Tap your heels three times for love.



Angie and Lui have never been a conventional couple and their wedding was no exception. It was a fantastic, magical day with personal touches and quirky details sprinkled through everything. We chatted to the couple about how they made their day so special to them and they shared about Lui’s amazing proposal.

Tell us about the proposal? We go on an annual Christmas light tour, and unbeknownst to Angie, I had organised the proposal. Everyone packed into the convoy of cars and on the way to the first stop, we made a detour into an empty carpark on busy Gympie Rd. At the end of that carpark, there is a giant digital billboard, which at the time, had a picture of a home decorated with Christmas lights. Thinking this was a bit of a joke, everybody laughed, it was then that the board changed to a scene from Angie’s favourite movie ‘The Wizard of Oz’, and Cath McCourt began to strum “somewhere over the rainbow” on her ukulele. The board changed again to ask the big question “Angie will you marry me”? and I got down on a knee and asked the question.

Describe your wedding? We had our Mum (Mimma Monforte) be our flower girl. We also had Cath McCourt play the Uke and “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” for us for the Bridal entrance (same lady as the proposal). Because we own an espresso bar, we organised a full espresso machine and served coffee martinis for our cocktail hour. Also had personalised chocolates and wines for our wedding favours.

You had a theme for the day? We wanted a relaxed feeling whilst still being classy so the theme was “Old Hollywood Glam” but we had two lines of tables and served our Italian Family-style menu in a banquet setting. This created a very comfortable and chilled atmosphere. We also had a cigar bar stocked with a great collection of scotches and fortified wines. Zen catering was fantastic in accommodating our menu choices, and drinks selections and they embraced our ideas. Also, our celebrant Josh Withers was instrumental in making our ceremony unforgettable.

Why did you decide to celebrate at Lightspace? Lightspace is an unbelievable venue – a blank canvas if you will, which allowed us to create our vision and completely personalise our day.

What other moments from the day were really special to you? Our first dance was to ‘Last night on earth’ – Green day as it held great significance and the band took the special care to learn and play it for us.

Advice to other couples getting married? Plan ahead to avoid disappointment, although compromise isn’t the end of the world. Be open to vendors ideas as they do it every day and you should only do it once. Most importantly, don’t forget to chill out on the day and actually enjoy it.

Best moment of the day (Angie)? Cliché I know – but trying to savour every minute and enjoying every second.

Highlight for Lui? Seeing Angie walk down the aisle.

If you’re looking for a Brisbane wedding photographer for your special day – we’d love to have a chat. Call the studio on 07 3393 0066 or email porfyri@porfyri.com.au 

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