Forget about homecoming pictures of high-school-aged couples perched on the curved staircase at somebody's two-story home. A group of 10 guys and girls from the Frisco area staged their homecoming photos inside the furniture store Ikea, and the photos went viral.
"It's been really surreal," says 16-year-old Frisco Heritage High School senior Megan Goulding, who helped organize the group for the Sept. 16 photo shoot.
The photos, taken by Megan's mom, Shandee Goulding, depict a smiling group of guys in suits, women in dresses and heels, hanging out in Ikea as if it were their own home. Adrienne Romney sits on the kitchen counter, pouring a glass of water, while Casey Ehrman tends to a pot on the (cold) stove. Casual.
The group didn't ask for permission from Ikea's managers, and Ikea has not returned a request for comment. "We just kinda walked in," Megan says, "but we were being respectful." She says she and her friends were sure to put their "props" back in their proper places.
The twitter account for @IKEAUSA did tweet at Megan:
She explains that the retail photo shoot was her group of friends' way to do something out-of-the-ordinary the weekend of the big homecoming football game (at which Grapevine beat Frisco Heritage, 66 to 52, bummer).
"After homecoming, people go to crazy parties," Megan explains. Not this crew, she says, many of which are Mormon. "We actually went to our bishop's house," where they swam and played ping-pong.
Based on the success of the Ikea shoot, the group is already scheming for the next photo opp: senior prom.
"It'd be fun to do it again," Megan says. "Maybe for prom in April."