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Jodie and Dean were married on Friday 13th December at The Boathouse Palm Beach. Jodie is my cousin, but with 36 hours between us, we’re more like sisters – so to play the role of her bridesmaid and her celebrant made this day one of the most special moments in my life.

It couldn’t be any more apparent how truly in love these two are. Their story started when they were just 14 and although it was a somewhat short-lived teenage romance, it formed a friendship that lasted through the years, and brought them together 16 years after they first met. 

Jodie decided to make a spontaneous visit to Bali in 2010, and caught up with Dean who is based in Indonesia as the owner of the Secret Sumatra surf camp. When it was time to head back to Sumatra and he was running late, he asked Jodie to come with him but told her she would only have 5 minutes to get ready if they wanted to make the flight. When she threw everything in her bag and was barefoot and ready in 3, Dean realized she just might be the one!

These two have had a whirlwind few years living between Indonesia and Australia and they welcomed their beautiful son River into the world in 2011.

When they chose to come home for their wedding and chose The Boathouse as the place where they would say ‘I do’, their friends and family couldn’t have been happier. Knowing these two, this wedding was going to be one almighty celebration!