This past Saturday I went back to 8th grade, well sort of. Michael and Kristen’s reception took place at Charles L. Coon Middle School in Wilson, NC, where I went to 8th grade almost 30 years ago! The building was closed the day after we left 8th grade and stayed closed for many years. I thought that they would tear it down, but eventually someone saved it and turned it into apartments and the auditorium became a place that you could rent out for events. Check out my iPhone photos. I am so glad that they didn’t tear it down! What history this building has. My mother, as a little girl, saw Elvis Presley rock the very stage where I was standing. Incredible. It’s also incredible how many memories come rushing back when you enter an old school that you went to. The first thing that I recalled when I looked down that corridor (pictured) was that I was in the lunchroom when I heard about the space shuttle Challenger exploding. Anyway, I’ve gotten WAY off topic, let’s talk about the fun stuff, this wedding!

I have known Michael his whole life. My parents and his parents are great friends. He is a bit younger than I am, but we have stayed in touch and run into each other over the years. I met Kristen earlier this year at their engagement party. They are both great people and make a cute couple! The day started with drinks and food for everyone for about an hour. Once the bridal party arrived, I lined them up and introduced them to JT’s “Suit & Tie”. As the couple entered, everyone went nuts as they went right into their first dance “Make You Feel My Love” by Adele. After that, Kristen danced with her dad to “Butterfly Kisses” and then Michael and his mom danced to “My Wish” by Rascal Flatts. The father of the bride gave a brief welcome and then it was a little more food and drink before I opened up the dance floor.

The dancing mix was all over the place, from beach music classics to Top 40 to old school rap and even Darius Rucker’s version of “Wagon Wheel”. Everyone was partying! It was a great time and I even got to see tons of old friends and lots of Bunns-my mom, dad, cousins, and uncle were all in the house! What a great time. I love Wilson! Congrats to the new Mr. and Mrs. Dempsey!