When you come back, you snap into that strange nostalgia.”And the church!There are nuns here at Sacred Heart Chapel who taught Swift in kindergarten. It’s the morning of the wedding, and I am riding in an SUV with Swift and her mother, Andrea.It is the kind of quaint, Norman Rockwell–ian detail that sounds a bit too precious, too good to be true. Soon we arrive at a clearing with a barn and a small farmhouse. Taylor and Andrea have not made any calls or arrangements about visiting.It’s going to be a random drop-in from a pop star, like the Taylor Swift Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes or something. The man’s name is Dave Schaeffer, and he has lived here with his wife, Debbie, for about six years.They now look tall enough for Christmas at Rockefeller Center.
To be clear: I’m not saying the people in this church aren’t aware that Scott and Andrea’s kid turned into, you know, —it’s hilarious to watch the flower girls try to keep it together, and the nuns seem pretty jazzed, too—but that’s not the story today. And the only evidence that the maid of honor is you-know-who is the paparazzi who have gathered at the bottom of the hill, hoping to snag a photo with their long lenses. A treasured footnote to the Taylor Swift backstory is that she spent much of her childhood being raised at, of all places, a Christmas-tree nursery called Pine Ridge Farm. “So I’ve been a big disappointment.”“I’ve gotten over the bitterness, finally,” Andrea says sarcastically.
Taylor Swift wears a Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane dress and Vetements boots.
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Taylor notices a man stepping into his car in the driveway. The man immediately gives what can only be described as a Holy crap–it’s–Taylor Swift look. He invites us to have a look around, and we all pile out.“This must really bring back some memories,” Dave says.“Yeah, this is crazy,” Taylor says.
We pull up alongside, and Andrea rolls down her window. She surveys the fields behind the driveway, which include a small grove of pine trees her parents once planted.