July 1, 2014

Hanging With The Houghs - Derek & Julianne, That Is!!!

Yes, that is Diva #3 (Jennifer) in Derek Hough's arms!!!
How did that happen?...well, here's the whole story...

While acting as an extra on the set of Safe Haven, 
Jennifer met and talked with the film's star, Julianne Hough -
and just fell in love with her!
Jennifer was thrilled because we had been following Julianne
and her brother Derek's dancing careers
since they first appeared on Dancing With The Stars!

When Diva #1 (Deborah) & Diva #2 (Rebekah) heard that
Julianne and Derek's "Move Live Tour" was coming to Raleigh,
they decided to go all out and surprise Jennifer 
with her birthday, Christmas, and all other Holiday gifts
- a VIP ticket to not only see Derek & Julianne's show,

 but to have a photo op with them - 
as well as a Q&A time.

When Jennifer had been on set with Julianne,
she told her about our family business and offered to do a cake for her.
But because of their schedules, Jennifer was not able to get
Julianne's Diva Cake to her before she left town.
So when we gave Jennifer her very special gift,
we decided to bring them that Diva Cake while at the show!!!

So on Sunday, June 29,
with a Chocolate Praline Ganache cake on ice,
we three headed to Raleigh!!!

Jennifer practicing her selfie skills just in case!!!

Jennifer making friends in her VIP section!!!...

...and for those of us in the cheap seats,
we had a real surprise!!! -
Our good friends Lisa and her sister Laura had let
DPAC's computer select their seats before
we ordered ours.  We did the same.
And on the night of the show, we arrived separately,
 only hoping to wave at each other across the crowd.
BUT the computer had assigned seats for the two of us
directly in front of the two of them!!!
What are the odds!!!
- one of those wonderful "Whoa!!!" moments!!!
We had a blast dancing & hoopin it up together!!! 

The show was fabulous!!!
 And how much fun to watch, live, 
so many of Derek & Julianne's signature moves 
and dances we have loved watching on TV!!!

Show over - time to prepare for the photo op -
reapply the Diva Red Lipstick...

...& loosen up with some dance moves of her own!!! ;););)

Yes, ladies, some dreams do come true!!!
Julianne remembered Jennifer and it was like seeing a good friend again...
and when Derek picked her up...well...
(And just to ensure she was really THAT special,
Jennifer spent her Monday off perusing SmugMug,
looking at all the other concert photo op pics to make sure that,
 yes, she was the ONLY one in Derek's arms!!! ;););)

In the Q&A time, after the photo op, Jennifer said it was wonderful
to learn more about Derek & Julianne personally.
They were so warm and kind and interactive.
Because there were 100 people in the VIP group,
with questions limited to only 15,
Jennifer made sure to shoot her arm up to be seen from the back row!
When Julianne called on her -"Hey, Southport!" - Jennifer
was able to tell them that she had brought them a Diva cake!
Derek grabbed Julianne and pretended to bring the
meeting to a close so he could go get the cake -
and the crowd cheered!!!

So after the concert, Jennifer was able to introduce
"the other two Divas"...

...and give her the cake...

...to which she exclaimed, "No s---!!!"
- and then quickly apologized -
but it just cracked us up!!! ;););)

Julianne asked for a photo with the cake...

...and then requested... "Silly Face"!!!

What a perfect end to a perfect day!!!

During the concert, Derek & Julianne encouraged everyone to MOVE!!!

The VIDEO BELOW proves that we were taking their advice
during the show
& long before..

Part I - Watch for Jennifer waving her arms and cheering madly
as Derek walks by her to select a partner from the crowd to dance with him
OK, he didn't pick her, but no hard feelings - he chose well!!!
Part II - Watch little Eve & Stephen, another brother/sister 
dancing duo, strut their stuff. 

Part III - Eve learning from the best - her Mama - 
while they dance to a song of one of our favorite Julianne dances !!! ;););)


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