Jourdin & Travis

It was just eight weeks of wedding planning for Jourdin and Travis. The pair, after finding their dream venue at a wedding fair, wasted no time in booking the next available day – which turned out to be just two months away!

We always embrace rain on a wedding day, because there is something utterly romantic about huddling with guests to keep you dry, while you promise to love another forever.

Luckily these two agree, the downpour of their day taking no magic away from it, as evident in every beautiful image captured today by The Barefoot Photographer.

And while it almost didn’t happen for these two, we’re so glad that Jourdin realised there was a lot more to this friendship than she thought. She shares how the pair came to be. “We met through mutual friends. We would often see each other at gatherings- Australia Day, NYE celebrations. I was never interested in Travis. I always thought he was ‘just’ an electrician Haha. I was wrong – he turned out to be my best friend. Travis on the other end- apparently he thought I was really pretty.”

The proposal, also caught this bride to be completely by surprise, in the most comedic of ways. She fills us in. “It was a Sunday- we had gotten home to our fur baby after being at friends for dinner. We had just been teasing Travis about ‘putting a ring on it’ all night, so just the usual really. I was watching ‘I’m a Celebrity Get me out of here!’ (I love that show- and there was a really good ticker trial on). I raced to the bathroom to jump in the shower during the ad break. So I was about to jump in the shower when Travis yelled for me to ‘Come and look!’ Thinking it was our puppy learning a new trick I raced out, starkers, yes. And there he was on one knee, by the fish tank with the puppy sitting next to him. I squealed, ‘wait!! You can’t do this while I’m naked- and ran back to the bathroom to slip my dress back on- leaving him laughing on his knee. I ran back and said yes! To say I was surprised was an understatement!”

The bride found her gorgeous gown at Bridal By Aubrey Rose. “I had eight weeks to plan the wedding of our dreams. I had previously been to Bridal by Aubrey Rose and the girls were so beautiful, I knew that’s where I’d find the one. And so I did, hanging on the shelf- the perfect size- no alterations required. I had my mum, sister (MOH) and best friend (bridesmaid) with me & it couldn’t have been any simpler.”

The bride honoured her family with a few special tokens, explaining “My mum and dad are English and they always give a horseshoe at weddings. I had a beautiful silver horseshoe tied around my bouquet. Very close to my heart. My mum buttoned my dress up- this was a really special moment for us. I received a beautiful bracelet from my dad when he came to pick me up. It will be something I treasure forever.”

Jourdin and Travis chose the beautiful Wilkinson Gallery for their big day, telling “We got engaged in April and after attending a wedding convention in June I couldn’t stop thinking about Wilkinson Gallery. It was a bright, beautiful space, that we could make into our own. I spoke to Travis about some dates that were available (in August!) and we just jumped to the challenge. So the date was booked for August.

We chose Wilkinson Gallery as it was a bright white space with polished wood floorboards and high ceilings. There are 2 beautiful barn doors on each end – the backdrop for our altar. We had our ceremony outside (in the pouring rain!) and the barn door opened to the gallery for the reception. It was perfect.”

The bride walked down the aisle with her father, to The Dinner Singer performing “I Won’t Let You Go” by James Morrison.

Jourdin remembers, of the official part of the day. “We wanted to have a traditional ceremony but one that was fun for everyone. We wanted people to laugh, and be able to relate to the stories that were told. I think we managed to do this. There were so many people laughing. We also love F.R.I.E.N.D.S so there may have been a reference or two!”

Jourdin and Travis made sure to include one very special guest during their ceremony, which was officiated by Rebecca Roberts. Jourdin explaining  “Everything felt very special, to be honest. Probably THE most amazing thing was to have our dog there at the Ceremony. Seeing her there made the whole day that much more special. Willow was our dog of honour, and we couldn’t have imagined the day without her being there. We love her so much!”

The newlyweds loved working with their photographer Pete, telling “Pete – you were just perfect. We met Pete at the same convention as we saw Wilkinson Gallery. A dude was standing with his wife and gorgeous baby son and I just had to go over (I’m a midwife- I love babies!) He had a large (large) beard and I knew within a minute, he was the guy we wanted. I knew Travis, who is a little rustic, would get along with Pete and would be just the presence he needed on his wedding day. And I’m so glad I met him there!”

“It was so wet! If rain is good luck, then we must be very very lucky!! ” notes the bride. “Although it was wet, we didn’t care! I must have had the best wedding party- we were so cold, but almost all of the photos everyone is smiling from ear to ear or having a laugh!”


Jourdin and Travis enlisted The Native Posy Co to style their florals for the day, thanks to the help of the bride’s mother! Jourdin says “Well my mum makes friends with just about everyone she meets. And I’m so glad! She met a lovely lady at Lot One in Hillarys just a short walk from my family home. A lovely lady was dropping off some Australiana florals to the cafe for Mother’s Day. Mum, being her usual self befriended this lovely woman we would come to know as Sue, and the magic just happened from there.

Sue is such a beautiful soul and a very down to earth, caring woman. Proteas and eucalyptus were our wishes, and what beautiful bouquets were created. Sue was such a pleasure to work with and her attention to detail and her floral designs are just impeccable. I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect florist. In fact, she was so much more, she became a friend.”

Guests were surprised with plenty of homemade goodies, tells the bride. “We made individual succulent plants for our guests to ‘Let Love Grow’ and my mum made Chutney with my Grandad’s much-loved recipe. We never got to meet him, so this was really meaningful to us. We also made limoncello test tubes shots for our guests- these were a huge hit!” 

Guests dined on a feast catered by Ultimo Catering. Jourdin noting “AHmazing!! All the guests and I mean ALL the guests have commented on the food. It was so beautiful to look at, and it tasted as good as it looked. I would 100% use this amazing team again.”

The first dance? Casual but romantic for these two, tells Jourdin “Our first dance wasn’t too serious. Travis has never been much of a ballroom dancer! We slow danced to ‘Feels Like Home’ by Edwina Hayes. We asked that towards the end of the song, our mum and dads joined us on the floor. Our first dance ended with Travis dancing with his new mother in law and me dancing with my dad.”

A big congratulations to you both Jourdin and Travis! Thank you for sharing your beautiful day with us. Thank you also to The Barefoot Photographer for today’s beautiful images!


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Happy Friday Dotties! We are gearing up for an exciting week next week as we all get together to celebrate a very big year. We plan to toast, eat lots and actually be physically together, it’s going to be magic!

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Want to get your Christmas list ticked off? Our friends at APS Jewellery are part of a fantastic shopping strip in Melbourne with two fantastic deals! On Sunday 1st of December, the APS Jewellery store will be offering four exclusive design consultations for Polka Dot Bride readers as part of the “Santa Sunday” celebration. To book in, email [email protected] and mention the Polka Dot Bride referral.

You can also hit up Auburn Village on 5th of December for late-night shopping! There’ll be bubbly, special offers, gift wrapping and live music! Find more info on this one here.

The Grace Loves Lace online sample sale has been extended! Shop online to pick up bargains including your favourite gowns at over 30% off! Click click!

Guess what’s back? The stunning glass atrium of “The Botanica” is here again for another beautiful season of weddings thanks to Melbourne caterers Blakes Feast, The stunning glass structure will be available wedding from December 4th to December 20th 2020. Book it here.

Melbourne couples! The Road To Mrs is on this weekend in St Kilda! Buy your ticket here and you’ll enjoy a full day of free-flowing cocktails and bubbles, lunch, while you chat to wedding industry pros and your chance to win in the $20,000 worth of prizes being given away!

Know a couple who have been through a lot, who deserves to tie the knot but have not been able to make it down the aisle? International wedding planners LLG Events are gifting their services to help make one lucky couple’s dreams come true. Nominations are open to all couples regardless of location, race, background, ethnicity, gender, etc and you can nominate a deserving couple to win their wedding planning done for them for free here.

Central Pier in Melbourne, unfortunately, had an emergency shut down earlier this year, leaving many wedding couples without the venue they’d had their heart set on. Now, a campaign is in progress to Save Central pier and the 8  business (not to mention. 1300 jobs) Click here to sign the petition!

Ready to win an entire wedding Mebornites? A group of fun wedding pros has banded together to give a no expenses spared wedding to one lucky couple and their 26 guests on January 9th 2020 at The Line in Melbourne. Think gown, photographer venue, catering, rings florals and so much more!   Hurry to enter here. Entries close November 30th 2019!

The Polka People love to share recommendations with each other and my pick for the week? Top End Wedding. This beautiful Australian movie follows and Adelaide bride and groom as they try to plan their wedding in Darin. It shows Australia off beautifully and the ending has to be one of my favourites. gran this one on Itunes.


Our tune to end out the week comes from the Club Band crew. A little Ed Sheeran for your working week, or perhaps your wedding dance floor? We’re especially loving the unexpected Aussie mashup!

Alison & Nick

We’re off to the country today, with a little bit of glamour as we celebrate the feast-filled festival wedding of Alison and Nick. The pair, who chose Nikki McCrone Photography as chief memory-capturer, invited guests along for a weekend filled with fun. Bell tents set so the party could continue, these guys lived up to expectation- that party? It didn’t stop until dawn!

And because we’re in the midst of celebrating all the tasty treats at part of The Feast issue, we need to acknowledge this feast, because it’s a goodie! Captured by the talented crew at Ed Dixon Food Design, it involved canapes, a beautiful buffet for dinner, allowing guests to feast on freshly shaved honey ham, cheeses and salads before a late-night snack kept guests going well into the morning.

It seems these two have actually been crossing paths for years, says Alison. “We met very briefly 12 years ago, but it was around 5 years ago at a mutual friend’s birthday picnic in the Edinburgh Gardens that we properly met.” Nick popping the question to Alison at the very same restaurant where the couple had their first date.

Alison and Nick chose a glamping style weekend-long celebration at the beautiful Bringalbit Country Retreat for their wedding, Alison explaining  “It’s an incredibly unique country venue, owned and managed by artist Sue Fox. We were allowed to set up glamping tents, party until 6 am and bring in all of our own food, wine and marquee. The ornamental gardens are extraordinary, and the hundred-year-old oak trees were the perfect setting for our ceremony.”

That beautiful suit? Nick worked one on one with the Oscar Hunt team to make something completely custom.

The bride chose a glittering golden gown by Australian designer Rachel Gilbert. She tells “I had  my gown customised by a friend to make it exactly what I wanted.”

Alison and Nick met before the ceremony for photographs, allowing them to be together as guests arrived for the ceremony. It also allowed them plenty of time with photographer Nikki, who they both adored. “Wonder woman, super mum, an AMAZING photographer. She made our guests feel so at ease, the photos she got are so natural and she has a wonderful eye for capturing emotion.”

There was no “walking down the aisle” for Alison, who chose to join Nick in welcoming guests to the ceremony. “I was there when guests arrived with champagne in hand to greet everyone as they arrived. It gave guests a bit of a shock, and gave me all the more time to mingle with our guests.”

Alison and Nick note that this ceremony? It’s actually their second! “We officially got married at the Melbourne Registry office two days before. This enabled us to conduct an unofficial ceremony with two of our closest friends acting as celebrants.”

The feast filled reception was held inside a white marquee, set up by The Marquee People crew. “These guys  took care of the marquee, lighting and refrigeration – these were huge tasks that we didn’t have to worry about at all.”

Beautiful arrangements in shades of red were styled by floral designer Raven And The Rose. Alison noting “We gave Amy a very vague brief (lots of wild dark green foliage, with deep red flowers scattered throughout) and let her unleash her creativity inside the marquee in any way she wanted.”

The bride’s favourite photos? The ones of her guests watching the speeches unfold.

Ready to dance, Alison changed into a short golden gown when the party really got started (and didn’t  end until dawn, even including a little DJ’ing by the groom himself)!

Guests stayed onside in bell tents, welcomed with homemade care packages by the bride and groom.

A big congratulations Alison and Nick! Thank you for sharing your beautiful day with us! Thank you also to Nikki McCrone Photography for today’s gorgeous images.

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