"I love the snow," says Arlett. "I don't!" shouts Danny in the background. This is going to be fun.
Arlett and Danny (Daniel) O’Grady had been tied to duty as Mount Vernon NY police officers for 27 years before they finally decided to tie their own knot soon after their retirement. We discovered their amazing love story.
Born and raised in New York, Arlett and Danny lived in Mount Vernon and worked on the same police force for years before they actually got to know each other. In the mid-90s they worked on a job together and the rest is history.
“He fell in love with me,” jokes Arlett. “I swept her off her feet,” says Danny. Whatever the true story is, they have defied all barriers of race, age, and even a global pandemic with their genuine love for each other. Arlett is African American and 60, and Danny is Irish and turned 53 on Valentine’s Day. They were drawn to each other for their love and compassion.
After being together for around 20 years, they only recently made it official. On Christmas eve of 2020, the day after Arlett’s birthday, they had a celebratory dinner with their family over Zoom, when Danny appeared with cupcakes that spelled out: “Will you marry me”. They finally wed in an elegant blue and black ceremony on September 11, 2021, at the Surf Club On The Sound.
Danny says they chose September 11 because it was an opportunity to turn something horrible in America’s history into something beautiful. As police officers, they had both worked on the day of the 9/11 tragedy, so it’s a day they will never forget.
Their wedding was an intimate ceremony on the beach with around 200 guests, (all Covid-19 protocols observed), followed by a joyous reception with international cuisine and bagpipes. The highlight for both Danny and Arlett was saying I do.
“I’ve been in love with this woman for so long and envisioned marrying her, so as I watched her walk down the aisle, it was an overwhelming feeling of deja vu,” says Danny.
Arlett was a classic modern beauty in a long off-white sleek wedding gown with a train and Danny wore a navy-blue paisley tux. Bridesmaids adorned deep midnight blue dresses in honor of the couple's devotion to their city as police officers. The cake was a simple white four-level tiered cake with a strawberry center. They completed the day with a special visit to Arlett’s dad at his nursing home since he could not make it to the ceremony.
In their retirement with thousands of good and bad police stories behind them, Arlett and Danny enjoy being husband and wife. Their secret, they say, is to communicate, never hold grudges and never give up trying, because it’s worth it!