Desert Vista High School junior Chelsea Cook knows about prom. Though this year was her first to attend, she’s seen both of her older siblings go through the process of getting ready for the big night.

"I think when you have older siblings you know how it all works," said Cook's mom, Mary Diedrich.

"She’s been waiting years to do this, it’s her time to shine."

Cook, 17, spent a quiet afternoon at home with Diedrich after getting her hair done at Great Clips and picking up her date's boutonniere.

She sat in the bathroom of their quaint Ahwatukee home near Club West as she delicately applied each of her press-on nails in a French manicure design, her hair styled in spiral curls with two thin braids clipped in the back with a barrette.

"What time do I put my dress on?" Cook asked.

"Do you have anything else you need to do?” Diedrich inquired.


"Then it’s time.”

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