Written by Corey Twibell Friday, 25 March 2011 00:00
Jim Buonagura from Hicksville and his fiancée, Danielle Norris, were recently chosen as one of the three semi-finalist couples in the KJOY 98.3FM Dream Wedding sweepstakes.
Jim said he heard about the promotion in December and decided to tell the unique story of how he and Danielle crossed paths and eventually settled down together.
“They were asking people to go online and say how’d you meet your fiancée. The rules were that you had to be engaged but had no strict venue or no set date in mind. After they read the entries, the staff selected the final three and put them on the Web,” said Buonagura, who explained how he and Danielle were then sent to Treasured Memories, a photography and videography entertainment group in Massapequa.
Their story began when Danielle went to the doctor for heart palpitations and Jim, working as a heart-monitoring nurse, was assigned to her room.
“She had questioned me about what’s wrong with her and that she’s going to orphan her four kids. I pretty much explained to her that it could be a thousand different things and not to psych yourself out.
“We started talking and it turned out her boyfriend at the time, of a year and a half, was giving her palpitations. One day we went out and went down to Atlantic City as friends and everything worked itself out,” Buonagura said.
A Hicksville firefighter for five years and a former candidate for the NYS Assembly, Buonagura, Norris and their five kids recently moved in together in Levittown.
The winners of this contest will be chosen by popular online vote at KJOY.COM beginning Monday, March 28 through April 2 and will receive a wedding courtesy of The Garden City Hotel for up to 100 guests, as well as credit towards a wedding gown, a DJ, a limo, a photographer and more. According to the Dream Wedding Facebook group, the Garden City Hotel has planned over 2,500 weddings in its 27 years.
Visit KJOY.com to vote for Jim and Danielle or for more information.