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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.

#HipNJ Exclusive: Inside The Wedding Taylor Swift Crashed

By Kenneth Barilari

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

Taylor Wedding

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.