A couple who got engaged at the Glastonbury Festival will marry there this year – after all FIFTY of their guests defied the odds to get tickets.
Jack Watney, 32, and Sarah Adey, 31, have attended every Glasto together since 2011, after meeting at Plymouth University in 2009.
The music festival, which is the biggest in Europe, holds a special place in the couple’s hearts, and Jack had no hesitation about popping the question there in 2017.
And when Sarah happily accepted, there was no question that the couple would also get married at Worthy Farm in Somerset – with the big day next Thursday (June 27).
The soon-to-be newlyweds will wed beside the Croissant Neuf bandstand, where they have seen many of their favourite bands.
But the happy couple, who live in Glastonbury, faced the tricky hurdle of making sure all 50 of their guests could get festival tickets to come and share their big day.
With two million people applying for just 135,000 tickets, the odds of Jack and Sarah getting tickets for all 50 wedding guests were stacked against them.
But after a tense six months, four ticket sales, and countless phonecalls and emails, the couple will get to celebrate their big day surrounded by all their loved ones.
Jack said: “That was the hardest part of the whole thing, to be honest.
“We managed to get quite a few tickets during the first sale in October, including all four of my best men – but none of Sarah’s bridesmaids got them that time around.
“We had to wait six months for the next ticket sale in April to see if her bridesmaids could get them then.
“That was awful. We were starting to plan things, but I knew Sarah couldn’t get properly excited yet.
“Somehow, we got them all. It was a huge relief. We were really lucky,” Jack added.
“But we had so many people helping us try to get them – including people who knew they couldn’t make it – that I feel like we had pretty good odds.”
Jack and Sarah’s journey towards this big moment began ten years ago, when they met at Plymouth University.
In an early conversation, arts and marketing administrator Sarah said that she had never been to Glastonbury Festival.
Jack, who has been to almost every edition of the festival since he was 17, vowed to rectify that – and the couple went to their first Glastonbury Festival together in 2011.
Jack, who works as a teacher, said: “It was muddy, very muddy. There was knee-high mud. But despite that, she was so keen to go again and we have gone every time since.”
A couple of years ago, the couple moved to Glastonbury from Brighton for a change of scenery – and Jack become resolved to propose to Sarah at the festival.
He chose the exact spot – nearby Pennard Hill, which he used to walk up every year, only looking at the view when he had reached the summit.
He said: “Doing this became a sort of ritual for me and my family, and I did that with Sarah when she came to the festival too.
“We would do it in the day and in the night. The view is pretty spectacular.
“We had seen another couple getting married at the festival around 2012, and I’ll never forget that.
“It was more like a performance – lots of people turned to watch, everybody applauded.
“Neither of us are particularly into big public displays of affection, we don’t really like the idea of having a day that’s just about us.
“So after I saw that wedding, I hatched a plan to propose to Sarah on that hill,” he said.
Romantic Jack said he kept his big plan a secret from everyone.
He said: “I didn’t tell anyone about it. My friends, Sarah and I walked up Pennard Hill and I asked my friends to take some photos of us at the top.
“After they took a few, and without anyone knowing, I proposed to Sarah. The photos came out great.
“Everyone was cheering and whooping. It was just incredible. The noise was deafening. People were coming up to us and saying congratulations and hugging us.”
But he admitted that he was a big bundle of nerves in the run-up to the big proposal – particularly with taking the ring into the festival.
“2017 was the year that they increased security at the festival,” Jack said.
“I was really worried that the security guards would make me take out the engagement ring and give the game away.
“I was very nervous in the queue to get in but thankfully it was all okay.”
The couple later got in touch with the head honchos who run the Croissant Neuf bandstand, who were more than happy to allow for the wedding to go ahead there.
They are now looking forward to walking down the wedding aisle, lined with bunting, next Thursday at 11.30am, before cutting the cake and enjoying drinks.
They will finish up the ceremony with a procession up to the famous Glastonbury sign.
Sarah said: “It is unbelievable really. I was completely shocked when he proposed.
“I think we did not even need to discuss it, we were just going to get married at Glastonbury Festival.
“But the fear of not getting tickets was crazy. It was such a big relief.
“We want to make it special for all our friends and family. There will be a massive crowd too. Hopefully, people will join in. I am sure it will be an unforgettable experience.”
They also cannot wait to see Hot Chip, Tame Impala, Christine and the Queens and Chemical Brothers.