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Inside The Wedding Taylor Swift Crashed (HipNJ Exclusive)

By Kenneth Barilari

Earlier this week, we told you about how Taylor Swift surprised a lucky New Jersey couple at their wedding, giving a surprise performance and taking photos with guests.

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Now, #HipNJ has an exclusive inside look, thanks to the Brant Beach Yacht Club in Ship Bottom.

We had the opportunity to speak with Michele Kondash, the Club’s Assistant General Manager, about the occasion from the venue’s perspective.

Just a quick recap: Taylor surprised the couple, Max Singer and Kenya Smith, after receiving a letter from the groom’s sister, Ali. The idea came after the passing of Max’s mother. Max and Kenya held a private ceremony in his mother’s hospital room so she could see her son get married. “Blank Space” was the soundtrack to their mother-son dance. Ali wrote about this in the letter and asked if Swift would attend the wedding.

We found out that Taylor’s attendance was not just a surprise for Max and Kenya. The venue did not know she was coming either! All they were told is that someone would be coming to surprise the couple. They assumed that it would be a relative or someone special the couple hasn’t seen in a while and wasn’t expecting to come.

brant1When she did find out that the mysterious special guest was superstar Taylor Swift, Michele was in shock and disbelief. “It’s not every day your favorite artist shows up to your work,” she said.

Not being aware of the superstar’s plan to attend meant that there were no special accommodations to make and no secret to keep.

When Taylor stepped into the venue, she greeted the staff members and shook their hands. Michele went on to say that the singer “was very sweet and nice.”

brantweddingWhen asked what Taylor’s coming meant to the venue, she stated that the Club as a whole is “just honored and proud that she was here and created such an amazing memory for the couple.”

So, what exactly did Taylor add to the couple’s special day? “When it comes to weddings or any milestone life event, there’s nothing more heartbreaking than someone you love not being there on your day,” Michele said. “I can’t speak on behalf of Max and Kenya, but I think this surprise was a pretty special silver lining.”

As far as the influence it will have on the venue’s future, “We definitely now have one heck of a story!”

brantlogoiBrant Beach Yacht Club was founded in 1947. It is an ideal venue for private parties, such as weddings, reunions or corporate events. It is well regarded for many reasons including sailing programs, regattas, social activities and charitable endeavors. To learn more, head over to their website.

#HipNJWeddings: Palermo’s Custom Cakes and Bakery

#HipNJ’s Lisa Marie Latino celebrated her wedding this fall, and Palermo’s Custom Cakes and Bakery of Ridgefield Park was responsible for her and her husband’s show-stopping cake!

Lisa Marie chatted with Palermo’s consultant LeighAnn Watson about not only her cake, but the latest styles other 2014/15 #HipNJ brides are ordering.  We found out today’s brides are gravitating towards lace or quilt designs that matches her dress, and they LOVE their bling!

A trip to Palermo’s will be a bright spot for the groom that hates being dragged from vendor to vendor.  Thanks to their generous cake tasting at their (FREE!) consultations, betrothed couples  get to feast on over two dozen cake flavors.  Palermo’s fillings include cannoli, vanilla custard with strawberry, french cream with raspberries, and lemon mouse, with the hottest new flavor being chocolate hazelnut!  Since the average cake has four tiers, you can even have a different flavor for each.

When it comes to timing, Palermo’s Bakery is fresh and spot on. Their cakes are baked the day before the big event, and are delivered on time and photo-ready!

Find out why many couples in the Garden State tap the legendary Palermo’s Bakery for their wedding day and other milestone events by watching our segment!  For more information, visit www.PalermoBakery.com.