Photo essay: Iris Albert prepares for the prom

Smiles at one of life’s nicer milestones.

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Sammoy Duncan of Pure Touch Salon in Edgartown helps Iris decide on what manicure to get for prom. — Photo by Siobhan Beasley

Last year, when then-junior Matt Stone asked then-sophomore Iris Albert to the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School junior prom, he posed a giant pink teddy bear wearing a sign around its neck. “Prom?” it said.

Iris said yes.

Now that Iris and Matt have been dating for a year and a half, this year was a given. Iris, 17, is the daughter of Eric and Rhonda Albert, owners of the Oak Bluffs Inn, plays field hockey at the high school, and serves on the school advisory committee. Matt, 18, is a captain of the MVRHS soccer and basketball teams; he’s a senior, and the son of Jeff and Peggy Stone of West Tisbury.

Photographer Siobhan Beasley followed Iris over two days while she got ready for the May 16 prom. Preparations kicked off with mani-pedis at Edgartown’s Pure Touch Salon on Friday, and moved on to Panache Salon in West Tisbury on Saturday for hair and makeup. The couple then met in Chilmark near the Allen Farm for photos, then were off to the prom.