Nudes & Neutrals | An Ultra-Elegant Affair at Stapleford Park
We adore everything about Rachael Connerton Photography here at Save the Date Magazine HQ, and we just knew we had to share Sarah & Luke’s beautiful big day. Let’s hand you over to Rachael, to tell us a little more about the inspiration for this gorgeous wedding celebration at Stapleford Park…
I WAS EXPECTING BEAUTIFUL UNDERSTATED ELEGANCE…
“Shooting amongst the fading lavender to replicate the shot I knew Sarah and Luke loved so much from their pre-wedding shoot, I was one very happy photographer. The last of the beautiful October sunshine meant that we meandered happily through the breathtaking grounds at Stapleford Park (It also meant that we were treated to glimpses of heavenly detail on Sarah’s dress as she turned with a huge smile to look back at her new husband!).
I was expecting beautiful understated elegance (Sarah and I had chatted excitedly about her love of nudes and neutrals), I was expecting stunning florals, courtesy of the incredible ‘Sophie’s Flower Company’ (and I certainly wasn’t disappointed) and I was expecting lots of beautifully happy close family moments (as I knew there were some extra special family connections). What I wasn’t expecting was how naturally effortless it would all feel – Sarah and Luke just seemed to melt into each other and were so relaxed and happy – it was completely infectious.”
FAMILY IS REALLY IMPORTANT TO SARAH AND LUKE…
“As I said, family is really important to Sarah and Luke, so much so that when I asked them why they fell in love Stapleford Park their response was that they wanted to choose a venue which was local to them so that all of their family (and particularly their grandparents) could attend, which was so special to hear. Second only to them seeing each other for the first time as Sarah walked down the aisle, they both explained that one of their favourite moments was when they greeted their guests in the gardens as husband and wife and then having all their friends and family together for the whole day.
Over to Sarah for a few more details…”
WE WANTED OUR WEDDING TO BE ELEGANT, ROMANTIC AND CLASSIC
“We wanted our wedding to be very elegant, romantic and classic. We were drawn to the character of not only the building of Stapleford Park itself, but also the grounds – we joked that if they were to get married it would simply have to be Stapleford Park and low and behold, our dreams came true!
We also wanted our day to be simple and loved the nude tones we chose and the beautiful lanterns – we had our heart set on having a candle light evening.
I had an idea in my head of the dress I thought I really wanted, however when I tried it on it just didn’t suit my petite frame. I tried around 12 dresses on in total and ‘the one’ just completely stood out – as I walked out of the changing room at Annie Laurie everyone just loved it and I felt so sophisticated, classic and elegant in this dress, which is exactly how I hoped I’d feel.
I have always had a real love for flowers and white hydrangeas are my favourite. Sophie at Sophie’s Flower Company helped us brilliantly to create the exact look that we were aiming for. Sophie also gave us Rachael’s contact details.
I made contact with Rachael really just for an idea on pricing and from the moment we spoke we just clicked, we both loved the same things and I could tell that Rachael had a real passion for her work. We thoroughly enjoyed our pre wedding shoot with Rachael and felt relaxed from the moment we met.
Rachael’s husband, Ian is just as lovely as Rachael and we both had so much fun working with them, nothing was too much.
To all brides and grooms to-be, I have one word – relax! We were both very nervous on the morning of the big day but there really was no need. Also make sure you enjoy and take in every second – everyone says that the day passes by with a blue, but it really does go so fast!”
A FEW WORDS FROM RACHAEL CONNERTON PHOTOGRAPHY…
“I loved delivering Sarah and Matt’s album to them and reminiscing about their incredible day (over a cup of tea or two!). It was so special to hear all their exciting plans and projects for their first year as Mr and Mrs and I’m really looking forward to keeping in touch and hearing more!”
You can find out more about Rachael Connerton Photography here.