Francie Benecke and Mick Norman were married on June 6 at Francie's parent's property in Monto.
Francie Benecke and Mick Norman were married on June 6 at Francie's parent's property in Monto. Photo Contributed

Hectic lead up to a wedding to remember

ALTHOUGH Francie Norman's wedding dress arrived the day before the event, it was a day to remember forever.

Mrs Norman, nee Benecke, married Mick on June 6 at her parent's property in Monto where she grew up.

But she didn't have much time to try on her gown beforehand.

"I got it at a dress store in Sydney," Mrs Norman said.

"I did have a dress organised but changed my mind at the last minute. I had a change of heart.

"The one I wore had a lot of lace and it was very simple with short sleeves.

"It suited the country theme."

Mrs Norman, a laboratory technician, said she was worried about a few little things leading up to the wedding but it all panned out.

"The amount that our bridal party did for us on the day was pretty amazing," she said.

"It was very hectic but our guests didn't seem to notice and had a good time.

"In the end everything worked out nicely."

About 110 family members and friends gathered for the ceremony before proceeding to the Monto Showgrounds for the reception.

Mrs Norman's cousin decorated the white tables with greenery she raided from her mother-in-law's garden.

There were three cakes for dessert: red velvet, white mud and coconut.

"They were amazing," Mrs Norman said.

"They were exactly how I pictured in my head.

"We've kept some in the freezer for our 12-month anniversary."

Mr and Mrs Norman met through friends after growing up in Monto and have lived in Gladstone for the past 10 years.

"We've been together for 10 years and we hadn't really talked about marriage much," she said.

"But we got engaged in November last year and Mick just said 'Right. June next year. Let's go,' so that was it."

The newlyweds haven't had a honeymoon yet but would like to visit Hong Kong.