Someone just said ‘yes’ to an Eras Tour stop – and breaks down everything that happened in Taylor Swift’s big stage moment. Rene Hurtado, a 30-year-old California native who serves as the director of workplace operations for a tech startup, married Max Bochman, 32, during the second night of Swift’s Eras Tour at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, AZ, March 18, she confirms to POPSUGAR. Their maid of honor performed the wedding after being ordained in the state for the big occasion.
“I really love Taylor because she’s the greatest songwriter, I think, of my entire life. Not even of our generation — I think ever,” Hurtado said days later, still awash with happiness from newlyweds and getting a lot of internet attention.
Hurtado and her new husband now reside in Tempe but first met more than eight years ago while working for the Stockton Ports, a minor league baseball team. Bochman popped the question in September 2021, long before Swift announced her tour and dates were released. But nuptials before marriage have always been the couple’s plan. Hurtado says she was looking forward to taking her new husband’s last name and didn’t want to wait for the big festivities. “When we started thinking about it logistically, it made sense to get legally married in advance,” she explains. “Last summer, I started telling Max that I wanted to elope on the day of Taylor’s concert, when it was. And then we were going to his concert for our reception. And then my friends kind of had the idea of, ‘You should just get married at the concert. And I thought that was really fun and it sounded like something that I would do because I like to do things a little outside of the box.”
Bochman took some convincing, however. GOOD, several months to convince. “He loves Taylor, but he’s not a hardcore Swiftie like me. Taylor doesn’t run through his veins like me.” In the end, she said, “He was like, ‘OK, I’m going to do this. Because I know it would be super special for you.’ “
Fortunately, Hurtado didn’t have to navigate the much-discussed Ticketmaster debacle that left many fans without Swift tickets, which would have been another obvious hurdle. “I had a whole team with pre-sale codes,” she laughs. And with just 15 minutes in the virtual queue, front row seats for her wedding were assured.
On the big night, Hurtado — wearing a white Anthropologie dress and veil — says they chose to say their vows during a “quiet moment in the arena.” But other fans seated around them quickly noticed what was happening. “When we kissed, they all clapped, and they were so nice to us,” she says of the unwitting wedding attendees. And while she hasn’t heard from Swift herself (yet), she says one of the singer’s crew members gifted her a guitar pick which she used during the show. Hurtado believes it was the guitar pick Swift was using to play “Invisible String,” which happened as the couple wrapped up their makeshift ceremony. “It makes it 10 times more special,” she says.
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Hurtado admits that she did expect some of the videos of her vows on the internet to have garnered attention on platforms like TikTok, but the mainstream media coverage is a surprise. And now she and Bochman can focus on their big, traditional wedding celebration scheduled for March 2024. Just like they did this weekend, they’ll likely be walking down the aisle accompanied by Hurtado’s favorite entertainer, of course. on.
Image source: René Hurtado