Real Wedding: Jodie & Adam



Organising a largely DIY wedding from Darwin meant high school sweethearts Jodie and Adam Hawthorne had to really work together to achieve their dream day. From their windswept and wonderful Sunshine Beach ceremony to a riotous reception packed with friends and family from near and far, we think they achieved it in spades. We especially adore their use of delicate yet wild baby’s breath as a signature bloom.


Date: 24 May 2013

Location: Sunshine Coast

No. of Guests: 70

First Dance Song: ‘Like a Version’ cover of The Jezabels – Endless Summer by Josh Pyke.



How did you meet? 
Adam and I met on my first day at my new high school. In his words to his mates, “I’ll have her in two weeks!” Took him two months! Eleven years later he is still just as cheeky.

Tell us about the proposal …
We had organised a trip away to celebrate our ten year anniversary. We had always wanted to go to the Dubbo Zoo, so we thought this would be a great chance to experience it. Here I was making arrangements to stay at the Zoofari Lodge overnight thinking it was both our ideas, he had actually been planning it for about 6 months and just lead me to believe he had nothing special as yet planned! At sunset while overlooking the open plains and the roaming animals, he popped the question with a beautiful tear drop solitaire ring.

DIY Details
We made a lot of our decorations. From stationery to the hanging vases along the aisle to the centrepieces, cake topper and matchbox bombonnieres, we did it all! Having no family or friends around us since we’d moved to Darwin, I was extremely lucky to have Adam help me with it all. We were so impressed with how it all turned out considering neither of us consider ourselves very crafty!”

What made the wedding uniquely ‘ours’ 
All the DIY aspects and the simplicity of the whole day was very unique to us. Being able to let our hair down with our loved ones and dance the night away was something we will always remember.

Funniest Moment
We called my mum afterwards to let her know the great news and she refused to believe us. She thought we were playing a trick on her (guess that’s what happens when you are a pair of tricksters!). Even after sending her a pic of my ring she thought we had superimposed it on my hand! It wasn’t until a pic of my ring on my hand and my face that she finally believed us!!

Special memory from the day?
Moving to our new home of Darwin, NT together at the beginning of the year! I was offered a position within my current company and we couldn’t give up such a great opportunity to see Australia.

Special Thanks…
Special thanks would have to go to our amazing vendors, their help was extremely supportive and having such lovely people to work with made the day so enjoyable and less stressful. Also, both our mothers and our amazing bridal party for all their help on the day and leading up to it.

Do you have any advice for future brides-to-be?
My advice for other brides is firstly, not to get overwhelmed when you first start planning. Yes there is a lot to do but if you listen to your gut instincts, the decisions are pretty much made for themselves. Secondly, if you plan on DIY-ing anything, start as early as possible and utilise any help from friends/family that is offered!

Ceremony: Ocean View Lawn, Sunshine Beach Surf Life Saving Club
Reception: Ocean View Room, Sunshine Beach Surf Life Saving Club
Gown: Sugar and Spice Bridal, Chermside
Bridesmaid Attire: Forever New
Groom's Suit: Connor
Groomsmen Attire: Connor
Decorator: First Class Functions
Flowers: First Class Functions
Hair: Coastal Style Mobile Hairdressing
Makeup: The Makeup Room / Newtown
Cake: The Cheesecake Shop, Cleveland (decorated by family)
Music: Rockinuwild
Photographer: Wildflower Images
Honeymoon: Thavorn Beach Village and Spa, Phuket
Celebrant: Natalie Banner - From this Moment Ceremonies
Engagement Ring: Blue Nile
Bride's Wedding Ring: Blue Nile
Groom's Wedding Ring: Michael Hill Jewellers

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