It’s a love story that spans across  the globe. From opposite sides of the world, it must have been fate that prompted Michela and Matthew Smith to attend the same festival  in Spain.

They met in 2016 while at  La Tomatina, the famous Spanish tomato-throwing festival held near the city of Valencia.

They were both young, backpacking through Europe at the time. Michela was from Vancouver, Canada, while Matthew heralded from Brisbane.

Michela admits it was “lust” at first sight and says they both liked each other instantly.

They decided to keep in touch, especially since Matthew was already planning to work a ski season in Canada.

“I think it was a few months later our relationship started when Matt landed in Vancouver,” Michela shares.

“We had five months there and then five months long distance, and then I moved here, and I’ve been here for almost seven years.”

Now based in Brisbane together, Michela says she had been hinting at the idea of marriage for quite some time, not-so-subtly sending screenshots of rings she liked.

She says she knew a proposal was coming but had no idea when or where.

“In 2022, we went to Canada for Christmas and then went over to Mexico with my family for a holiday,” she tells salt.

“While we were in Mexico, he proposed at sunset, which was very nice.

“I had an inkling, as it had been six years at that stage, so he was getting the nudge from me.”

The couple wed at Noosa Springs Golf and Spa Resort on March 15, 2024.

Michela says they wanted a “timeless” look, opting for black and white as the colour theme for their special day.

“I wanted it to have a timeless feel,” she says.

“The groomsmen wore black suits, my bridesmaids were in black dresses, and we had white florals everywhere.”

With the ceremony, reception and guest accommodation all on site, Michela says the choice of location made it a smooth day for the couple and their 75 guests.

“The ceremony was in The Plateau, which was the garden, and all our guests stayed there after for the cocktail hour while we went and got our photos.

“Right after the ceremony, we had a champagne tower,  which was really nice.

“Then we moved into the reception area for dinner and dancing. It was really nice having the whole wedding in the same area, and we also stayed there in the accommodation.”

Michela says the weather was in the couple’s favour, and she felt extremely relaxed for the big day.

“We were really blessed with the weather. The weather in Noosa was shocking the whole week, and then, on our wedding day, it was blue skies.

“I also felt really relaxed on the day,” she adds. “Everything went really smooth.

“The staff were great, and we really got to enjoy ourselves.”

As a special touch to their special day, Michela and Matthew chose a close friend as their celebrant.

Michela says one of her favourite parts of the day was having the wedding photos taken, alongside her husband, around the golf course and resort grounds.

“It was really fun going to take photos as we got around on the golf carts.

“Our photographers made us feel really comfortable. We had a lot of fun with them.”

About the venue

Noosa Springs Golf and Spa Resort offers a tranquil setting for ceremonies, as well as unique photographic locations, catering options and on-site accommodation. There are various packages available, and the venue can cater for intimate gatherings right through to gala weddings catering for more than 100 guests.