All in the Details
From who officiates, to the music at your ceremony, to the ease of parking for your guests, you'll find here important information and ideas to get your wedding planning at Sonona Wedding Chapel at Trinity started.
Seating: Indoor sanctuary seating for 125. Newly installed air conditioning. The two outdoor venues can seat up to 125.
Trinity's Altar Guild will assist in setting up and taking down sanctuary flowers and aisle markers. Candles are allowed in all three ceremony settings.
Buildings and Grounds
The Sonoma Wedding Chapel at Trinity is accessed off East Spain and only 1.5 blocks from the historic town square, all within walking distance of a number of lodging and dining facilities. For drivers, guests enter the property via a driveway leading to the back of the property where more than 100 parking spaces are available. On-street parking is located in front of the property. All entrances are handicap accessible. A covered breezeway from the parking lot to any of the ceremony sites begins at the parking lot.
Three buildings on site house the Sanctuary, Buttrum Hall and an Education building where the Bridal Room is located, facing the scenic grounds.
Our Chapel musician is Steve Rubardt, available for separate fee. For a vocalist, Sheila Whitney is also recommended.
You will have access to the Sanctuary's newly installed sound system which will play any playlist of your choosing.
Outdoor speakers have been connected and installed on the Sanctuary building facing down on Abbot Courtyard for those choosing the outdoor ceremony setting.
For a supplemental fee, we can arrange for the piano to be moved outside the front door of the Sanctuary to provide musical accompaniment for an outdoor reception.
All three ceremony settings are available, weather permitting, 7 days a week, with some time restrictions. "Small Package" in the Redwood Grove is available only on weekdays. Rehearsal times for larger weddings are generally scheduled the day before.
The Rev. Jim Thomas, Jr., PhD.
Reverend Jim Thomas has been Trinity’s Priest-in-Charge since 2011. A native of Missouri, Jim earned his B.S. from Drury College, Springfield, Mo., in 1963, afterward serving for six years in the U.S. Air Force, where he achieved the rank of Captain.
Jim was in private practice as a Clinical Psychologist in Oklahoma for 31 years working in the educational and criminal justice fields, later enrolling in the Virginia Theological Seminary, where he was ordained as an Episcopal priest in 2001. Jim is also the author of several books, including, The Canon’s Corner, and The 7 Steps to Personal Power.