Love blossomed at a Christmas work night out in 2005 for Dunmurry couple Daniel and Donna McKiernan. Donna (35), a hotel receptionist, explained it took a “wee while” for her and Daniel (26), a bar and restaurant manager, to get together.
“We hadn’t spoken to each other before,” Donna said.
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“But we ended up dancing with each other all night at the Christmas party.”
Their relationship grew and then, in February last year on a romantic trip to New York, Daniel proposed. “I didn’t know he was going to propose, but my friends did,” Donna added.
“He tried to ask me a few times, but I ruined it, so he ended up asking me on our hotel balcony overlooking Central Park.
“He had brought a ring and then we got an engagement ring when we were back home.”
Donna and Daniel married at Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish Church in Dunmurry, followed by a reception for 150 guests at the Hilton Hotel in Templepatrick. The couple’s first dance as Mr and Mrs McKiernan was to Lionel Richie’s Truly.
“Our wedding day was amazing,” Donna said. “We didn’t want a big spectacle. It was just a lovely, normal wedding.
“Everything went really well. We are very lucky that our families get on so well.”
The newlyweds said their friends and family have been wonderful and they want to thank their parents for being particularly supportive.
“Everyone has been great, especially our parents,” Donna said. “We also would like to thank our photographer, Eddie McDowell, for the photos and videos.
“When we look at them they bring back the emotion of the day. He did a great job.”
Donna and Daniel headed to Portugal after the wedding and are just back from their second honeymoon trip — to New York.
They stayed in the same room, at the same hotel which was the scene of Daniel’s marriage proposal in 2011. The McKiernans are enjoying every minute of being married to each other.
“Married life is lovely,” Donna added. “We get on so well and have always had really good craic together, so it’s no different in that sense.
“It is nice to be married. It feels that wee bit different to us personally.”