Mar­ried March 2, 1985

Cosmopolitan Bride (Australia) - - THE ARCHIVES -

Where did you meet and how?

We first met in a ho­tel while watch­ing a band in Black­town. We had part­ners at the time but we felt a spe­cial con­nec­tion be­tween us. We kept watch­ing each other across the room then as I left to go to the bar, Danny fol­lowed. Af­ter talk­ing for a few min­utes, we kissed then pro­ceeded back to watch the band with our boyfriend/girl­friend at the time. We didn’t see each other for four years, when a mu­tual friend in­vited us to cel­e­brate Christ­mas at a night­club. This is when we struck up a re­la­tion­ship.

First im­pres­sions?

Donna: Danny, be­ing part-Ital­ian, was very good-look­ing and had a very nice physique.

Danny: Donna was sim­ply beau­ti­ful. She made my heart skip a beat.

How did the pro­posal hap­pen?

We at­tended a busi­ness din­ner where we were in­tro­duced to an old Chi­nese man who ex­pressed that we were made for each other and he pre­dicted we would marry. He had a two-night stay at the Hil­ton in Syd­ney that he wanted us to have. We re­luc­tantly ac­cepted, but dur­ing that week­end Danny pro­posed.

Tell us about the wed­ding.

We mar­ried on one of the hottest days of the year. Ital­ians re­ally know how to cel­e­brate! Ev­ery­one was singing and clink­ing glasses all night for us to kiss.

And your first year of mar­riage?

Our first year of be­ing mar­ried was like an ex­tended hon­ey­moon.

What did you learn about each other dur­ing the early days?

We lived to­gether for about a year and a half be­fore we mar­ried. This was a good time to un­der­stand and learn each other’s habits, good or bad, be­fore our com­mit­ment. Our com­pat­i­bil­ity was there and we were happy to build a life to­gether. Danny lost his mother when he was young so was very do­mes­ti­cated. I came into the re­la­tion­ship with some fur­ni­ture but no skills in cook­ing, so Danny took over that task!

How did life change be­ing mar­ried?

We needed to con­sider one an­other in ev­ery as­pect of life and learn to com­pro­mise and not be self­ish.

How has your re­la­tion­ship grown?

Our big­gest achieve­ment is hav­ing our two chil­dren that grew our re­la­tion­ship even more in nur­tur­ing our fam­ily. Now they are grown, we feel like we have our free­dom again to travel and do what we like. Watch­ing our chil­dren grow and them hav­ing chil­dren brings more joy, love and hap­pi­ness into our life.

Best mar­riage ad­vice?

Ev­ery­one would say it has its ups and downs. It’s im­por­tant to have space – ev­ery­one needs time with their friends. We think the most im­por­tant thing is you have to be best friends, and have loy­alty and trust.

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