LAYTON -- A group of Layton High School boys wanted to make their junior prom memorable.
The group opted for something different, forgoing the traditional limousine ride for a decked-out private school bus that would accommodate their party of 22 students.
In preparation for the dance, Cole Boydstun and Brayden MacKay started tossing around creative possibilities. MacKay remembered that his grandparents owned a school bus they had purchased for family functions. He suggested to the group the idea of taking the bus to prom.
Boydstun jumped on the idea when he realized his parents, who own a local graphic design shop, might be able to wrap the bus with some unique designs.
With only two weeks remaining before junior prom, the students frantically got to work and before they knew it, they had a 36-foot "ride" to prom that would become the talk of the dance -- which was held Friday -- and at school all week.
MacKay's date, Mattie Love, also a junior at Layton High, said quite a few people were talking about the bus in one of her classes Monday.
"They wanted to know who was on the bus, and it was really cool to say that it was us," Love said.
Love didn't know about the bus until just days before the dance. All MacKay told her was that it would be a surprise.
When word about the bus leaked out, Love was a little uncertain about the idea. But she said she was pleasantly surprised when she was escorted by her date along the red carpet into the bus.
Inside, Love said, the bus smelled like flowers, the bus lights were dimmed and romantic lights were strung around, with a disco ball hanging in the middle, glittering under spotlights.
"At first, I was a little concerned, but it was the most amazing thing ever," Love said. "I think it made the guys realize it does take a lot to impress us, and they did it really well."
It was a hit on the night of the dance, as many of the students noticed the bus next to the limousines in the drop-off zone at Weber State University, where the prom was held.
"Everyone kept raving about it," Love said.
Several of the guys in the group were a little nervous about how their dates would feel about the bus, but once they saw it, they were no longer worried.
"We were shocked at how good the bus turned out," MacKay said.
For Boydstun, who only wanted to make sure they did something different, it ended up being one of his best decisions.
"At first I didn't really think it would happen, but once we got going, it was a really cool idea," Boydstun said.