Danny & Rachael’s chilled out wedding on their farm.

The Story of Rachael and Dannial

Rachael and Dannial first met at the Gaslight Inn in Sydney. Even from the first moment they saw each other Dannial had a feeling in his heart he already knew her. Dannial found Rachael so intriguing he couldn’t resist introducing himself to her. When they first met Dannial told Rachael he was a builder.

After this first meeting, they were both very busy and so didn’t meet for some time. On their subsequent dinner date Rachael told Dannial she had just been approached by Channel 7 and the team at Dancing With the Stars to produce the dancing show. Rachael told Dannial that she wanted to focus on her documentary film making so had turned down the opportunity. Dannial then confessed he was a dancer as well as a builder and that he worked as a dancer on Dancing With the Stars. Rachael soon changed her mind about only focusing on making documentary film and instead decided to become a producer on the show.  

Rachael and Dannial fell in love. Their love has only grown and they recently had their first baby, Mima Rose, who was of course central to her parent’s wedding day.  

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Rachael and Dannial’s Wedding Day

Rachael and Dannial were at first hesitant about getting married. This hesitation had nothing to do with doubting their love for each other. Instead they felt uncomfortable with the fact that they were able to get married even though many of their friends were unable to due to their sexual orientation. They felt that until the laws were changed to allow same sex marriage that the idea of marriage was lost on them. After much thought, they chose to create their own family unit and get married. Their wedding day had to be on Dannial and Rachael’s terms though. They chose to have a distinctive wedding and worked to create a modern day celebration that focused on love and the importance of community.

Rachael and Dannial decided to get married on their 100 acre property which is situated on the Colo River. The Colo River at Upper Colo, is only 90 minutes from Sydney and is known as one of the last pristine rivers in New South Wales. The gorgeous river is surrounded by the Wollemi National Park which hosts rock art and engravings created by ancient indigenous Australians.

Rachael and Dannial wanted to achieve a beautiful but simple wedding that featured and celebrated the power of our natural environment. As the ceremony was about to start, Rachael and Dannial, together with their family, walked towards each other in the Colo River. When the two families met in the river, Rachael and Dannial then asked all of their guests to step into the river with them. This was their way of making sure that the guests connected to each other whilst leaving their normal life behind.

This really was a wedding where the whole community came together to make it a success. Rachael and Dannial’s friends helped to set up the marquee on the grounds of their property and even the flowers in the bridal bouquet were sourced from both Rachael and Dannial’s garden and neighbouring gardens. The flowers were then arranged by a florist friend of theirs. The wine that was served at the wedding was made by a friend who is also a winemaker and now owns his own business called Commyns & Co in the Hunter Valley. One particularly forward thinking and clever friend of Rachael’s knew that she would need two wedding dresses as Rachael’s main wedding dress would get wet and dirty during the ceremony. Rachael’s friend proceeded to order Dolce and Gabbana fabric from Milan which she then made into a gorgeous dress that fit Rachael like a glove.  Some of Rachael and Dannial’s closest friends even organised a short honeymoon at the South Coast as a surprise wedding gift.  

If you are currently organising your own wedding and you love the sound of Rachael and Dannial’s wedding day you will be really pleased to hear that they have decided to create ‘Colo River Events. ’ Their new event venue business will allow others to create an event that is distinctive to them whilst being surrounded by the pristine wilderness and magical river on their property.  

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What Did Rachael Say About My Photography?

‘When we first received the photos we couldn’t believe the epic collection that James had created. In particular we loved how the photos tell the story of the day as it unfolds. 

As I am a cinematographer it was important for me to choose exactly the right photographer for Dannial’s and my wedding. I first met James at one of his Daylight Learn courses that he ran. I found his work to be really inspiring and I just loved the way James ran his business.  I had to make 100 % sure that I chose the right photographer as to fail with this would have been a disaster for me. If I had any reservations about James’s photography there is no way that I would have chosen him as my wedding photographer. 

One of the things I like about James’ photography is that he works in a documentary style. James also has a sense of adventure and is not concerned about getting dirty. For example, when we were driving along a dusty road James decided that spinning the car in the dust would create a good photographic effect…and he of course was right…

Overall I would advise you to not think twice and just book James!     

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