Beach proposal at the IOW Festival

A beach proposal at the Isle of Wight Festival I hear you say? That sounds like my kind of thing to photograph and luckily I was in the right place at the right time to capture solider Luke David, 24, propose to his girlfriend Beth Smout, 19, on the fantastic Life’s a Beach stage (a man made beach complete with deckchairs and cocktails) on Saturday.

Luke and Beth who met whilst working at a bar in Nottingham had wanted to come to the IOW Festival for a while and when they saw that this year’s line-up included the likes of Example and Subfocus they bought their tickets. Luke had been planning his festival proposal for months but it was a moment whilst dancing on the beach to Island musician Derek Sandy (the singer who bought us ‘Welcome to the Isle of Wight’) that spurred him on:

“We were jamming in the crowd enjoying the music and the sunshine when I suddenly thought – this is the time – so I asked a few friends to keep Beth where she was as I slipped away”

Beth had no idea what was going on as the Beach Events crew who created the beach whisked Luke backstage:

“I came out on stage and said to everyone “I hope you’re having a good weekend, I just need two minutes of your time. I got Beth to come down the front and then I popped the question. She collapsed to her knees and started crying — and said yes.”

After Beth clambered up on to the stage for an emotional kiss in front of the crowd, the couple from Nottingham enjoyed cocktails backstage before re-joining friends to celebrate with champagne at the Zebra Lounge.

Massive, massive thanks to Ross Findon from the Isle of Wight County Press, The Isle of Wight Festival, Beach Events and everyone else who shared and re-tweeted my request earlier to track down the couple so that I could send these photos to them. What an amazing and emotional proposal.

IOW Festival beach engagement

IOW festival beach proposal

Proposal on beach stage IOW festival

Isle of Wight beach proposal

Isle of Wight festival proposal on the beach

Chris Cowley IOW beach proposal photographer


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