Married just shy of their seven-year anniversary on a beautiful October day, Maddie Normington and Todd Smith exchanged vows on their Murchison East farm, surrounded by the love of their friends and family.
With The Woolshed @ Emerald Bank set as their reception space, Maddie said a lot of the styling took care of itself. A wooden archway decorated with luscious pink flowers greeted the couple at the end of the aisle, with towering eucalyptus trees making it the perfect country scene. “It was always going to be a rustic style to tie in with the farm and the woolshed,” she said.
The perfect dress
For Maddie, buying the perfect dress was easier than she expected. Hunting for a traditional dress with a touch of modern, she had a clear idea of the direction she was headed in. “I really loved lace and I knew that’s what I always wanted,” she said. After looking in just a few shops, she had her heart set on her final dress. “By the time I was going to look (for a wedding dress) in Melbourne I knew that I was coming back to Shepparton to buy that one.”
After meeting at high school in Year 10, Maddie said a lot had changed over the years, with her and Todd growing up together. “We were just kids then. We’ve gone through a lot together and we’re just really lucky to have had each other,” Maddie said. The couple took the next big step together when Todd proposed while on a romantic trip in Bright.
Stunning in navy
Inspired by the growing trend of navy dresses, Maddie said she settled on a bridesmaid style with lace detailing and a pleated skirt that beautifully complemented her own dress. “The navy bridesmaids’ dresses just looked beautiful on my girls and although I never thought I’d go long, it was a dress they all loved,” she said. “They looked amazing.”
We love: The addition of a bright Kombi van.
See more photos from Maddie and Todd's wedding day over on our Instagram.
Wedding date: Saturday, October 14, 2017
Bride's parents: Sue and Paul Normington
Groom's parents: Penee and Phillip Smith
Service: Private property, Murchison East
Reception: The Woolshed @ Emerald Bank, Kialla
Photography: Lisa Nardella Photography
Bride's and bridesmaids' dresses: Michele’s Bridal and Formal Wear, Shepparton
Flowers: Blossom with Love, Shepparton
Cake: Bride’s mother
Hair and make-up: Gloss Hair and Beauty, Shepparton