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St. Andrew’s Church

Location for Weddings and Social Events

St. Andrew’s Church, Sonning, Reading, Berkshire, RG4 6UR

  • Max guests for group photographs
  • 120
  • Civil weddings catered for
  • No
  • Events photographed by Paul Martin
  • Wedding
  • Last event photographed by Paul Martin
  • 07/02/04

St. Andrew’s Church is conveniently situated in Thames Street in the heart of Sonning.
A map is available here and there is a Web site for this location.

Paul Martin has given St. Andrew’s Church a rating of 3 out of 5 for indoor photography and a rating of 4 out of 5 for outdoor photography.
Please note that these ratings only relate to the suitability for photography, and do not in any way relate to other facilities and services that may be provided by the St. Andrew’s Church.

Comments from Paul Martin:
The ancient parish of Sonning, originally extending from Sonning Common to Sandhurst, was one of the great blocks of land handed over to the Church in the 7th century. St Andrew’s Church, in the heart of the village, was founded in Saxon times – probably by Birinus, first bishop of Dorchester-on-Thames. It was largely rebuilt in 1852, during the incumbency of Canon Hugh Pearson; it was he who founded the Sonning Parish Magazine in 1869.

Last year, I enjoyed my first and only opportunity to date, of photographing a winter wedding at the beautiful Parish Church of St. Andrew’s. As described above, Sonning is a very historic village dating back to Saxon times. It is without doubt, one of the most scenic berkshire villages.

St. Andrew’s church is surrounded by an attarctive garden with many flowering plants; on my visit, there were numerous snow drops and magnolia tress in bloom, which all added to the seasonal situated very near to the old Mill on the Thames. I was able to capture some attractive black & white reportage photographs of the groomsmen by the back doorway, and subseqeuntly, the arrival of the bride by one of the side entrances. In addition to the historic character of the decor, with traditional style wooden pews and sanctuary, one of the most striking features inside the church are the many beautiful stain glass windows. Natural light inside was sufficient to enable me to photograph a wedding ceremony with minimal intrusion, without employing the use of flash; coverage here was largely doumentary.

Outside, with its striking archway, the main entrance to the church, provided an ideal backdrop for photographing wedding guests greeting the bridal couple, followed by a ‘throwing of confetti shot’ and whole group photo. Subseqeuntly, I took some smaller groups in the garden to the front and many beautiful bride and groom portraits by the archway. A few paces away, the Old Mill on the Thames was an ideal situation for more creative bride and groom portraits. The wedding party then proceeded to a reception at the Moat House Hotel in Syndelsham, near Reading.

In summary, St. Andrew’s Church Sonning is an excellent venue for a wedding and for memorable wedding photography. Although situated in West London, Paul Martin is happy to travel to venues throughout Berkshire to photograph your wedding.