Real Weddings

Modern Romance in the Byron Bay Hinterland

Photography by Jason Corroto for Dani & James

When we heard stylist and creative Danielle Butchart (of LANE favorite The Make Haus) was due to be married, we knew something magic was coming… Combining an inimitable eye for detail with a penchant for the unexpected, Dani and James’ wedding was a kaleidoscope of design and styling, where an aesthetic built from texture and colour was brought to life in the Byron Bay Hinterland.

Set against the inky façade of The Orchard Estate, Dani and James made use of the minimalist space, creating elaborate structures adorned with orchids and antique roses in the softest of hues. With formal table settings switched out in favor of communal gathering areas, guests were encouraged to mingle as the sun disappeared behind the endless hills, capturing every moment with the wedding’s hashtag – forever immortalized in neon print…

Photography by Jason Corroto.

Our Story

Names / Dani & James

Wedding Date / November 18, 2017

Guest Numbers / 100

How We Met

We met briefly in our hometown and found each other on holidays in Byron Bay 2013. Our love was instant and we spent everyday day together at the beach, partying. Life actually felt super easy, I wasn’t working, we had no kids which give us a sense of freedom.


Our Engagement Story

The proposal came as a surprise four years after we first met. We had a trip planned for Noosa which James surprised me with on my birthday four weeks prior. I found out the night before we were headed for Noosa and the morning of at 4 am, James put on our favourite song (Flight Facilities, Claire De Lune) and walked me to the lounge room. I could barely open my eyes as I was a little hungover. He had painted on the floor across a 4x4m span ‘WILL YOU MARRY ME’. He used ceiling paint…and started at midnight. It was a pretty magical moment.

We have since painted the floors and the words unfortunately were scraped away, but we laugh as Taubmans posted it on their Instagram.


Marriage To Us Means

I think we both feel so comfortable, confident and proud of each other. We know what we want, we work out how to do it, and just do anything we can to make it happen.

James has always gone out of his way to express how much he loves me, in tough times and happy times. He is motivated and determined to provide for his family and I’m so grateful for this. We support each other and feed off each other’s strengths and weaknesses

The Details


Wedding Location

We decided to travel north to Byron, back where we met and had some special holidays together. As a stylist, I had seen so many local venues and none felt exciting anymore. When we found The Orchard Estate we booked it instantly. We had just painted our house black and since it was the same, we knew our friends would instantly understand why we picked it.


Theme & Style

The mood was a subtle mix of dark and pastels balanced with fresh white furniture against the harsh black exterior. We were very much inspired by the orchard building itself. Black, bold, architectural. It was important to keep the styling contemporary yet with a classic undertone to not allow any prominent trends take over. The wedding was cocktail, therefore inspiration was drawn from events that had visual elements to entertain guests throughout the duration as they mingled on the property. The use of the airstream, coloured smoke and grazing carts allowed lots of movement.



I had previously worked with Jason Corroto on a wedding on the Northern Beaches, I got a good feeling and liked his vibe instantly. His approach is thoughtful and serious, and he challenges himself to truly capture moments. His eye for composition and feeling was on point for me

Fashion Notes


Bride’s Dress

I really wanted a gown that was designed just for me, I discovered this incredibly talented designer in Petersham Sydney called Sant Elia. We developed the shape of the gown from one she had on the racks and the look evolved over time.  It was important to have a contemporary dress which still was quite bridal. It was exactly what I wanted and beyond my wildest dreams of what was possible.


Groomsmen’s Attire

James wanted to wear a tux and this set the tone for how we wanted to look on the day. He wore head to toe black.