Glastonbury couple don white dress and festival gear to renew wedding vows

A Bristol couple who first met at a music concert donned festival outfits and sequins as they renewed their wedding vows at Glastonbury. Glastonbury is not allowed to hold legal weddings. After getting married six weeks ago, festival lovers Lara and Elliot Dayeh-Bunce kissed during a renewal ceremony at Glastonbury Tent Church on Saturday.

The pair had sequins on their faces and Ms Dayeh-Bunce donned a white dress and colorful flower crown tiara for the occasion, while Mr Dayeh-Bunce wore a jacket and t-shirt combination with cotton shorts jeans and a bucket hat. Mr Dayeh-Bunce, a 32-year-old delivery consultant, is attending his 23rd festival at the site this year and had planned to move to Glastonbury in 2020 before it was later canceled by the Covid-19 pandemic, offering later on Christmas Eve this year.

“Glastonbury is just a really special place for both of us,” Ms Dayeh-Bunce, a 30-year-old medical sales manager, told the PA news agency. “Elliot’s mum has always worked in the church tent so I think she said they could do it and I’ve never seen anyone do it here before.

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“We just thought it would be really special, you can’t get married at Glastonbury, but it’s the best thing you can do. It’s really cool because we only got married six weeks ago.

The couple said they had just ‘got out of bed’ for the blessing, having returned to their tent at 4.30am on Saturday morning after enjoying the park scene at Worthy Farm in Somerset. They met at a gig eight years ago after Ms Dayeh-Bunce lost contact with friends.

“We went to a concert and my friends dumped me… Elliot and his friends took care of me and we’ve kind of remained friends ever since,” Ms Dayeh-Bunce said. “We were friends for about three or four years before we got together. Elliott was just very persistent.

Mr. Dayeh-Bunce laughed: “I got out of the friend zone.” The Christian service was presided over by Lee Barnes, 47, a lay minister and director of readers for the Diocese of Gloucester.

Check out all of their vow renewal photos in the gallery below.

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