21st February 2019
Of love, laughter and dance – Leanne & Luke
From dance friends to husband and wife, Leanne and Luke share the best parts of their big day
Leanne and Luke Mifsud have known each other for a while – nearly two decades, to be precise! The pair met when Leanne was eight and Luke was 12 during a dance class, but it wasn’t until later on in their teenage years that their relationship became official after sharing a kiss on the beach. The couple spoke about marriage openly, so a wedding was always on the cards, but nothing was written in stone until the proposal.
Luke planned quite the proposal that was about to go bust several times! After dating for around eight years, in January 2017, Luke took Leanne to a fancy restaurant and at the end of the delicious meal proposed with a photo album that had the ring on the last page. Leanne says, “I was totally clueless until I saw the ring, even though the proposal was apparently almost revealed several times in the run-up!”
Leanne explains that she found the album of photos on Luke’s laptop a few months before but thought nothing of it. Also, the restaurant wrote “he’s going to propose” in the reservation book by their names, they brought them champagne and cake before Luke even proposed, and all the waiters kept peeping from behind the wall, waiting for it to all go down. Luckily, Leanne didn’t notice any of this and it was an amazing surprise!
Both Leanne and Luke took care of the wedding preparations. Luke was working in Greece for three years of their relationship, up until three months before the wedding – for nearly a year and a half of their engagement. “We split the preparations according to who was available to do them. I really wanted to organise the church and the choir, while Luke was dead set on having a morning wedding so that we could have the whole day to celebrate. We just wanted everyone to have fun. Apart from those things, nothing was really set. We chose things as we went along.”
Leanne explains that their wedding didn’t have a particular theme. “We just picked whatever we liked, even if it didn’t exactly match ‘what you’re meant to do.’ It actually ended up being quite a traditional wedding. However, the whole wedding party and witnesses ditched their pointy, uncomfortable shoes for converse. We were more comfortable to dance for the whole day!”
As for the invites, she adds “our invites were personalized because we didn’t like anything we saw in shops. We wanted something simple but elegant. As for souvenirs, we decided to give a donation. Someone very close and important to use has a daughter with Down’s Syndrome so we decided to give a donation to the Malta Down’s Syndrome Association.”
Speaking of her wedding dress, Leanne ended up opting for something completely contrary to what she had in mind. “Since I was a little girl, I always wanted a huge, puffy dress – a princess one basically. In the end, I opted for a figure-hugging dress, mainly because I preferred the look on me but more importantly, I was comfortable to dance all day in it!” Leanne’s beautiful dress, from Camilleri Paris Mode, was made with ivory lace, with a blush underlay beneath it which made the detail of the lace stand out.
Although their wedding day was unforgettable and nearly went off without a hitch, there was one mishap. “The bridal car didn’t show up on time, so my dad and I had to walk to the church. Luckily, it was only up the road!”
The couple also experienced a funny yet unforgettable moment that took place during the ceremony, and which was captured in perfect timing “Our priest, Fr Patrick, told us to give each other our right hands to say our vows. Luke got confused so I grabbed his hand myself. The whole church was in fits after!”
As for their favourite moment? “We just loved the whole day from beginning to end – we were overwhelmed by how much everyone was enjoying themselves and all the love we felt.”