A Delightful Day

From midday onwards Jackie and I were the official photographers for the most delightful wedding of our friends Karen and Barry Chislett-Bruce.

First, beginning with Barry’s son and best man, Owen, and his partner Tori, guests arrived at the Lymington Community Centre where the ceremony was to take place. As we all gathered together, partaking of Pimms or elderflower cordial, the bride and groom entered the room designated for their interview with the registrars and emerged ready for the service. Jackie and I were invited to move around as much as we liked during the ceremony.

The meal was excellent – of three courses followed by plentiful plates of cheese and biscuits. Cider, wine, tea, and coffee flowed.

Heartfelt speeches from Karen’s father and from Owen were full of emotional moments. Much convivial conversation with friends and family of the happy couple followed before we eventually took our leave.

There are several hundred photographs of our own to process, and will be many more to come from the many other cameras that were in evidence. I will print the best of these and find albums for them all. Because these pictures will belong to Mr and Mrs Chislett-Bruce, they will not appear on this post.

We did return home via Brockenhurst on order to find a pony or two for the blog.

Cattle and ponies basked on the moorland opposite

Highway Cottage, in the shade of which a group of equines sought a place to sleep. Maybe another on the verge was searching out her own refuge.


  1. I’m especially take with your profile photos of these ponies, Derrick. I suspect you did as well with some human profiles at the wedding.

  2. Bestest wishes to the newly married couple…Karen and Barry! ❀️ Much love and joy to them! πŸ™‚

    How wonderful of you and Jackie to be their photographers! I know you did a great job! πŸ™‚
    YAY for a delightful day! πŸ™‚
    (((HUGS))) ❀️

  3. Weddings are always beautiful. I’ve never been to one that I would say was disappointing. New beginnings are always exciting.

    Yeah, that’s definitely pony or two. πŸ™‚

  4. It sounds like you still have plenty of work to do before you can hand over your work to the happy couple. I’m sure they will appreciate all the skill and effort that you are no doubt putting into their albums.

  5. What a great honour to be asked to photograph the wedding and reception.
    The closeups of the ponies are lovely.

  6. Together with Jackie, you have honoured the promise you had made to the marrying couple. You have also righty decided not to post the photos on the blog. Meanwhile, ponies have posed in their characteristically unbothered mood.

  7. How lovely, Derrick! Congratulations to the happy couple. I’m sure you and Jackie’s photos will have captured many wonderful moments in hteir delightful day ?

  8. What an honor to be asked to photograph a couple’s big day!! Glad you had fun and good eats while you were there.
    Are the ponies feeling the effects of abnormal heat?

  9. Well now theres a surprise!
    So funny that you know Barry and Karen
    Barry has been sweeping my chimney for years and Karen has been great helping me with some puppy training !
    They are super people and I couldn’t be happier for them both !
    Jealous that you got to go to the wedding.
    What a perfect day for them !

  10. Wishing your friends Karen and Barry Chislett-Bruce a long and happy life together.

    I enjoyed seeing the ponies, as always. How hot has it been in your area.

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