Wedding Weekend

21 May 2018
Ben Pentreath

It seemed as if England basked in sunshine and happiness.  I got down to Dorset on Friday evening to find the Parsonage glowing. Suddenly summer is upon us. 

The following photo is for fans of Sibyl poses. 

You see what I mean?

The garden has turned from spring tulips to summer borders in a blink…

The last of the Queen of the Night…

On Saturday morning I was up early with the dogs, for once. Charlie had bounced out of bed at 5.30 to start baking and generally getting into the atmosphere.  A beautiful sunrise. 

It’s quite funny walking through long grass with Sibyl these days. 

Mavis as always ahead, and always waiting patiently. 

But to the main event. Put out more flags…

We had an early dash in and out of Bridport, and then back to make cucumber sandwiches, Victoria sponge and get the champagne glasses out.  WHY WAS THE WEDDING SO EARLY?

Our friends Will and Brandon arrived, just in time, with Brandon’s mum Linda over from Texas; Mum and Dad, and our neighbour Nic. Never has there been so much anticipation in the room. Big screen to the ready. 

The moment. 

Lunch on the terrace.  And then it was too much for some.

Post lunch, hot sun.
Then, after farewells, round to Nicky’s. 

This weekend was the peak cow parsley moment in the lanes of Dorset. I went for a brief wander to take a snap…

And returned to find that we had drunk enough, and Nicky was happy enough, to get changed into her wedding dress of 29 years earlier, and who can always fit in to that like a glove still, I wondered?

Charlie meanwhile had turned into a punk rocker from 1985 as well.  The Maltby’s beef herd was in fields, as regular as clockwork.

So Nicky and I had our very own fashion shoot, as drunk and happy as you can imagine. 

The cows looked on, mystified. 

The night carried on; the moon rose, Venus shone bright. What a fabulous, happy day.  I can’t say we felt too amazing the following morning. 

Lunch at Bettiscombe was (needless to say) perfect. But we tore ourselves away and back up to London for a farewell supper with Jo and her mum Jenny, friends who have travelled all the way over from NZ to stand and wave wildly at Windsor. They are off on their way home as I write, their crazy dream week over all too fast.  Is there anything more uniting, happy, mad and silly as Royal Wedding? And did anyone pull it off more beautifully than The Duke and Duchess of Sussex? No is the answer to both questions.

Now, back to reality, but can we enjoy make-believe for a moment?

19 comments on this post


Good morning Ben,
I am looking at the chill, gray early skies over Vancouver Island wishing I was in an English lane with cows and a setting sun. I have just decided that next year’s holiday is a ramble along the coast of Dorset, Devon and Cornwall and that early summer is the most perfect time. And Sybil’s side-eye is the best – she is clearly smarter than all of us. Thank you again for the time you take to write this blog – it is magical.

Daniel Longsays:

Just Marry Me !


Fab pictures of the day !! So nice !!
It made me proud to be English ” and brought us all together again ,
Thanks Ben !!

Hazel (Manchester uk) x

Janey Pughsays:

What a heavenly life you lead. Really enjoyed the photos and as for the intelligent Sybil…

Laura Harrisonsays:

One of your best posts Ben!! The pictures really should be turned into greeting cards—I would buy them (as many others I am sure would too). They certainly were uplifting on what has been a day of rain and gloom here in my corner of Ontario, Canada.


Beautiful dreamy photos. Thank you!

Nicola Lawrencesays:

Catching up. Excellent wedding celebrations. Love the bride and her crook – and all of the fun antics. x

Jennifer Phillippssays:

Goodness me what glorious images of the garden, the cows the wedding celebrations and even the vintage wedding dress, idyllic barely covers it!
All the way over here in NZ many of us celebrated the wedding too, albeit rather late at night, champagne and cake shared, guests admired, with all the pomp and circumstance that the mother land does so well.

You really should be creating a book of your images of the countryside and your Dorset idyll!!



I always tell myself that I won’t get tearful at weddings and yet again… it really was a lovely day all round. We need more of these happy,unifying events. It will be wonderful to celebrate Eugenie’s wedding in a few short months and do it all over.


Yes Adrienne, we are all together with our happy memories, the wedding was a dream !
It`s fantastic all the blog readers are like a big family, we have all the same interests and enjoy every week Ben`s blog 🙂
Great Britain my Love !
Thank you so much dear Ben,
Yours Birgit again from Germany 🙂


We weren’t going to “show up”, but in the end we gave in and also sat enthralled with champagne and cake! Best wishes, Nicola


Dear Ben,
Thank you for sharing your lovely photos. The Reverend Michael Curry said – ‘two people fell in love and we all showed up’ and maybe we didn’t all show up at Windsor Castle but millions (billions?) of people around the world watched and took part in the lovely and happy ceremony and many, like me, shed a few tears. Wherever we were, we all now share happy memories of that day, you in your lovely house in Dorset, me in Italy, Birgit in Germany……

Deborah Wagnersays:

Oh, how I love seeing your photos, Ben. The garden and general scenery are breathtaking, as is that wedding gown! I am having some old friends over for lunch in a couple of weeks, and I am going to make a Victoria sponge. Thanks for deciding that for me, Charlie. Also, the orange and blue chairs are genius. You are my ultimate lifestyle gurus, and I love you for it.

Pierre B.says:

Judging by his appetizing cake, Charlie could be quite good at making wedding hats too…
Your garden is awsome as ever. Thank you for sharing it so generously!

Charlotte Ksays:

Your friend in her Diana-esque meringue of a wedding dress. What fun!


What a fab wedding and such wonderful pictures you’ve posted.
Truly idyllic.

Patricia Taylorsays:

How I love your postings but this was magical – thank you.


Dear Ben & Charlie
Oh what a very beautiful Wedding day ! You have had your own very beautiful party day, so much fun and lovely people and the weather …….. fantastic ! The Royal Wedding was so perfect, perfect, perfect ….. I don`t have the right words …….
underlined by the perfect weather !
Your garden is a dream, the landscape, whole Dorset is amazing.
These colors, this sky, sunset, the cow parsley all together heaven …….. This would be my dream to live !
Wish you both a very nice week, I am just in dream with the Royal Wedding ……… 🙂
Yours Birgit from Germany 🙂


Beautiful post Ben gorgeous photos as always.Lovely to see Mavis and Sybil they are so cute together.The royal wedding was a real life fairytale truly beautiful.I think it gave us all a much needed lift with so much bad news these days.Your friend looked lovely in her wedding dress so amazing she can still fit into it.Well done to Charlie his cake looked scrumptious.Thank you for sharing your idyllic weekend,

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