Weddings: Sophie & Danny

Sophie and Danny met at a UV party 2 years earlier (“typical huh?” she sez). Not a lot was said to one another all night. Sophie went home and a friend helped fate along and gave Danny Sophie’s number.
Danny and Sophie had an amazing connection straight away and they spent as much time together as possible fishing, walking and dining together.
Danny was quick to know that he didn’t want to look any further in a life partner and he surprised Sophie after 3 months together in proposing on a cliff side in Milford Sound.
They weren’t intending to get married until 2012 after the arrival of their beautiful son Caleb, now 6 months old.
They bought the date forward to January 2011. Even that wasn’t soon enough and October 2nd was picked as they learned of the terminal illness of Sophie’s Dad. Sophie’s Dad, Barry was diagnosed with terminal cancer in May of this year. Sophie’s Mum, Bridget, and her sister’s Tessa and Annie have endured the most intense and emotional 6 months with Barry in and out of Hospice care and a Wedding to plan in the hope that he would walk Sophie down the aisle. Sophie’s Dad passed away with his family around him on October 1st 2010.
The amazing strength that came from the Russell family was incredible. They entered Sophie & Danny’s Wedding Day with massive smiles, genuine laughs and high spirits. Barry Russell was remembered with a candle at the ceremony. Sophie attached his Wedding ring and a locket with his photo in it to her bouquet and a little orange digger followed them around representing a part of him.

The day was filled with happiness, smiles and strength. They were married at St Peter’s Chanel in Green Island, Dunedin. We headed to the Hospice where Sophie’s Dad lived out his days to see the wonderful staff that took such good care of him. And then headed to the Train Station and Beach for some fun photos.

Thank you Sophie & Danny in making Doug and I feel soooo apart of your lives. You opened your hearts to us and it was a pleasure to witness and capture such love and beauty within a family.

Lots of Love, Heather xxx

This photo was taken at a Wedding of Sophie’s parents just before her Dad’s diagnosis.

  • Oh wow! Heather, you have outdone yourself. Every single photo is just mesmerizing! What an amazing couple with a heartbreaking, but beautiful story. You captured true emotion and all the special details so perfectly. XOX

  • Awesome work heather.. I love how Danny looks at Sophie.. so much love there. :+)

  • Sophie & Danny

    Wow what can we say.. On October the 2nd 2010 you stepped into our home as though you were part of the family, with smiles, grace and a wide range of personalities, considering the hard time we were going through . Throughout the day you made Danny and I feel so special and happy. Although Saturday was an emotional day …for us, you two came into our lives and made all the emotions go away and gave us a wonderful afternoon filled with fun, laughter and a lot of smiles. You and Doug have an amazing gift, and we are so thankful that we got to see that for ourselves. You are now part of the Russell/Todd Families and we are glad to have you part of it. We cannot thank you enough for your time you gave up to spend it with Danny and I. Love you guys so much.

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