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Weddings at St Bartholomews Church Reading Berkshire
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Wedding ceremony in progress in St Bartholomews Church Reading Berkshire

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Background Information and Highlights:

Our featured couple chose St Bartholomews Church in East Reading Berkshire for their marriage ceremony and wedding reception. This was in fact their "second time around" as they had already tied the knot in our bride's native Ukraine some three weeks earlier. Some girls just cannot get enough of all things weddingy!

St Bartholomews is an unusual church in so far as it is able to host not only the ceremony but the wedding breakfast and evening reception in its spacious interior. It is a handsome building both inside and outside, and has a decent lawned area to one side suitable for all those essential group photos. There is the enormous Palmer Park right next door which can also be utilised for photos. Surprising then that St Bartholomews is the scene of very few weddings. Our groom Michael is a member of the clergy and is looking to make much greater use of the church's facilities as a community resource including theatrical events.

The church has a small amount of its own parking immediately to the front but public parking in the area is in short supply so guests are advised to allow sufficient time for that.

We had a few rain showers on the day but nothing too disruptive. It helped that everything was to take place under one roof and so we could time our excursions into the churchyard to make best use of the conditions.

Our couple booked a short duration combined photography and video package which started immediately before the ceremony and finished mid-evening when the ceili dancing was well underway.

As might be expected there was a strong Ukrainian theme to some parts of the day.

We had two "special agents" from the Midlands to conduct the priestly side of things. There were no silly restrictions on professional photography and video and so Peter was able to shoot a good selection of both throughout the day.

The first photo below is the view of St Bartholomews Church as you approach its main entrance:

St Bartholomews Church Reading Berkshire as seen from the main road

The spacious interior of the church was laid out in a picturesque circle for the ceremony, making maximum use of the buildings main area - we did not use the high altar area at all. The circular design did make photo/video coverage tricky when the guests were standing as it was not appropriate to shoot from within the circle:

Interior of St Bartholomews Church Reading Berkshire

We grabbed a few photos just before the ceremony started, including our bride with her sister:

Wedding ceremony in progress inside St Bartholomews Church Reading Berkshire

Here is the first of many Ukrainian themes - the special cake:

Black and white character photos are always popular:

Guest watches wedding ceremony in St Bartholomews Church Reading

Religious wedding ceremonies are a long old thing for the little people. Just as well they had something to keep them occupied!

Young guests at wedding at St Bartholomews Church Reading Berkshire

More Ukrainian stuff!

Ukrainian part of wedding at St Bartholomews Church Reading

The churchyard to one side of St Bartholomews Church is very convenient for the various posed photos:

Bride poses with her sister for wedding photograph at St Bartholomews Church Reading

The high altar area inside St Bartholomews Church Reading looks great:

The High Altar inside St Bartholomews Church Reading Berkshire

The speeches are always a great photo and video opportunity:

Young guest listens to wedding breakfast speeches at St Bartholomews Church Reading

Interesting! Our bride can't say she didn't get the memo!

Message from groom to his bride being read inside St Bartholomews Church Reading

The Ukrainian national flag made its appearance later in the day:

Groom unfurls Ukrainian flag after his wedding at St Bartholomews Church Reading

Our couple entertained their guests with a few slides illustrating their earlier lives and their time so far together:

Slideshow playing during wedding reception in St Bartholomews Church Reading

Yummy food!

Guest poses for photo at wedding reception

Our bride and groom changed into Ukrainian national costumes for the evening. We just had to get some photos of that:

Bride and groom pose for wedding photos wearing Ukrainian national costumes

The cake cutting was quite a spectacle - our couple used the sword which had belonged to his father and which he in turn had used at his own wedding:

Bride and groom cut their wedding cake using a sword

The evenings dancing was very active. Goodness knows where the guests got all their energy from!

Bride and groom dance during their evening wedding reception at St Bartholomews Church Reading Berkshire

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