Couple get married 10 years after meeting at festival

Lily Alcantara might as well have sold her ticket to the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in 2012.

Instead, a friend convinced her to come to the festival with a group of her friends, and among them was Jeronie Alcantara, who – if you couldn’t tell by their common surnames – is now her husband. .

“The first day he was like, ‘Hey, who are you trying to see? You can be my girlfriend at Coachella for the weekend,’ and then the weekend became 10 years,” Lily recalled from his band’s tent near the festival entrance.

Jeronie and Lily hit it off quickly, enjoying several sets throughout the weekend, capped off by a performance by Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre and the famous Tupac hologram on Sunday. They went to five more music festivals together that year.

Jeronie Alcantara says a few words about his wife, Lily, before the couple cut a cake at their campsite just days after getting married ahead of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Calif., on Friday, April 15, 2022.

Longtime fans of music festivals, the couple had an extra reason to party at Coachella Weekend 1: Lily and Jeronie just tied the knot in Las Vegas on April 13 — marking 10 years since they crossed paths at the ‘Empire Polo Club in Indio.

The couple, who live in San Diego, came to the site with friends around 3 a.m. Thursday to secure their place on the front line.

Throughout the weekend, their van was covered in cardboard for people to write their wishes to the newlyweds, with a message from Jeronie on the windshield: “Thank you, Carpoolchella! I met her at Coachella, I married her 10 years later!

Lily, Jeronie and their friends are veterans of Coachella, as well as other music festivals, so much so that they call their group “CSF” or Campsite Friends. Their veteran status as festival goers was clear by their setup, with plenty of space for 16 people, as well as plenty of drinks, snacks and (most importantly) shade.

Lily and Jeronie's Alcantara car is seen with window paint spelling out their romance at their campsite during the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Calif. on Friday, April 15, 2022.

Given their hectic week of events – they flew straight from Las Vegas to Indio to secure their spot – the couple hadn’t even had a chance to cut a wedding cake until Sunday, before heading to the field for the third day of the festival, what Lily said was fun even if the lineup wasn’t perfect.

“(The lineup) doesn’t matter,” Lily said. “Ultimately it all comes down to who you are and the vibe there.”

And rest assured, the newlyweds will be back for Coachella for years to come.

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