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#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.

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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.

Spring Break 2016 – Top 6 Destinations!

So while this wasn’t the worst New Jersey winter, we’re still craving the warm summer air!

Here’s our picks for our top 2016 Spring Break destinations:

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1. If you’re a college student seeking adventure this Spring Break, live it up in top destinations such as Cancun, Bahamas, Panama City Beach, South Padre Island, Punta Cana, or Inception at Sea; the first ever all-inclusive Spring Break cruise! Get more info HERE!

costarica2. Make the best of 2016’s Spring Break in Costa Rica. Wildlife comes out in March so, take a tour (or a few) in the most beautiful spots of Costa Rica! Get more info HERE!

atlantis-paradise-lagoon-water-boats-bahamas.jpg.rend.tccom.1280.9603. Atlantis Paradise Island Resort is the best place for families to break away from the routine this Spring Break. Be sure to check out special deals they have to offer & start planning your trip to the Bahamas! Get more info HERE!

ranch54. Saddle up on the coolest getaway trip to Rancho de los Caballeros in Arizona! This awesome sleep-away camp is perfect for the family to escape from it all & experience the true outdoors-y life with tons of activities for the kids so you can relax! Get more info HERE!

mexico5. Located near the Mayan ruins and cliffs of Tulum, Amansala Resort is an idyllic spot with white beaches and shady palm trees. But before you climb into the hammock, you’ll be working hard at Bikini Boot Camp, a PERFECT all-inclusive fit getaway for men and women. Get more info HERE!

jamaica6. For the romantics – dig the hip and intimate all-inclusive Caves within Negril’s limestone cliffs. The namesake caves create intimate nooks where guests can make reservations to dine or escape to a private hot tub. There are just 12 cliffside rooms, romantic suites with louvered windows that look out at the sea. Reserve your lovely hideout today! Get more info HERE!