Professional photographer Julia and TV and film director James had seen enough big productions to know they wanted something really dramatic for their wedding day. So after months of preparation and training, the couple kicked off their reception with a showstopping first dance.
Just like Johnny and Baby did in Dirty Dancing, James and Julia gave a performance to remember that night, nailing every memorable move right down to that legendary lift—with the help of two friends. Their guests loved it, and so have the more than 2 million people who have seen it on YouTube!
James and Julia say they are surprised at the amount of attention the video has gotten—they've even been recognized in other countries! "It's crazy," James says. "I kid you not, I am getting hate mail from potential grooms who said, 'You guys have raised the bar, and my wife-to-be is making me do a dance.'"
Still, Julia says James didn't always have the right moves. "I think James sometimes has trouble walking in a straight line, so this was a bit of a challenge for him."
That's why they had two friends help him with the lift. "I couldn't do the lift by myself," James says. "Look at me. Do I look like Patrick Swayze?"