'Adorable': Mountaintop proposal for young lovers
IT TOOK about 14 months and two treks to the top of Mt Larcom for a young Gladstone couple to celebrate one of the most exciting days of their lives.
At the peak of the 632m high summit, Toni Filetti became engaged to her partner of just over a year, Sharni Brooke Mold.
Sharni took Toni by surprise when she started to read a prepared speech when they reached the top of the mountain and asked if she would marry her.
"It was adorable, I was in shock, I didn't really know what to think," Toni said.
Toni said it made Mt Larcom an even more special place for the couple, because it was where Sharni initially asked her if she wanted to be in a relationship.
Toni said she met Sharni in Gladstone while she was on a night out celebrating her 18th birthday.
She said very early in their relationship she knew Sharni was someone she wanted to marry.
That desire grew even stronger when same-sex marriage was legalised in Australia on December 9, 2017.
"Sharni's the first same-sex relationship I've had and to be able to marry her and to be able to have an amazing wedding and marriage, it means the world to me," she said.
"During the debate I always stood by what I thought.
"Not everyone agrees with (same-sex marriage) and that's fine by me, everyone has their own opinions."
Figures released by the Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Yvette D'Ath reveal Gladstone has had one of the lowest numbers of same-sex marriages in the state, with fewer than five.
Gladstone's neighbours Bundaberg and Rockhampton have had significantly more, with 17 and 13 respectively.
Ms D'Ath said since marriage changed to be more inclusive, 1330 same-sex marriages had been registered in Queensland.
Toni and Sharni said they were grateful for the support they had received from their friends and family.
She said while they were in pain from the climb they could not be happier.
They thanked Teagan Lehmann and Taryn Mearns, who joined them on Sunday's Mt Larcom climb, to capture the proposal on camera.