Wheelie special start to big day
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.