Rock n Roll Engagement Party Turned Surprise Wedding: Travis & Erin


Travis and Erin challenged themselves to spend no more than $5000 on their wedding – and they did it! One of the key things about this wedding was that they kept it a secret from their guests. That’s right, they had no idea they were going to a wedding that day… they all thought they were just there for an engagement party! The day was held at The Briars Homestead Garden, Mount Martha, Australia.


“We both wanted a day where everyone felt relaxed, with a beer in their hand and a belly full of good food”, the bride explained. “My family used to love going on picnics when we were young and we thought that would be the best way to translate what we wanted to achieve; a day in the sun with friends, music, food and booze. So our theme was a laid back picnic engagement party turned SURPRISE WEDDING with splashes of red and blue!”


“Our wedding could not have been more ‘us’ if we tried”, she continued. “Having a formal wedding with table names and a directory on where you have to sit for the whole day just isn’t us. Travis and I are a weird mix of punk rock, rockabilly, geeky, penny saving and slightly disorganized tattooed weirdos. I think our wedding was exactly that.”


“Our celebrant was definitely a massive part in making our wedding unique. One of my greatest friends summed her up perfectly ‘…the waitress did a Cinderella and became the most incredible celebrant on the planet’. She was so full of crazy good vibes, humour, heartfelt honesty and truly conveyed the strength and honour of marriage. Coco the celebrant put words together in a way that made us all laugh and cry and burst with love. Not to mention the fact she read our vows from my favourite illustrated version of Alice In Wonderland and dressed the part too; stripey knee-high socks, an adorable illustrated apron and top hat!”


The bride’s favourite moment from the wedding was obviously when they finally revealed to their guests that they were actually there to get married! “I’ll never forget watching the colour drain from Trav’s face and look of panic when I whispered ‘I’m going to get changed in 10 minutes!’,” she laughed. “And of course the screams and cheers when dad and I stood at the top of the steps waiting for everyone to click that I’m now wearing wedding dress, holding on to my dad’s arm waiting to fang it down the aisle!”




  1. Angela

    Epic stuff!!! The bride is just stunningly beautiful! Love everything about this. The group photo right at the end, by the shed is amazing too! 🙂

  2. What a great surprise for the guests! I love this laid back party style wedding. The bride’s hair and dress are to die for!! And, yes, that group shot in front of the shed is the best wedding party photo, EVER. Many congratulations to the happy couple 🙂

  3. allie lister

    Absolutely love Everything about this Ding. The tattoos. The Bright Hair. Everyone’s so Relaxed and smiling and Aging fun. Beautiful. Wish there were more photos.

  4. Donna

    Bruiser and Trav your wedding was the bomb! So glad it was featured xxxxxx Jessie did a kick arse job of the pics too!!!!

  5. This wedding was the highlight of my career. The vows were killer-so well thought out. Also the inclusion of an equality statement to acknowledge fellow human beings was something I wish all my couples would do (it isn’t legal for same sex couples to marry in Australia-yes I know-horrendous)Best wedding. Divine couple and brilliantly talented photographer xx

  6. Jenna

    HAPPY TO HAD BEEN APART OF THIS BEAUTIFUL DAY!! I remember sitting there, summer dress and sunniest on with a drink in hand with the sun shining down and as I looked around I was so emotional thinking why don’t they get married today is perfect and everything was just so ‘Erin and Trav’ so relaxed and so much laughter, where so many different people from different parts of their lives all came together to celebrate these two finally being engaged!! I remember turning around and seeing her at the top of the stair and my eyes were full of tears( THEY DID NOT STOP COMING!) She was so amazing beautiful and I couldn’t believe the day was actually here!! (and that the kept this secret) but wouldnt havery it any other way! The days couldn’t have been more perfect! And I wish them all the happiness in the world <3


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