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

    September 20th, 2011 at 2:50 pm

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

  2. Kresta

    September 20th, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    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!

  3. Emily Heizer, Photography with Flair

    September 20th, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    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! 🙂

  4. Tara

    September 20th, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    Oh I love it! haha! So cute!

  5. Life with Kaishon

    September 20th, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    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 : )

  6. Keiko

    September 20th, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    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!

  7. Rachel Tatem

    September 20th, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    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!

  8. Stephanie Dunn

    September 20th, 2011 at 3:20 pm

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

  9. Nicole Zaagman

    September 20th, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    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!!

  10. Emily

    September 20th, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    LOVE IT!!!! ( :

  11. Toni

    September 20th, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    You have a good friend there 🙂

  12. Amanda

    September 20th, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    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

  13. rich

    September 20th, 2011 at 3:29 pm


  14. Molly W.

    September 20th, 2011 at 3:30 pm


  15. Johnny

    September 20th, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    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 😉

  16. Gladys jem

    September 20th, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    Hahahah OMG! This photo made my morning.

  17. LEOLAK

    September 20th, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    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!

  18. LEOLAK

    September 20th, 2011 at 3:56 pm

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

  19. Kay

    September 20th, 2011 at 4:00 pm

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

  20. Daisy

    September 20th, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    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…. 🙂

  21. Sarah B

    September 20th, 2011 at 4:17 pm

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

  22. Ann Steward

    September 20th, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    I lovvvvve this so much! Adorable!!!

  23. Emily

    September 20th, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    Love it! To cute!

  24. Brittani

    September 20th, 2011 at 4:18 pm

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

  25. Abby Grace

    September 20th, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    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.

  26. Marinda

    September 20th, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    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

  27. Jen Owens

    September 20th, 2011 at 4:20 pm

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

  28. angel pope

    September 20th, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    what a great friend! you have some great stories!

  29. Amy Jo

    September 20th, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    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.

  30. Karen K Dickey

    September 20th, 2011 at 4:21 pm

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

  31. Joy Damm

    September 20th, 2011 at 4:22 pm

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

  32. Kacie Lynch

    September 20th, 2011 at 4:22 pm

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

  33. angela young

    September 20th, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    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! 🙂

  34. Kate Peter

    September 20th, 2011 at 4:24 pm

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

  35. Mel Carpenter

    September 20th, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    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. 🙂

  36. Emily

    September 20th, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    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?

  37. Kathryn Brown

    September 20th, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    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 🙂

  38. Danielle

    September 20th, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    You guys are, like, 10 degrees of presh.

  39. Lisa B. Photography

    September 20th, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    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! 🙂

  40. crystal

    September 20th, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    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!!

  41. Ana Gabriela

    September 20th, 2011 at 4:28 pm

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

  42. Ali

    September 20th, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    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.

  43. Niurka

    September 20th, 2011 at 4:31 pm

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

  44. Bethany

    September 20th, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    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!

  45. Trayc

    September 20th, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    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.

  46. Meghan Stewart

    September 20th, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    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. 🙁

  47. Andrea

    September 20th, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    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.

  48. Angi Davis

    September 20th, 2011 at 4:43 pm

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

  49. Manya Keseloff

    September 20th, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    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!

  50. natt

    September 20th, 2011 at 4:47 pm

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

  51. Emma Godfrey

    September 20th, 2011 at 4:47 pm

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

  52. Kimberly Anne

    September 20th, 2011 at 4:51 pm

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

  53. Ronderick Henry

    September 20th, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    Jasmine those bangs are BANGING girl!!!

  54. Brynn

    September 20th, 2011 at 4:59 pm

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

  55. Megs

    September 20th, 2011 at 5:02 pm

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

  56. Gricel Robles

    September 20th, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    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 =)

  57. Ala Cortez

    September 20th, 2011 at 5:03 pm

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

  58. Carrie K

    September 20th, 2011 at 5:04 pm

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

  59. Chris Rowe

    September 20th, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    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.

  60. Gail

    September 20th, 2011 at 5:08 pm

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


  61. The New Diplomat's Wife

    September 20th, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    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.

  62. Kate Douthwright

    September 20th, 2011 at 5:23 pm

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

  63. Tanya Petraglia

    September 20th, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    Ohh Jasmine, Your beautiful, inside and out.

  64. Ansley Braverman

    September 20th, 2011 at 5:34 pm

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

  65. Sharon

    September 20th, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    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! 😛

  66. Dana Fiorito

    September 20th, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    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.

  67. Georgina @RubyWeddings

    September 20th, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    OMG – you guys are too cute!!!!

  68. Sandra Fazzino

    September 20th, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    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

  69. KB

    September 20th, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    I love it!!!

  70. Alison

    September 20th, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    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!

  71. Raymond Vestal

    September 20th, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    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.

  72. MartaV

    September 20th, 2011 at 6:03 pm

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

  73. Victoria O'Connor

    September 20th, 2011 at 6:11 pm

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

  74. Becky

    September 20th, 2011 at 6:21 pm

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

  75. Evie Perez

    September 20th, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    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!

  76. Anahy Ruelas

    September 20th, 2011 at 6:33 pm

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

  77. kati

    September 20th, 2011 at 6:36 pm

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

  78. Jamie

    September 20th, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    JD’s hair is AWESOME.

  79. Melanie Martin

    September 20th, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    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.

  80. Denise Prichett

    September 20th, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    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!!!!

  81. Aimee

    September 20th, 2011 at 6:47 pm

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

  82. sarah danaher

    September 20th, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    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. =)

  83. Lea

    September 20th, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    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.

  84. Marissa Rodriguez

    September 20th, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    THIS. IS. AWESOME!!!!!

  85. Jessica

    September 20th, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    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.

  86. Bobbie Brown

    September 20th, 2011 at 6:55 pm

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

  87. Jennifer Jar

    September 20th, 2011 at 6:58 pm

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

  88. ashley barnett

    September 20th, 2011 at 7:17 pm

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

  89. Sissel

    September 20th, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    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.

  90. Jessica Brunette

    September 20th, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    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.

  91. Emily C.

    September 20th, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    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.

  92. Natalie

    September 20th, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    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!

  93. a little bit of whimsy photography

    September 20th, 2011 at 7:54 pm

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

  94. kristin Nicole

    September 20th, 2011 at 8:06 pm

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

  95. jessica vidmar photography

    September 20th, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    how sweet : )

  96. Adriana Morett

    September 20th, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    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

  97. AmandaEvansImages

    September 20th, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    I love that you share your personal life…..

  98. Faith Cherisse

    September 20th, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    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.

  99. Chelsea

    September 20th, 2011 at 9:21 pm

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

  100. Jordanne Fallon

    September 20th, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    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.

  101. Alexis

    September 20th, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    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! 🙂

  102. Chloe

    September 20th, 2011 at 11:04 pm

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

  103. Averie

    September 20th, 2011 at 11:24 pm

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

    And you look adorable in that picture!!

  104. Whitney Schey

    September 21st, 2011 at 12:36 am


  105. brianna

    September 21st, 2011 at 12:39 am

    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

  106. kristin @ petal and thorn

    September 21st, 2011 at 12:50 am

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

  107. Danielle Ignatenko

    September 21st, 2011 at 12:53 am

    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 =).

  108. bobbi

    September 21st, 2011 at 12:56 am

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

  109. Charity

    September 21st, 2011 at 1:25 am

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

  110. Naomi

    September 21st, 2011 at 2:27 am

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

  111. Ana Telma

    September 21st, 2011 at 2:34 am

    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!!!!

  112. Lindsay, Schaffer Photography

    September 21st, 2011 at 2:56 am

    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!!

  113. Mom

    September 21st, 2011 at 4:03 am

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

  114. Anna

    September 21st, 2011 at 4:35 am

    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;)

  115. Sindy

    September 21st, 2011 at 4:51 am

    Such a sweet story 🙂

  116. Amelia Rhea

    September 21st, 2011 at 4:55 am

    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. =)

  117. Robyn Swallow Photography

    September 21st, 2011 at 5:55 am

    One Word…. Priceless

  118. Christa Hann

    September 21st, 2011 at 9:10 am

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

  119. Joe Anna

    September 21st, 2011 at 4:09 pm

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

  120. Cristina Rossi

    September 21st, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    Totally priceless and so adorable! xx

  121. Andria Lavine

    September 21st, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    Made me smile 🙂

  122. Nicole Glazier

    September 21st, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    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. 🙂

  123. April

    September 21st, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    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!

  124. Lori Lee

    September 21st, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    Oh J* I LOVE YOU!

  125. Barbara

    September 21st, 2011 at 11:00 pm

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

  126. Robin Dodd

    September 22nd, 2011 at 12:18 am

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

  127. feuza

    September 22nd, 2011 at 12:56 am

    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

  128. cheryl

    September 22nd, 2011 at 1:16 am

    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!

  129. Jessica

    September 22nd, 2011 at 1:18 am

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

  130. Becca

    September 22nd, 2011 at 3:00 am

    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!

  131. Via [The Life Stylist]

    September 22nd, 2011 at 6:42 am

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


  132. School Ball Photographer

    September 22nd, 2011 at 11:31 am

    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.

  133. Wedding Photographer Essex

    September 22nd, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    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.

  134. claudia

    September 22nd, 2011 at 4:06 pm

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

  135. Erin

    September 23rd, 2011 at 12:34 am

    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.

  136. Danielle DeRosa

    September 23rd, 2011 at 5:08 pm

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

  137. Cherie Renee

    September 23rd, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    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!

  138. Jennifer Creeden

    September 23rd, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    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

  139. seabass

    September 24th, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    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.

  140. Tabitha Blue

    September 25th, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    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 🙂

  141. Jonni

    October 2nd, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    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.

  142. Elaine

    October 5th, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    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.

  143. Janet

    October 7th, 2011 at 1:37 pm

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

  144. Corinna

    October 8th, 2011 at 7:07 am

    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!

  145. bryan

    November 3rd, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    Love it! made me smile