Wheelie spe­cial start to big day

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - INSIDER - PHO­TOG­RA­PHER ALEXAN­DER ALBA

Bride Dim­i­tria favours Bent­ley sedans, sim­i­lar to her bridal car, while groom Luigi drives a hot­ted-up 1980 Ford XD ute and is an avowed Ford devo­tee.

Dim­i­tria’s wed­ding high­light was cel­e­brat­ing with fam­ily and friends. Luigi’s was the burnout of hon­our staged by about 10 mates out­side his fam­ily’s semiru­ral Kemps Creek home on the morn­ing of the cer­e­mony.

Although she did not wit­ness the event, Dim­i­tria says Luigi’s best mates cel­e­brated by burn­ing rub­ber for about 10 min­utes on the street out­side his home.

Dim­i­tria (also known as Demi) Theocharous and Luigi Mar­ciano be­came close friends af­ter their first meet­ing at a mu­tual friend’s 18th birth­day party in 2011.

Friend­ship pro­gressed to romance af­ter their first date, watch­ing hor­ror movie Para­nor­mal Ac­tiv­ity at Pen­rith in Jan­uary 2013.

Luigi was at­tracted to Demi’s beauty while Demi was en­tranced by Luigi’s smile and “funny na­ture”.

Shared in­ter­ests in­clude sports, travel, re­lax­ing and cars, with Luigi work­ing as a ser­vice ad­viser with a Ford mo­tor deal­er­ship, while Demi made a ca­reer change from preschool teach­ing to be­come a stock con­troller at Triv­ett lux­ury car deal­er­ship.

Luigi planned his pro­posal care­fully, or­der­ing 100 roses from South Africa for de­liv­ery on Christ­mas Day 2015.

The white-gold en­gage­ment ring Luigi had de­signed with a princess-cut di­a­mond set in a halo of cush­ion cut di­a­monds was hid­den in the bou­quet.

“I had no idea he was get­ting the ring, but I love it,” Demi says. “And I wasn’t ex­pect­ing it when he pro­posed in front of all our fam­ily at Christ­mas. There were about 50 peo­ple there, they were all cry­ing.”

Luigi and Demi’s fam­i­lies al­ready had a tra­di­tion of shar­ing Christ­mas cel­e­bra­tions. In 2015 they had gathered at Demi’s fam­ily home when Luigi sur­prised her with his pro­posal.

“I was so shocked that at first I didn’t give him an an­swer,” Demi says.

“He had to ask me again if my an­swer was a yes or a no.”

Demi al­ready had a clear idea of her “dream” wed­ding gown. But the strap­less Cin­derella de­sign, with a 3D lace bodice over silk or­ganza and a silk or­ganza skirt flow­ing into a four me­tre train, evolved dur­ing sev­eral fit­tings over the next 11 months.

“I was so happy with my dress, it was beau­ti­ful,” Demi says of the gown which in­cluded a five-me­tre veil.

Their wed­ding party of nine brides­maids and grooms­men, along with three flow­er­girls and page boys, in­cluded Demi’s brother and Luigi’s sis­ter, as well as Luigi’s cousins.

The cou­ple chose a white and gold colour scheme for their cel­e­bra­tion on March 25, 2017, with a cer­e­mony at Our Lady of Vic­to­ries Catholic Church, Hors­ley Park.

Their re­cep­tion for 400 guests was held at the Lem­nos Club, Clarence House, where their page boys and flow­er­girls en­tered in minia­ture elec­tric cars.

Greek bouzouki player Elias Hatzis and Ital­ian singer Graziano Fer­reri pro­vided en­ter­tain­ment af­ter Demi and Luigi danced their bridal waltz to Why I Love You by Ma­jor.

De­spite just one dance les­son, their waltz “went very well”, Demi says.

“We went to one dance les­son but we were laugh­ing the whole time,” she says.

“We just couldn’t take it se­ri­ously, so we didn’t go back.”

The cou­ple have set­tled at Kemps Creek.

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