DONNA & DANNY
Married March 2, 1985
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.
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.