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The Grooviest Night Of My Life

Thanks to State Farm® for sponsoring this post and helping me to remember how my family got in the groove at our wedding! Find out how you can get in the #StateFarmGroove at the end of this post!

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I wasn’t one of those girls who spent her childhood planning a wedding. I don’t remember ever pretending to be a bride, a white sheet on my head like a veil, eager to grow up so that I could be a real life bride. Weddings were, eh, I could take ’em or leave ’em. That is, of course, until my man proposed. Oh, then it was on! All of a sudden, I started to care very much about weddings and couldn’t wait to start planning my own. It wasn’t even about the white dress, the cake, or the flowers, though. I realized that our wedding would be an opportunity to bring our friends and families together to celebrate, not just the union of my husband and me, but that of all of us.

It was the best night of my life.

First of all, the ceremony was beautiful. My husband was so sweet and amazing, my bridesmaids were beautiful, and all of our guests were on time. On top of that, the weather was just right, and the sun had started to set enough to make it feel like we were in a fairytale. Our pastor spoke about love and what it meant to be married, and my heart filled up as I listened, feeling so blessed that I was marrying the person who was made for me. We sealed the deal with a kiss, and I felt like I was floating on a cloud. Everything was perfect. Until we got to the dancing part of the reception.

Then things got epic.

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We had so much fun! After the first dance, the dj turned on the “Cha-Cha Slide” (or “Cupid Shuffle”, or some other line dance), and all of our guests got on the floor and started jamming! There were kids jumping around, folks singing along at the top of their voices, and guys who had loosened up their ties and taken off their jackets so they could really get into it. When my bridesmaids started taking off their heels and putting on flip flops, I felt like things were going pretty good. When my mom and mother-in-law started battling it out on the dance floor, I knew for sure our wedding was a success!

Even though I didn’t grow up fantasizing about my dream wedding, I was blessed enough to have one anyway. My wedding was the first time I met a lot of my husband’s friends, and his first time meeting much of my family, including my stepmother who passed away a few months afterwards. We are so grateful that we had the chance to bring everyone together to laugh, create memories, and yes, to dance!

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Do you want a chance to create an amazing memory of your own at the 2015 ESSENCE Festival®, presented by Coca-Cola®? State Farm Insurance is inviting you to get in the #StateFarmGroove! Just share photos or videos of your best dance moves through your Instagram account and by visiting for a chance to win a VIP trip to the 2015 ESSENCE Festival®, presented by Coca-Cola®! Here’s how you enter with the 2 step entry process:

  • Submit (1) one photo or (1) one 15-second (00:00:15) video to Instagram with your best dance moves using #StateFarmGroove and #ContestEntry for a chance to win a VIP trip to the 2015 ESSENCE Festival®, presented by Coca-Cola®!
  • Visit and click on “Connect To Enter” to verify submission.
  • This #StateFarmGroove contest ends June 15, 2015.

Need a little incentive to get in the #StateFarmGroove? I am giving one Mama Knows It All reader a $50 gift card to use towards creating your next significant life moment! Just let me know your favorite memory of dancing! The giveaway for this gift card ends on June 5th at midnight. Good luck!

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 Disclosure: This is a sponsored post, all opinions are 100% my own.

Kimberly Hilbert

Friday 5th of June 2015

My favorite dance themed memory is dancing with kids in physical therapy. So much fun!

Susan Smith

Friday 5th of June 2015

Dancing with my husband at our wedding is my favorite memory


Friday 5th of June 2015

My first dance with my husband.

Stephanie Phelps

Friday 5th of June 2015

Dancing with my kids in the living room and how much fun we had

Trisha McKee

Friday 5th of June 2015

Meeting my love at a club. Dancing all night.