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Exactly 6 months ago this crazy thing happened with @taylorswift…. 👯 And today I finally figured out how to post this gif on Instagram. #ShakeItOff #TaylorsATeam #WayBackWednesday

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Hey taylorswift! Look what my best friend Beth (hella–swift) made for me. Being part of your livestream was such an amazing experience for me and I am so grateful to have been there when you announced Shake it Off to the world. I never was able to truly thank you for choosing me to be one of those 89 lucky Swifties. I hope that you’ll be able to meet Beth (in Tampa) so her and I can freak out. We love you so much. Thank you for always being here Taylor. ❤️

Dream Impossible Things; A night with Taylor Swift

Let’s start from the beginning…

My finace, Andrew, and I both entered a contest on Monday, August  11, 2014, that was posted on Taylor Swifts Facebook page to be in New York City during her live stream on August 18, 2014. On Thursday, August 14, 2014, Andrew and I were having dinner with his brother and his girlfriend at Duffs when Andrew got a call from a New York City number. Just as Andrew was about to answer the phone, it died! Andrew then went to his car to charge his phone just as we asked for the check from the waitress. We paid for dinner and then went to the car and started to drive home as we waited for his phone to turn back on. When his phone finally turned on there was a voicemail waiting. I played the message on speakerphone and listened as Cathy from Taylor Nation said she had “some very fun news” for Andrew. Andrew called Cathy back about nine times over the period of an hour before she returned his phone call. We were sitting in the car in the Dunkin Donuts parking lot when Andrew spoke to Cathy and she told him that he had won the contest to be at the live stream! Cathy went through all the specifics and strict confidentiality policies of accepting this invitation. She told Andrew to be at the Millennium Broadway Hotel between 1pm and 2pm on August 18, 2014. One strict rule she mentioned was that he was not allowed to bring any guests. At the end of the conversation Cathy asked Andrew if he had any questions. At this point Andrew got out of the car and asked Cathy if she had read his submission post. She explained that she had not read the submission so Andrew went on to explain what he had written.  Andrew mentioned that his entire post was about him proposing with the lyrics of Love Story and that our first dance was going to be to Enchanted. He also mentioned that it was my dream to meet Taylor and asked if we could both go or if I could take his place. Cathy said that she would let the management know and that they would get back to him the following day.

Well that was a long night and Friday morning. I was sick with worry and anxious to know what the management staff would say. I prayed so hard that I would be able to go, although I was skeptical of the whole thing in general. It didn’t seem real. On Friday August 15, 2014, Andrew called me around noon and said that the management team had called him and said that we could both go! At this point I was so excited and couldn’t wait for the weekend.

On Sunday August 17, 2014, Andrew and I drove to Brooklyn to stay at his parents’ house in Bay Ridge. We ordered a picture I had edited of Andrew proposing to me in front of the Verrazano Bridge. I had put the exact words that Andrew said to me when he was proposing. “Marry me, Kimberly; you’ll never have to be alone. I love you and that’s all I really know. I talked to your Dad, go pick out a white dress. It’s a love story, Kimee just say …Yes.” 

On the morning of August 18, 2014, we picked up the picture and on the back of the picture I wrote “Andrew and Kim, 9/12/2015”, and the location of our wedding.  We were hoping to give this to Taylor at the live stream.

We left for the Millennium Broadway Hotel at 11:30 am.  We took the subway and arrived at the hotel at about 12:45 pm. We walked into the hotel and in the lobby there were several people waiting and a table set up to the right of the entry. We got into line and were called up to the table individually where a man checked our ID and asked us what the project code. I replied with “Project Hummingbird” and then was led with a group of nine people to an elevator that took us to a conference room. There was high security in the conference room. First, a woman asked for our ID and collected out media releases. Then we were asked to turn over all items such as our phones, cameras, wallets etc. We were then given wrist bands with group numbers on them; Andrew and I were group number 3. We were then screened for any electronic devices and told to have a seat at the tables in the conference room. While walking into the conference room we were greeted by two women. They introduced themselves as Carly and Darby.  The first thing Carly said was “Are you the engaged couple, Kim and Andrew?” After we replied that we were she went on about how they just had to let me come because “you got engaged over her!” I thanked her several times and we then went to go sit down.  Andrew and I were some of the first people in the room and we talked with the people at our table for over an hour before all 89 people went through security.

The other Swifties that were sitting at our table were all so in love with Taylor and her music. It was refreshing to be around people who realize what a wonderful role model and person that Taylor Swift is. We told the people at our table about our story and what had happened and they were all so happy for us. They told us that they had tried to do similar things with trying to get their friend or sister to come but the management had replied no. It just made me that much more appreciative that I was allowed to be there.

After the last people were allowed in, Carly and Darby said that we would have to hold tight for about an hour and then they would let us know more. After sitting for another hour, Carly, Darby and Sierra then came back out and told us to get into our groups that were written on our bracelets. While in our groups we introduced ourselves and told everyone our age, hometown, and what we love most about Taylor and her music.  Carly and Sierra then announced that we would have to do something important before we were allowed to go to the live stream. Carly then played “22” from her iPod and we all danced and sang along. After that song we sang to several more songs then took our seats. The staff would still not tell us where we were going, only that were would have to travel just a short distance.

When it was time for my group to leave, we headed back downstairs to the lobby and then across the street to the ABC studios. We were given a quick snack and then escorted onto an elevator that took us up to the location of the live stream. 

It was so incredible to walk into the room where the live stream was going to take place. There were sheets draped all around the room, a platform in the front with a couch on it, couches and chairs placed all around the room, and several screens on the surrounding walls. Andrew and I got a seat on the last couch on the left hand side of the aisle. I was upset with our seat because it was so far from the stage and it was difficult to see.  We considered moving seats but at that point the other groups had come in and there wasn’t that much time left until the stream started.

We sat there for about 25 minutes and just watched as the crew taped down the carpets and got ready. Three men introduced themselves to us before the stream started but I do not recall who they were.  While waiting, all of us Swifties sang “We Are Never Getting Back Together” and then counted down the last 10 seconds before the live stream. We then watched on the screens as Taylor began the stream with a clip of her on the Empire State Building. Right after that Taylor walked out from the “Roof Access” door in the back of the room. When I first saw her I immediately started to tear up. She then walked right past me and touched my hand as she made her way to the stage. It was such a surreal feeling to be in a room with her.

Taylor than began her live stream and announced her first surprise… “Shake It Off”. The song played over the speakers in the room and we all got up and danced. About halfway through the song Taylor came over to me, grabbed my hands, and pulled me out into the middle of the aisle!! We twirled and danced to her song and I absolutely could not believe it. We danced for about 15 seconds before she moved onto another person. It was so amazing!! After Taylor sat back down, she announced her second surprise…the release of her new album, 1989! She went into detail about how 80’s music has influenced her album and that this is her favorite album. She seemed so happy about the music that she has created and proud of the progress her music has made. She mentioned that she has changed a lot since RED came out and that this album is the perfect reflection of the happy person she has become. After that exciting announcement, Taylor had one more! She announced that she had already filmed the music video for “Shake It Off” and that we would watch it right now! It was such a funny video! It was hilarious to watch Taylor’s reaction to us watching her video. She obviously was very proud and excited about what she had produced!

After watching the video, Taylor went on to answer questions from fans. She talked about her new album, tour and opportunities to meet her. It was all very exciting!! After the live stream ended, Taylor said that she had two interviews to do but was wondering if we would all want to go eat pizza with her after!! Everyone screamed and jumped up and down. Taylor then walked back down the aisle towards Andrew and I and we got to talk to her about her song and how good it was! She then excused herself and then we saw her parents! I yelled out “Mamma Swift” and Andrea came over and gave me a hug and said how excited she was for the song and new album. Before she left she gave me another hug! Then Mr. Swift came over and talked about the song and then pulled out RED guitar picks from his pocket and asked us to pass them around. I took a few and passed the rest forward.

Taylor then came back out and sat down for her interview for GMA. Some parts of the interview were actually kind of awkward but that’s what made it so great! The fact that Taylor is an actual person that has awkward moments! Taylor quickly left after the interview and we were then escorted to coach busses that were waiting outside. We got on our assigned bus and they wouldn’t tell us where we were going. We waited for Taylor to come out from the studio and then our bus started to follow her car. It took about 30 minutes to get to the location. I know nothing about the city but everyone was saying that we were getting closer to where her apartment is. Once we turned onto Franklin Street the bus exploded with excitement!! We all knew that she lived on Franklin Street and that we were going to her apartment.

We got off the bus and got re-screened in the entrance of the building. We then walked up six flights of stairs to her penthouse apartment. Andrew and I stood in the hallway and entrance to her apartment for about 45 minutes before we got to meet her because she was greeting everyone individually!  While waiting, we got to look around her foyer and saw Meredith, a picture of Ed Sheeran flipping the camera off, a birdcage lamp, a birdcage on the floor with antique books and a Grammy in it! There was also a large mirror in a wooden frame leaning up against the wall. There was a staircase to the right and up stairs there were curtains in front of closed doorways. When Andrew and I finally got up to Taylor she gave us each a hug and thanked us for coming over. Some of the conversation is a blur but I remember Andrew introducing me as his fiancé and Taylor instantly knew who we were! She was like “Oh yea, you proposed with the lyrics of “Love Story” and your first dance is going to be to “Enchanted”!” It was so amazing that she knew our story. She then asked us about when the wedding was and we told her September 12, 2015. She said it was nice that we were taking our time and enjoying the engagement. I then replied that “it has been a great process and this was just the icing on the cake!” We also told her that we now have the perfect song to play as the last song at our reception. After that I don’t remember what was said in detail. I thanked her several times and she directed us into her living room to eat pizza and grab a drink.

Andrew and I took some pizza off of her huge family style wooden table that was located directly to the right. We then walked into her kitchen to grab a drink. Perez Hilton was sitting at her island talking with one of her assistants. Andrew and I then just walked around. The room smelled wonderful because there were candles everywhere! Through her kitchen was a sitting room however, we stopped before that because someone was holding her precious little cat, Olivia Benson! She was such a cute little fluff ball! She just sat in my arms and stared at Andrew’s pizza! I then passed her off to another Swiftie who was anxiously waiting to hold her. Andrew and I then walked into the sitting room and found her dad talking to some swifties. He was saying how we are going to absolutely love the new album and that Taylor is so excited for us to hear it. I looked around the room to notice many Polaroid’s of her and her friends on the wall! It was clear how much she values time with her friends. I then went back into the kitchen to notice her cabinets filled with beautiful English bone china, a Kitchenaid mixer on her counter, and several spices. On the wall there was a drawing that Ryan had made for her framed and a chalk board that said “Goodbye Winter”. There was also a cute breakfast nook in the corner.

Back in the living room there was vintage and antique furniture. Her apartment had dark wood and furniture in it. There were several old velvet couches, an old suitcase as an end table, a glass cabinet as a bar table with books and baseballs in it. There was also a wet bar with several bottles of with and liquor in the back left corner of the room. In the back of the room was her piano. It was separated from the living room with a wall that had built in shelves in it all the way up to the ceiling. The Piano room was almost empty, the only thing I noticed in there was a jar full of old baseballs and a candle burning by the window. There was also a bathroom located in the piano room. There was no lock on the door.  I walked in on someone peeing…oops. The faucet was a Kohler vintage-looking faucet. The light fixture in the room was located on the sink vanity. It was similar looking to an old camera flash; she had several of those around the apartment.

Back in the living room was a HUGE vintage birdcage with old books and love sign with vanity lights in it; Very pretty looking. At this point, Taylor was done saying hello to everyone and went into her kitchen to eat pizza and grab another diet coke. Her song came on the radio and she turned up the volume so we could have a dance party with her in her kitchen!!! Taylor then asked to take Polaroid pictures with her in the living room. Everyone rushed out to the living room. At first there were big group pictures with people crowded around her, I got in one of them but Andrew did not. We then went to the back of the line and just sat on her couch for a few minutes while other people got to take pictures with her. Then somehow, she told people to grab her Grammy’s and other awards and hold them for the pictures! There were about 5 people in a group because that’s how many awards there were to hold. Andrew and I then walked around the side of a large group of people and got into a picture with her. I stood right next to her and held her Grammy for “Fearless” while Andrew held her CMA!

After we took the picture I quickly said to her that I have something to give her afterwards.  Andrew and I then got out of the way so other people could take pictures with her. We walked around the house a bit more until we were told it was time to leave. We got in line to say goodbye to her and then realized that she was giving out goodie bags! We gave her a hug as we left and she handed us the bag of merchandise from her new album! As I was leaving, I asked her assistant what I should do if I had something to give to Taylor. She told me to give it to Carly or Sierra downstairs. When we got back onto the bus, we examined what was in the bag. There were several shirts in there that said “Players Gonna Play” and “Shake It Off”. We then got our bags back and Andrew and I got off the bus and asked if we could leave from there.  Sierra said yes and as we were leaving I gave her the picture that I had made of Andrew proposing! We walked down the street and hailed a cab to head to Andrews house. I called Mom to tell her all about it and texted Sally, Grace, Lianna and Sarah. I then got to watch a video that Andrew’s brother, Pete, had recorded a video of me dancing with Taylor and sent it to Andrew’s phone! When we got to Andrews house we told his family all about what happened and then we quickly left because we had a long drive a head of us back to Buffalo! We blasted “Shake It Off” for a lot of the time! I then fell asleep and woke up when we were almost home!

It was the most incredible experience of my life and dream come true!! Thank you taylorswift for all do and for your music. It means more to me than you will ever know! Please don’t forget to save the date!! 

So on Monday I entered a contest to be a part of Taylor Swift’s live stream on Yahoo. On Thursday night, I got the call from @taylornation saying I won but I had to keep it top secret! Today I met Taylor, I got to dance with her on her worldwide live stream, I got to go to her NYC apartment and hold her Grammys, I met Meredith and Olivia and had a conversation with her dad, I got to spend an entire day with amazingly nice people, so thankful right now!!! ❤️❤️❤️ #taylorsateam #taylorswiftyahoo #1989 #shakeitoff

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