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LBI Region Wedding Road Show

10th Annual LBI Region Wedding Road Show

The Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce (SOCC) is proud to announce the 10th anniversary of their annual LBI Region Wedding Road Show. The event will be held on Sunday April 22nd, 2018 and is free to the public, registration is highly encouraged. The roadshow will consist of a self-guided tour through a variety of participating venues in the LBI region.

This complimentary event will feature samples, tastings and many chances to win giveaways! Brides and potential party-throwers will have the opportunity to meet directly with vendors and venue coordinators, enabling them to take advantage of booking right at the event. Venues that will be open with showcases include: the SeaShell Beach Resort, Surf City Yacht Club, The Surf City Hotel, The Brant Beach Yacht Club, Parker’s Garage and Daymark. Road Show attendees are encouraged to pre-register to make check-in quicker on April 22.

The Mainland at the Holiday Inn in Manahawkin will be the registration and check-in location, where all attendees will go to begin the day. Check-in begins at 9 AM, and The Mainland will provide breakfast and tours of their wedding venue and guest rooms. Registered attendees will be given a map of participating locations to then depart on their own for touring and tastings scheduled throughout the day. Road Show touring hours are from 10 AM – 4 PM and check-in will be open until 1 pm.

In addition to the many prizes and giveaways, there will be an opportunity for all who complete the entire itinerary to enter to win an Anniversary Overnight package for a luxury stay at The Mainland. Media sponsors who will also be providing swag throughout the day include NJWedding.com, Elegant Bridal, Wedding Set Go, Celebrations Guide and B98.5 FM. The event has also been supported through a grants by NJ Division of Travel and Tourism since its inception in 2008.

Register in advance for this award winning event by going to VisitLbiRegion.com, contacting Southern Ocean County Chamber directly at (609) 494-7211, or by stopping into the visitor center at 265 W Ninth Street in Ship Bottom. Follow them on social media for updates @LBIWeddingRoadShow.

Taylor Swift Crashes New Jersey Wedding

By Kenneth Barilari

A New Jersey couple got the surprise of a lifetime at their wedding on Saturday.

Taylor Swift surprised newlyweds Max Singer and Kenya Smith by showing up to their wedding and serenading them with an acoustic version of her hit song “Blank Space.”

Max’s sister Ali had contacted Swift months back asking the singer if she would attend the wedding. The idea came after the passing of her and Max’s mother. Max and Kenya held a private ceremony in his mother’s hospital room so she could be present for his wedding. “Blank Space” was the soundtrack to their mother-son dance.

The wedding took place at Brant Beach Yacht Club in Ship Bottom, New Jersey.

Guests have taken to Twitter and Facebook to post videos of the superstar performing at the reception.


Swift took time to pose for photographs with the bride and groom, as well as their families.


The singer even posted some of the photos on her official Instagram page.

Third wheel ?

A photo posted by Taylor Swift (@taylorswift) on

Congratulations Max and Kenya!!

A photo posted by Taylor Swift (@taylorswift) on


Swift gave the couple a personalized card with her lyrics “So it’s gonna be forever,” written in watercolors and the wedding date underneath. Surrounding the lyrics is a floral circle, with the names of the bride and groom on each side.


The wedding’s DJ Mike Klebacher took to Facebook to share his feelings about the singer’s attendance. “I’m so happy for our wedding couple, and am enamored for Taylor doing this for such a great reason. Wow!” he said.

Brant Beach Yacht Club shared on Facebook, “We always knew BBYC weddings were special.” They then congratulated the newlyweds.

Thanks to Taylor, this couple’s special day became even more magical. It’s a love story, and Taylor Swift just said yes.

#HipNJWeddings: The Park Savoy

#HipNJ is home to some of the best wedding locations and vendors in the world, and #HipNJWeddings will introduce you to the top contacts in the industry.

#HipNJ’s Peter Falzo was recently married at The Park Savoy Estate in Florham Park, and we chose this elegant location to say “I Do” to our newest series!

The Park Savoy recently underwent a multi-million dollar renovation and restoration, and the mansion is a superb blend of contemporary glam and timeless architecture.  Brides can perfect their look in the “Great Gatsby”-inspired bridal suite, while guests can mingle on the sweeping patio or by the cozy fireplaces. The rich decor- coupled with grounds’ lush, sweeping landscapes- provides newly married couples the quintessential storybook setting for their fairytale day!  (Click here to view their photo gallery).

Peter toured the historic venue and learned how The Park Savoy was originally an enclave for the upper echelon of the population.  (The mansion was even a speakeasy at one point!)

Peter also spoke with the three owners- long-time #HipNJ business partners Barry Maurillo, Joe Maurillo and Vito Cucci, of Nanina’s in the Park fame. Over some of the Chef’s notable selections, the foursome chatted about the various events that the mansion hosts (weddings, parties, or corporate functions for 400) and why they take pride in hosting #HipNJ citizens’ most special occasions.

Joe Maurillo also spoke about a charity he and his business partners support, the Cheer Me Up Foundation, a non-profit organization that aids underprivileged and ill children.

For more information on the Park Savoy Estate, visit their website or call (973)-377-7100.