—she took Maack to Reem Acra, where Britany got fitted for her custom hand-embroidered silk-taffeta wedding gown and Taylor for the blush-pink, cap-sleeved chiffon maid-of-honor dress that she has on today (the fitting was also Instagrammed, naturally).Swift has even known the groom, Benjamin La Manna, since kindergarten—she admits to having had a little crush on Ben way back then, when he was “that kid who sat next to me in class with the bowl cut and the Lego lunch box.” Swift hasn’t been to Reading in more than a decade; she was fourteen when she moved with her family to Nashville, on her way to becoming a celebrated country singer-songwriter and later blossoming into one of the biggest pop acts in music history.Returning to the place where you grew up can be a bit of a mind-bender for anyone, and Swift is no different.
Last spring, after Swift accepted Britany’s invitation to be maid of honor via Instagram—kids today!
At 26, Swift is world famous, wealthy, critically celebrated, a style influencer, and a cultural movement unto herself, recognizable everywhere she goes. And yet today, in this chapel atop a hill in Reading, Pennsylvania, Swift is none of those things.
She is the maid of honor at the wedding of her childhood friend Britany Maack.
“It’s such a surreal, emotional thing,” Swift says.
“When you’re a little kid, you’re riding the same roads to school every single day, hundreds of times.
When you come back, you snap into that strange nostalgia.” And the church!