A Luxurious and Romantic French Inspired Shoot at Stapleford Park

We're smitten with Stapleford Park, and it was just the perfect match for this gorgeous French-inspired styled shoot. Bursting with beautiful blooms, gorgeous details and heaps of romance, this French-inspired styled shoot was captured by the very talented Rachael Connerton. Here she tells us about the inspiration behind the shoot. Have a nosey…

I’m struck by the beauty of the French chateaux styled architecture…

“We’ve had the pleasure of shooting a number of stunning weddings at Stapleford Park and, every time I shoot there, I’m struck by the beauty of the French chateaux styled architecture. Based on this, I had a nugget of an idea for a striking styled shoot blossoming in my head and this idea really came to life as soon as I started chatting to the lovely (and incredibly creative) Sophie at Sophie’s Flower Company.

Working together, we built a creative team of some of the best in the industry including RS Bridal, Georgie Steeples, Elizabeth Clare, Emily Harmston Cakes, Rose Press Designs, Premier Events UK, Blakes Models and The Cutlery Commission. We then had the joy of combining creative talents to design an opulent, luxurious, French styled shoot showcasing the grandeur and romance of Stapleford in Summer. As the venue itself had been the primary influence for the theme, we were also keen for it to be the greatest influence for the styling.”


Stapleford Park is a beautiful Georgian Grade 1 listed country hotel with breathtaking Capability Brown landscaped grounds.  The architecture conjures up a Renaissance Art feel with full rounded designs; gilded gold urns and vessels. These heavy influenced our choice of tableware, urns for the statement floral displays and even the colour tones for the bridesmaids dresses. The cake by Emily Harmston was hand painted and inspired by the beautiful floral wallpapers in the hallway and bedrooms at Stapleford. The design was then embellished with handcrafted edible wafer paper flowers to complement those found in the grounds.”


“The bridal fashion had a heavy French influence with lace-backed gowns and a striking blue suit for the groom.

RS Bridal says, ‘The luxurious, elegant and timeless style of Stapleford’s hall and grounds heavily influenced the styles chosen; the stunning trains and simple silhouettes reflect the bold lines of the Georgian architecture and the contrasting statement ball gowns symbolize the history and grandeur associated with all things Stapleford’.

The bride wore Essense of Australia and Mori Lee. The Bridesmaids were in Sorella Vita (sister company of Essense).

We focused on understated elegance for the wedding stationery by Rose Press, choosing the tactile feel of a letterpress piece, beautifully printed by hand on their antique press. The blush-tone ribbons used in the design also featured in the brides bouquet, table centrepieces, chair backs and place settings.”

How beautiful is this French-inspired styled shoot at Stapleford Park? Thank you to Rachael Connerton Photography and the team for sharing.


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