witchcraft. haha

      9.20.11 - 4:20 pm

  27. Jen Owens -

    Oh this is gorgeous! I love it! You guys look so cute 🙂

      9.20.11 - 4:20 pm

  28. angel pope -

    what a great friend! you have some great stories!

      9.20.11 - 4:20 pm

  29. Amy Jo -

    I adore this post, it put the biggest grin on my face. I love that you watched little house on the prairie, and I love that you posted your prom story/picture for all to see. You two seriously are the cutest. The two of you together makes me more in love with love.

      9.20.11 - 4:20 pm

  30. Karen K Dickey -

    Love this! (I think we have the same mother.) Little House on the Prairie every day. Did you read the Christy Miller series too?

      9.20.11 - 4:21 pm

  31. Joy Damm -

    Oh. my. gosh! Jazzy & JD at prom?! This is too awesome! And you two look stinkin’ adorable…bad hair and all. 😉

      9.20.11 - 4:22 pm

  32. Kacie Lynch -

    Ahhh I love the bad hair! 🙂 How sweet of your friend!

      9.20.11 - 4:22 pm

  33. angela young -

    I love this!! 🙂 you guys are so cute!! even cuter now–the bangs wouldn’t be my concern…those nails are what scares me!! yikes!! LOL! 🙂

      9.20.11 - 4:23 pm

  34. Kate Peter -

    I love it! I have the dorky prom photo with my husband too!

      9.20.11 - 4:24 pm

  35. Mel Carpenter -

    Wow! We had very similar upbringings. 🙂 I couldn’t watch the Smurfs, have seen every episode of Little House (x5), I know the exact book you are talking about, and I had similar experiences with prom. I thought I was the only one who experienced that kind of childhood/teen upbringing. 🙂 Glad you shared this. 🙂

      9.20.11 - 4:24 pm

  36. Emily -

    Oh my word Jasmine- Smurfs were not allowed in our home school household either- and I had the pleasure of attending several Joshua Harris "I kissed Dating Goodbye" events. But "Little House on the Prairie" at least exposed me to the wonderful power of TV 🙂 Oh Lord, how do we ever relate to normal society?

      9.20.11 - 4:25 pm

  37. Kathryn Brown -

    So cute, I know exactly how you feel. Our prom pictures are priceless but really makes looking back seem sooo ancient. Thanks for sharing and here’s to high school sweethearts that make it! xoxo 🙂

      9.20.11 - 4:26 pm

  38. Danielle -

    You guys are, like, 10 degrees of presh.

      9.20.11 - 4:26 pm

  39. Lisa B. Photography -

    Love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image…
    You two were destined to be together — I mean, you can’t get any cuter than you two! 🙂

      9.20.11 - 4:27 pm

  40. crystal -

    brought back amazing memories! Went to prom w/ my now husband… and oh the pictures I could dig up of my own "bad bangs!" We used to look at our parent’s HS photos and laugh, thinking we looked so much better at the time. Now look at us laughing at ourselves! Yes, pictures are priceless!!

      9.20.11 - 4:28 pm

  41. Ana Gabriela -

    OHHHHH MY GOD!!!! this is like the best post ever! you guys are amazingggg!

      9.20.11 - 4:28 pm

  42. Ali -

    I love this post. I married a homeschooled guy. His mom gave us "I Kissed Dating Goodbye"…when we started dating. *awkward* And I love your friend for giving you money to buy this gem.

      9.20.11 - 4:30 pm

  43. Niurka -

    The hair is fantastic! Topped only by the dark lipliner used to line your pretty pout. Ah the 90’s!

      9.20.11 - 4:31 pm

  44. Bethany -

    Love it! My husband was home schooled and also has a huge commitment to Laura Ingles. Its intense. I myself wasnt allowed to watch the smurfs either! Your best friend seems to have nailed it with that gift for photos. Keeper!

      9.20.11 - 4:31 pm

  45. Trayc -

    I love this post…and yes…I got the Kiss Dating Goodbye book too. I still have it. Its never been opened. Maybe I will give it to my daughter.

      9.20.11 - 4:32 pm

  46. Meghan Stewart -

    OMG! I thought I was the only one who was homeschooled and not allowed to watch the Smurfs! I’m still so out of the loop when it comes to the pop culture of my time. 🙁

      9.20.11 - 4:32 pm

  47. Andrea -

    Thank you for sharing YOUR personal story and experience. Our upbringing affects us all in different ways and it’s great to see how all the pieces have made you the awesome you that you are. I can tell by your hair that you were post 80’s and early 90’s… so it’s definitely not as bad as mine :). You guys are amazing.

      9.20.11 - 4:38 pm

  48. Angi Davis -

    You are SO my hero! How brave was this??!! And how cute are the two of you?? Nice!!

      9.20.11 - 4:43 pm

  49. Manya Keseloff -

    Awesome! Good for you for posting this. You are both so cute! That is def prom hair but looks good. Good bangs, glad they aren’t cha-cha bangs. I had those and used Aquanet!

      9.20.11 - 4:45 pm

  50. natt -

    LOVE IT!!! Check out JD’s hair!!! =D

      9.20.11 - 4:47 pm

  51. Emma Godfrey -

    Such a cute picture of the two of you. Your best friend is amazing!

      9.20.11 - 4:47 pm

  52. Kimberly Anne -

    You are such a GENUINE soul!! Thanks for being awesome…even with those bangs 😉

      9.20.11 - 4:51 pm

  53. Ronderick Henry -

    Jasmine those bangs are BANGING girl!!!

      9.20.11 - 4:52 pm

  54. Brynn -

    I wasn’t allowed to watch the Smurfs either!!! I thought I was the only one!

      9.20.11 - 4:59 pm

  55. Megs -

    LOVE THIS! JD is unrecognizable by the way but you look lovely (and I like your hair… does that date me?)

      9.20.11 - 5:02 pm

  56. Gricel Robles -

    This makes me want to dig up my high school prom photo! My hair was similar to yours except the bangs part. Oh the good ol days. Its always good to reminisce on where you were to where you are now =)

      9.20.11 - 5:03 pm

  57. Ala Cortez -

    this photo is so great! and I love that your friend gave you money. so sweet!!

      9.20.11 - 5:03 pm

  58. Carrie K -

    That picture is absolutely awesome! LOVE IT. Awkwardness and everything!

      9.20.11 - 5:04 pm

  59. Chris Rowe -

    Love this post – both for the hair (I’ve seen worse) and the sentiment. You know who your friends are when they do things like that.
    I work in a school and after seeing the poor (and expensive) job our hired "professional" did a few years ago we decided to do the prom photos ourselves. Had an SLR, bought flash heads and a background and have upgraded the gear every year – now up to a 5D MkII after four years. I run a studio setup upstairs and we have a team of trained students and staff taking photos of all the arrivals and dancing etc. We charge the kids £5 (about $8) for an 8×10 and a disc containing all the master shots – 3000+ last year – and a video of their arrivals. It’s the last thing we can really do for our students and I think it’s so important that the memories of their evening are affordable.

      9.20.11 - 5:04 pm

  60. Gail -

    There aren’t enough words for the awesomeness of this post.


      9.20.11 - 5:08 pm

  61. The New Diplomat's Wife -

    you are too funny. and you look great – very a propos for the time. and i still had braces on during my prom so who cares ? it’s historical documentation.

      9.20.11 - 5:11 pm

  62. Kate Douthwright -

    Hey, look at the brightside, at least your bangs are continuous! Hah! You guys are the cutest couple in existence, fa real!

      9.20.11 - 5:23 pm

  63. Tanya Petraglia -

    Ohh Jasmine, Your beautiful, inside and out.

      9.20.11 - 5:30 pm

  64. Ansley Braverman -

    Very sweet to think of you not being able to afford that photo, and then becoming a photographer! Thanks for sharing Jasmine.

      9.20.11 - 5:34 pm

  65. Sharon -

    LOL! I LOOOVE this post. And I totally read that book your mom gave to you. 😉 Apparently it was THE book to read among our high school church group! 😛

      9.20.11 - 5:34 pm

  66. Dana Fiorito -

    I loved this. I especially loved Ali’s comment (# 1, I do believe) because that’s EXACTLY WHAT I’M GOING TO DO when any one of my boys starts dating. And don’t even get me started on which books I have lined up for my daughter.

      9.20.11 - 5:43 pm

  67. Georgina @RubyWeddings -

    OMG – you guys are too cute!!!!

      9.20.11 - 5:44 pm

  68. Sandra Fazzino -

    for some reason, i’m fighting tears right now! look at you both! i don’t know you personally, but i’ve followed your blog for a year or so now, and i just love how cyberspace gives people a chance to connect and learn from each other on a whole other level. today, i was thinking about all of the bad "stuff" in the world, but i’m glad to be reminded of the good. thanks for sharing. xx

      9.20.11 - 5:44 pm

  69. KB -

    I love it!!!

      9.20.11 - 5:57 pm

  70. Alison -

    Thank goodness I am not the only one out there who missed a lot due to TV restrictions- we had to watch the local and national news every night and the only other show we were allowed was the Cosby show and whatever show followed it. I would sneak in soap operas if I stayed home sick. Can’t imagine why my view on the world outside of my tiny town was so off! Just be glad your bangs go down and not up (think aquanet wall) like some of the ones I can dig out! Thanks for sharing this!

      9.20.11 - 5:58 pm

  71. Raymond Vestal -

    In order to be able to afford a tuxedo for my prom I had to hand over the title to my truck to the tux rental store. Once I paid off the tux I got my title back. Oh high school. Good times.

      9.20.11 - 6:00 pm

  72. MartaV -

    Awwwww! You two were so adorable(and still are :-)). And yay to amazing friends who are there for you.

      9.20.11 - 6:03 pm

  73. Victoria O'Connor -

    Thanks Jasmine and JD!! What a great story and photo to share!!

      9.20.11 - 6:11 pm

  74. Becky -

    Oh, you know you spent at least two hours on your hair. And a full can of aqua net on the bangs! 🙂

      9.20.11 - 6:21 pm

  75. Evie Perez -

    Great picture Jasmine! Ha this is so funny. Love the long nails. I love looking at pics from back in the day, they bring back some good memories!

      9.20.11 - 6:22 pm

  76. Anahy Ruelas -

    Bawhahaha! This picture is so horribly awesome! I love it! =)

      9.20.11 - 6:33 pm

  77. kati -

    Oh…I just love this!!! And your dress totally matches the backdrop! So sweet!

      9.20.11 - 6:36 pm

  78. Jamie -

    JD’s hair is AWESOME.

      9.20.11 - 6:37 pm

  79. Melanie Martin -

    Oh that is just so sweet. And what a lovely friend. In Germany we didn’t have proms, so to me it is a part only known from 80s pop culture films and now High School Musical.

      9.20.11 - 6:38 pm

  80. Denise Prichett -

    Jasmine and JD you two are so cute together!!!!! I think we need a recent picture to go with this one. I remember seeing you and JD on a Mike Colon video tutorial. Love you two together….God Bless!!!!

      9.20.11 - 6:46 pm

  81. Aimee -

    I’m just appalled that you aren’t wearing big earrings. Jasmine! 😉

      9.20.11 - 6:47 pm

  82. sarah danaher -

    1. I was homeschooled
    2. I, too, recevied advice on how to "kiss dating goodbye."
    3. I had bangs… and they looked WAY worse than yours.
    4. I also had no context for my childhood behind Little House on the Prairie. And Bonanza. (Smurfs were scoffed at, Power Rangers were from the devil).

    I love that you have such memories to grow from. =)

      9.20.11 - 6:47 pm

  83. Lea -

    First of all, my sister HAD THOSE SAME BANGS. I had the ‘is that a boy or a girl’ haircut. And I thought my mom was the only one who propagated Joshua Harris books, wouldn’t let me watch Smurfs and indeed, I too was home-schooled. To this day my husband is amazed at my ignorance in relation to cultural references. He wasn’t my high school sweetheart (we met when I was 19) but he is the first and only boy I’ve ever kissed. 🙂 I guess waiting for that wasn’t so bad.

      9.20.11 - 6:48 pm

  84. Marissa Rodriguez -

    THIS. IS. AWESOME!!!!!

      9.20.11 - 6:50 pm

  85. Jessica -

    I think you and I may have had the same mom. In addition to smurfs, I couldn’t watch Ninja Turtles, Care Bears, or participate in anything Halloween. To this day, I tell my mom how amazed I am that I have any friends much less normal friends.

      9.20.11 - 6:54 pm

  86. Bobbie Brown -

    Okay, blaming it on my hormones, but this kinda made me tear up! What a SWEET thing your friend did…wow!

      9.20.11 - 6:55 pm

  87. Jennifer Jar -

    Oh my goodness! JD looks SO Asian with that hairstyle hahaha! You guys are so awesome!!!!

      9.20.11 - 6:58 pm

  88. ashley barnett -

    Your bangs?! What is going on with JD over there?! Hahaha this is great 🙂

      9.20.11 - 7:17 pm

  89. Sissel -

    This post proves what I have always thought of you, you are brave. The photo isn’t that bad. JD looks like a priest though.

      9.20.11 - 7:43 pm

  90. Jessica Brunette -

    YAY for high school sweethearts! I have almost the exact photo of me and my husband from our prom.. married almost 15 years now – and I LOVE that the hairstyle and clothing trends have changed for the better! …let’s not go back there.

      9.20.11 - 7:45 pm

  91. Emily C. -

    Wow. This sounds exactly like my family. My mom has that dating book, and, yes, she owns all the seasons of Little House on the Prairie. You gotta love home-teached people.

      9.20.11 - 7:52 pm

  92. Natalie -

    I can TOTALLY relate! My sister had a huge crush on Joshua Harris (of I Kissed Dating Goodbye) which was probably somewhat counterproductive 🙂 I was homeschooled until highschool and even now, when my husband talks about pop culture from the late 80’s and early 90’s I draw a blank. He just points and laughs. What a great gift your friend gave you and JD – I’m sure she never thought she was helping you capture a memory you and your husband would forever cherish. Just pure awesome!

      9.20.11 - 7:54 pm

  93. a little bit of whimsy photography -

    as per your usual = touching.. kudos to Brianna.. what an awesome relationship you have with everyone around you.. JD included.

      9.20.11 - 7:54 pm

  94. kristin Nicole -

    So glad to know I wasn’t the only one with those bangs!

      9.20.11 - 8:06 pm

  95. jessica vidmar photography -

    how sweet : )

      9.20.11 - 8:17 pm

  96. Adriana Morett -

    OMG!! This photo is SO cute!!! It makes me love you guys even more! I have one like that with my now husband and we look SO BAD! lol love your blog more and more each day!!! please never stop blogging!! xoxo

      9.20.11 - 8:42 pm

  97. AmandaEvansImages -

    I love that you share your personal life…..

      9.20.11 - 8:58 pm

  98. Faith Cherisse -

    You two have come a loooong way since H.S Jasmine!! So awesome that you got to do it together 🙂 We all had hairstyles that we aren’t proud of.

      9.20.11 - 9:00 pm

  99. Chelsea -

    I would have so been totally jealous of those bangs in high school. Perfect height and curve. Love it.

      9.20.11 - 9:21 pm

  100. Jordanne Fallon -

    Oh. My. Gosh. My parents were serious about us dating at 30 as well… also, I couldn’t watch the smurfs either!! And MTV and VH1 were Out. Of. the. Question!

    I love this picture, and I love that you valued pictures even then! I understand that feeling. I scrapped together all the change I could and did chores so I could buy this tiny blue digital camera, that you couldn’t even see the pictures on until you plugged it in to your computer. It was the ghetto fab camera. But I wanted to document life.

      9.20.11 - 10:18 pm

  101. Alexis -

    My parents stressed the importance of education over dating too.

    I must say, it paid off!

    I’m happy you got your fairy tale moment (going to the prom with the boy of your dreams) that turned into a happily ever after (marrying the man of your dreams and pursuing your passion in your career dreams together).

    Your story is what dreams are made of 🙂 Best wishes Ms. Star! 🙂

      9.20.11 - 10:54 pm

  102. Chloe -

    This is priceless! Look how proud he looks. What a super sweet post.

      9.20.11 - 11:04 pm

  103. Averie -

    Young love and bad hair..that is so cute 🙂

    And you look adorable in that picture!!

      9.20.11 - 11:24 pm

  104. Whitney Schey -


      9.21.11 - 12:36 am

  105. brianna -

    probably the smartest investment I ever made… look at the dividends it’s paying me now. 🙂 love you more than crumble toppings on muffins. xo

      9.21.11 - 12:39 am

  106. kristin @ petal and thorn -

    the florist in me zeroed right in on those ginormous corsages, and the ferns placed awkwardly in front. you guys were and are adorable!

      9.21.11 - 12:50 am

  107. Danielle Ignatenko -

    I very much relate to the whole home-school dorkiness, bangs, Smurfless childhood and "Kiss[ing] Dating Good-Bye." It resonated so well with me that I though you were talking about my childhood =).

      9.21.11 - 12:53 am

  108. bobbi -

    i love EVERYTHING about this post… to INCLUDE that hair! You win at life 🙂

      9.21.11 - 12:56 am

  109. Charity -

    "I Kissed Dating Goodbye"….I had to read that back in the day!!!

      9.21.11 - 1:25 am

  110. Naomi -

    Ha, love it! I wasn’t allowed to watch the Smurfs, either. Classic prom picture. 🙂

      9.21.11 - 2:27 am

  111. Ana Telma -

    This gave me goose pumps and teary eyes… As usual! It’s magical to see you guys so young and so in love, just as you are till now. Congratulations on such a great love!!!!

      9.21.11 - 2:34 am

  112. Lindsay, Schaffer Photography -

    My husband and I were high school sweethearts and I love that we went to proms and homecoming dances together (and have the embarrassing photos to prove it)! It’s amazing to look back at those photos now because we’ve been together now for over 10 years!!

      9.21.11 - 2:56 am

  113. Mom -

    I wasn’t that bad……was I? Love, Mom

      9.21.11 - 4:03 am

  114. Anna -

    What!? I thought I was the only one not allowed to watch smurfs!? And now I see I have a sisterhood out there of girls deprived of this childhood wonder! Ha! Love the pic…I especially love the hint of ferns;)

      9.21.11 - 4:35 am

  115. Sindy -

    Such a sweet story 🙂

      9.21.11 - 4:51 am

  116. Amelia Rhea -

    I have a feeling I know of the book your mom told you to read. I actually read the next book the author wrote about how boy meets girl. And it was what kept me on the journey of finding the one, and waiting for my shyguy. =)

      9.21.11 - 4:55 am

  117. Robyn Swallow Photography -

    One Word…. Priceless

      9.21.11 - 5:55 am

  118. Christa Hann -

    Ha ha love it!!! But shows how one photo means sooooooo much no matter how many years later 🙂

      9.21.11 - 9:10 am

  119. Joe Anna -

    Oh my God I love it!! 🙂 I shudder when I look back at my high school stuff but how sweet! That photo is priceless.

      9.21.11 - 4:09 pm

  120. Cristina Rossi -

    Totally priceless and so adorable! xx

      9.21.11 - 5:15 pm

  121. Andria Lavine -

    Made me smile 🙂

      9.21.11 - 6:01 pm

  122. Nicole Glazier -

    I’m sorry Jasmine, but your hair is WAY better than JD’s in this pic!! 🙂 Thanks for sharing! I love it! You both look almost exactly the same then as you do now, only now there’s no sign of the 90’s in you guys. 🙂

      9.21.11 - 6:21 pm

  123. April -

    Oh long lost sister……My mom bought me the same book (and every other Joshua Harris book thereafter) I couldn’t watch the Smurfs either :(, and being from South Dakota I have watched enough Little House on the Prarie to last a lifetime. Luckily she also let me go to prom with my boyfriend of 7 years:) And you better believe I bough me a second hand dress and my nails were bought at Walmart haha! I really wasn’t that redneck, just resourceful…that sounds better. Have a blessed day!

      9.21.11 - 6:35 pm

  124. Lori Lee -

    Oh J* I LOVE YOU!

      9.21.11 - 10:22 pm

  125. Barbara -

    That was wonderful!! You know… for pictures. You’re surrounded by love!

      9.21.11 - 11:00 pm

  126. Robin Dodd -

    What an amazing friend! This picture is so great! Thanks for sharing

      9.22.11 - 12:18 am

  127. feuza -

    this is EPIC, love it!!! and love what your friend did for you, my mom did not let me go away for prom, instead she made me and my prom date who came from out of stated attend church on sunday

      9.22.11 - 12:56 am

  128. cheryl -

    Kindness is always memorable. What a special gift and you have made quite a habit of paying it forward. I almost can’t believe you and jd have "evolved" into the cool hair models you both are!

      9.22.11 - 1:16 am

  129. Jessica -

    …did you drug me and then steal the rights to my life story or something??? Seriously, this is just creepy.

      9.22.11 - 1:18 am

  130. Becca -

    I was hoping there would be a picture when I clicked on the post! I LOVE it!! This picture is so fun! Love your posts as always!

      9.22.11 - 3:00 am

  131. Via [The Life Stylist] -

    Oh, Jasmine Jasmine Jasmine! You are just too cute! And, forget the bangs, I can’t get over JD’s slick!


      9.22.11 - 6:42 am

  132. School Ball Photographer -

    Hey Jasmine. I do a heap of ball (prom) photography. It’s fun and I love it. I also take it really serious for this very reason. It is an incredibly important moment in every young adults life – so I do my best knowing that these photos will be cherished in decades to come. Most of my commercial work is disposable forgotten in a couple of weeks! Nigel.

      9.22.11 - 11:31 am

  133. Wedding Photographer Essex -

    It’s great that you got a photo to remember the day by, but yeah not a great photo, you look a little tense – not surprising though I guess.

      9.22.11 - 12:15 pm

  134. claudia -

    omg…. look at jd’s haircut…. ha ha….
    you guys are so cute.

      9.22.11 - 4:06 pm

  135. Erin -

    Ha. My mom wouldn’t let me watch smurfs either… and my dad was totally on-board with your mom’s idea to not date. How funny.

      9.23.11 - 12:34 am

  136. Danielle DeRosa -

    Love this post! Love the bangs!! Love it all!

      9.23.11 - 5:08 pm

  137. Cherie Renee -

    Oh my goodness I totally felt like I was ready about my life as I read this post, lol! My mom also shoved the kiss dating goodbye book at me as a teenager & also wouldn’t let me watch the smurfs plus little house on the praire was a must watch show in our household! In addition to all that…we were also homeschooled! No matter how I begged my mother would not even think of letting me go to public school even though we live in a very small town & nothing ever happens in our school system! I now am the proub mother of a school student & am determined to allow her the freedom to experiance the things I was not able to but am also very glad for my upbringing for it grounded me in all the right areas : ) God bless you Jasmine as you continue to share your personal life with others & are a light to those around you both personally & proffesionally!

      9.23.11 - 5:09 pm

  138. Jennifer Creeden -

    NUH UH!!! That’s hysterical! Young love that LASTED…..oh ya and bad hair for sure! But you’re not the only one!!!JD kind of looks like he could roll in prison or something! LOL

      9.23.11 - 9:20 pm

  139. seabass -

    Oooh my gosh you really posted this…
    LOL! I never thought you would post such things. I thought this never would see the light of day haha.

      9.24.11 - 6:29 pm

  140. Tabitha Blue -

    Oh my goodness!! (you know, ’cause we couldn’t say oh my god.) That was ME! And that book? Yup, my mom bought that for me too. The Smurfs and Scoobie Doo? Forget it, there was no way I could watch it, hahaha. Love your story 🙂

      9.25.11 - 7:19 pm

  141. Jonni -

    Jasmine – You guys look awesome and thanks for sharing your story. What a wonderful group of family members and friends you and JD have in your lives and I love that you guys have always been each others sweethearts.

      10.2.11 - 9:40 pm

  142. Elaine -

    I just had to comment. What an awesome friend you have that would give you a $100 "for pictures". That brought me to tears. Wow…that is a true friend.

      10.5.11 - 1:39 pm

  143. Janet -

    I’m gushing over this post…so sweet! I just love prom pictures! LOL!

      10.7.11 - 1:37 pm

  144. Corinna -

    Too hilarious!! My mom and dad totally bought me that book for Christmas one year (among other similar books!). I think it was required reading for me and all my sisters (there are 5 of use). Crazy times!

      10.8.11 - 7:07 am

  145. bryan -

    Love it! made me smile

      11.3.11 - 9:26 pm

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