Jax Shares Backstory Of Tom Schwartz’s Wedding Surprise

by Kristie Rohwedder
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If your ducts got through Monday’s episode of Vanderpump Rules without letting out a single tear, I’m going to go ahead and assume you accidentally fast-forwarded past Tom Schwartz’s three delightful brothers bounding into the Taco Tuesday rehearsal dinner. That, or you’re whatever on friendship, family, and thoughtful gestures. Man alive, did that scene wreck me. And do you know what else wrecks me? Listening to Jax Taylor talk to The Daily Dish about the triplet surprise.

As a wedding gift to their dear pal, Tom Sandoval and Taylor secretly arranged for Schwartz’s three younger brothers, Bert, Billy, and Brandon, to get to the nuptials. There were a few hiccups along the way, but lucky for all, it came together beautifully in the end. Schwartz was so genuinely happy to see triplets, the triplets were so genuinely happy to see Schwartz, and everyone else was so genuinely happy the surprise panned out. In a talking head, Schwartz said it was “the nicest thing that anyone’s ever done for [him],” and my heart burst, pieced itself back together, and burst again.

So, how did this whole scheme come to be? In a recent interview with the The Daily Dish, Taylor shared some backstory:

“We were trying to figure out what to get Tom for his wedding present and we didn't want to get him a gift. We wanted to get him something that he really, really wanted. Tom was really up high on the budget for the wedding but he really wanted to have his brothers there, but it was a little too much to spend. So, I approached Tom Sandoval like, ‘Why don’t we fly in his brothers? Why don’t we go get them suits? Go get them haircuts? Fly them in, get them hotels, and surprise him.’ He wanted to have his brothers there, but it just wasn’t in the budget.”

Never ones to miss an opportunity to go all out (see: the bachelor party drag night), Sandoval and Taylor made sure their best friend’s three brothers were present, accounted for, and dressed accordingly. Taylor continued,

“So, we surprised him with that and I knew I could get Tom to break down and cry when he saw his brothers ‘cause he loves his brothers to death. He loves his family. So that was a huge thing for us.”

I said it after the butt steak prank, I said it after I saw the “Tom Tom & i” tattoo, and I am going to say it again now: Schwartz, Sandoval, and Taylor are best friendship on television.

I could watch this scene over and over again. I could also read Schwartz's reaction to his reaction over and over again. In a Bravo blog post, Schwartz wrote,

“In that moment though, watching it back I didn't see the tidal wave of the emotion I felt. Maybe I just don't emote well. I was already very emotional and sentimental and then my triplet brothers walk out, one by one, dressed to the nines. I was absolutely overwhelmed — shock and joy. I just broke down in the best possible way.”

Ready for even more heartwarming content? Here's a throwback photo Schwartz posted Monday evening:

"Me and the boys!" Schwartz wrote in the caption. "@tomsandoval1 @mrjaxtaylor thank you for the best surprise of my life. You guys went above and Beyond. William, Robert & Brandon, love my brothers so much."

“It came really, really close to not happening,” Taylor told The Daily Dish. “It really did. I was livid.” Thank goodness it did happen. For one thing, we would’ve missed out on the genuinely wonderful moment Schwartz realized his three brothers would be part of his and Katie Maloney's big day after all. Also? We wouldn’t get to watch Taylor ask Schwartz’s three adult brothers if they took showers and changed their socks before the wedding. Call me a sap, but I live for moments like those.