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Venue spotlight – The Great House in Sonning

The Great House in Sonning located in Berkshire and I had the pleasure of working there last August during the bank holiday when it reached 35 degrees! The venue backs onto the River Thames so your guests can take a scroll in the evening along the banks to explore. Couples have even hired private boats to take their guests out on the river just before sunset – works great for couples shots too!

There are a couple of buildings the wedding party can get dressed in during the morning and these work really well as are close enough for the wedding party to liaise between the rooms if needed but also separate enough that you won’t be seen!

The ceremony room is gorgeous with daylight streaming through the large windows making for the perfect setting. It holds a fair amount of people for its size and it is nice and cool thanks to the lovely air-conditioning (it’s not too cold either!). From a Photographer’s perspective it is fantastic as it is so light and the tones within the room are simply gorgeous. It doesn’t take many additional pieces such as flowers and lanterns etc to make this room look great.

Outside there is decking with umbrellas to hide from the sun, a large lawn and even a secret garden! Lots of room for entertainment, drinks and groups shots as well as capturing those candid moments between guests. Everything is under one roof and when you are ready for the wedding breakfast the team will have turned around the room and removed dividers making it bigger.

I’ve used the banks of the river during golden hour for couple shots and this has works so well. This also means you have a little time to chat about the day so far. This has to be one of my favourite venues to photograph at. Lovely light, lots of interest and of course the Thames. It also makes for some cracking sunset shots.

Hats off to the team there. They are pleasant, approachable and easy to work with making sure your day is a great one. Should you wish to see more please visit the venue website: The Great House

Please contact me to discuss your wedding photography at The Great House as I would love to hear all about your wedding plans and secure your date.

Love, Lauren x

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