A rustic wedding at Projekt 3488 in Victoria, Australia

26 Feb 2019

Simon Thomas Cox and Natasha Mae Edward-Johnson’s celebration was an intimate affair decorated with red roses and natural greenery

How did you meet?

We fell in love on the ski slopes at Mount Buller, Victoria in Australia, and haven’t looked back since.

Tell us about the proposal.

It was a Friday night and I was in a hurry to finish my work week and get to our property. Simon had kindly offered to pick up some vegetables from the shops – unbeknown to me, he had placed signs in our chestnut orchard and when I got home he suggested we go for a walk together and a glass of wine to relax after a busy week. As we approached the front of property in front of the signs, he got down on one knee and proposed. I can happily say I said yes through all the tears.

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What was the theme for the day, and did you have a colour scheme?

The theme for us was simple – a great venue with close friends and family, and amazing food. We wanted a relaxed but formal evening wedding that would be a lasting memory for not just us but all involved. We had rustic tones of wood, matte greenery and deep red roses.

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What venue did you choose and why did you choose it?

We were attending a tourism network Yarra Valley night at Projekt 3488 and as we both walked in the doors we turned to each other and said: “This is the one – this is our wedding venue.” By this stage we had looked into more than 15 venues and none had felt right. The gardens took our breath away and the venue was restored in an exquisite way that allowed the building to shine in all its charm. It suited us and it suited what we wanted, as a venue that would take our guests breath away.

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When did you know when you’d found ‘the’ dress?

I fell in love with my dress on the second day of dress shopping. It was a last-minute decision to go dress shopping with my maid of honour Vanessa. Fairytales were having a sale and we both thought it couldn’t hurt to go and have a look. My previous attempt to find a dress had left me deflated and feeling that I would never find something to suit my budget and style. I initially saw the lace and was intrigued – it wasn’t the standard style of wedding gown lace and I liked that. It wasn’t on the rack but was hidden behind another gown. After collecting several other dresses to try I asked the assistant if she could grab the dress I had seen earlier. I hadn’t seen anything more of the dress at this stage until I was trying it on and I fell in love. It fitted me like a glove and was everything I wanted in a dress.

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My favourite detail from the day was my veil. It was and is so special to me. A friend and work colleague helped me to select the lace and fabric before she spent hours sowing it all together with invisible thread. The result was amazing and it worked out better than I could have ever imagined. It gave me the train my dress lacked and made me feel even more like a princess on my big day.  

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What did the bridesmaids wear? 

They all wore dresses from Shieke. I had three bridesmaids, including my maid of honour Vanessa.

Where did you find your suits?

Bell and Barnett customised suits.

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Did you hire a wedding planner? 

I did the event planning and styling myself. Mark from Projekt 3488 has an amazing eye for detail and the venue is a testament to this. I really didn’t have to do anything in the way of styling it was all there. The vibe was created by the people involved.

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Tell us about your floral arrangements.

We had beautiful deep red Australian native flowers with greenery by Holly from Anouk flowers. 

Often the aspect that makes a wedding original to the couple is the detail – tell us about the details of the day.

The DIY project we chose to undertake for our wedding was a forging and forming ring-making course at POD Jewellery in Kyneton.  We spent the day with Bec from POD Jewellery in her little studio. We got to make and design our wedding bands from a strand of white gold and silver. Bec’s keen eye and guidance helped us to create wedding bands that will last a life time. We will also be able to enjoy the memories of making them together. I then had diamonds set into my band to give it extra sparkle, all with Bec’s help.

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How did you feel as you walked down the aisle?

It was at that moment it became real as to what we were doing – before this it didn’t feel real. In that moment, I stepped out from behind the doors and saw Simon’s face and all the people gathered there to witness our special moment with my dad by my side. Simon had tears in his eyes and my heart melted. 

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How did you make the ceremony personal to you?

The songs we chose were Thomas Rhett  ‘Die a Happy Man’ for our aisle song, Counting Crows ‘Accidentally in Love’ for the recessional walk, and Norah Jones ‘Come Away With Me’ for our first dance.

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What was your most memorable moment?

Walking down the aisle and seeing Simon’s face. 

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What was the most challenging aspect of planning this wedding?

In the lead up to the wedding Simon decided he wanted to change our original idea for the aisle and move it upstairs to be on the deck at the venue – what  he hadn’t thought about was how we would then be able to make the ceremony back drop work, typical groom!  After discussing it with the florist, we decided that she would make a floral and greenery garland to go over an arbour. The only problem was we were a week out from the wedding and there was no arbour in sight. I broached the topic of hiring one with Simon who promptly announced he would make one – how hard could it be? Simon and I gathered some branches from our property and quickly put it together. The only problem with the arbour once was at the venue, on the evening of the wedding, it wouldn’t stand up…. I left it in the hands of Holly our florist and Mark from Projekt who created the perfect backdrop.  

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What was the most important investment for you?

The venue and the food.

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Tell us about your wedding cake.

It was white chocolate and raspberry mud cake.

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Did anything go wrong on the day?

We had a sleepless night before the wedding with my two-year-old niece Chloe being ill. My sister and I woke up at 5.15am to Chloe saying: “Coffee? Cake?” As cute as she was, my sister and I both wanted to roll over and go back to sleep but Chloe had other ideas. The morning only got more exciting when my brother in-law managed to get the car bogged while trying to find our accommodation, which resulted in an hour and 40 minute rescue attempt from family and friends. In the meantime, the exuberant Chloe made sure the morning was all about her – luckily we love her dearly…

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Do you have any advice for couples in the planning stages?

If I can give any advice about planning a wedding it would be don’t settle, if you find a venue you love and a team of amazing people your day will go to plan. Don’t sweat the small stuff at the end of the day it will be amazing as long as those close are gathered with you to celebrate. Make sure those standing beside you on your day are the ones you truly hold close. For me my bride tribe was everything. They made the whole thing fabulous and couldn’t think of anyone else I wanted standing by my side. At the end of the day it’s about you and your fiancé, stay true to what you want.

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Steal their style:
Photographer: Rick Liston Photography.
Wedding Feature: Giant Invitations 
Dress: Jessica Couture 
Necklace: Ringwood Jewellers 
Wedding Bands: Handmade by bride and groom with POD Jewellery
Make-up: Lisa Cathcart
Hair: Oshun Retreat 
Shoes: Nine West 
Bridesmaid dresses: Shieke 
Suits: Bell & Barnett 
Florist: Anouk Flowers
Napkins: Yarra Linen
Venue: Projekt 3488 
Catering and cake: Locavore studio

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