Procession through Watercress Festival for Alresford bride-to-be

Alresford bride Jenny Honiatt with her husband-to-be Dave Crockford.

Alresford bride Jenny Honiatt with her husband-to-be Dave Crockford.

First published in News Basingstoke Gazette: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

WHEN she booked her dream wedding she hadn’t banked on a crowd of 10,000 people to see her off.

But that’s just what’s in store for Alresford woman, Jenny Honiatt, who planned to tie the knot on the same day as the annual Watercress Festival – which will be held right outside her home this Sunday (May 18).

As Broad Street is awash with party-goers, the 24-year-old will be donning her white gown and preparing her vows.

But the commotion outside won’t stop her from “getting to the church on time”: organisers have booked for her to take a trip through the crowds in a swanky Rolls-Royce, led by Morris Men who will open the festival.

Once safely away, she will hop into her wedding vehicle and head for the Norton Park Hotel in Sutton Scotney, where she will marry Dave Crockford, 26.

The Dolly Daydreams shop manager was shocked when they discovered the clash of dates. “It will be quite a big family thing. I’m very excited about the Rolls-Royce and very grateful, because we didn’t know how we were going to get out [of the town] with the festival going on.

“It was Dave’s dad who suddenly said: ‘Do you realise what day you’ve chosen’ and we realised the Watercress Festival was on the same day.”

One of the festival organisers, Kate Savage, said the bride-to-be had called them, worried she wouldn’t make it to the wedding.

Kate said: “The committee decided it would be nice to make a big day of it for her so that she can get nicely through the streets instead of walking through crowds of people in her wedding dress!”

The couple met through mutual friends at a house party three and a half years ago, though Jenny admits it was no fairytale.

“He was a friend of my brother and he had a house party and we started talking. It wasn’t exactly romantic. I got a little too drunk and wrote my number on his jeans!”

They made up for it, though, with Tesco worker, Dave, popping the question on Jenny’s 24th birthday whilst on holiday with family in the Forest of Dean last May. They will now wed the day after her 25th birthday, almost exactly a year on, and honeymoon at the same spot.

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