WTOC Love Story--Peter and Donna Jennings

Peter and Donna Jennings still enjoy dancing.
Peter and Donna Jennings still enjoy dancing.

You could say it's sort of a Cinderella story. Practically every woman dreams of having someone sweep her off her feet and propose in some unique, unforgettable way.

After losing his wife to lung cancer, Peter Jennings was all alone. He decided to attend a singles dance in Savannah in 2001. No love connection that night for Peter, but one year later at a Christian singles event, he met Donna. They were both taking dance lessons, and after a few classes, there was spark.

"Oh I just fell in love, I just thought she was pretty," said Peter.

"I could not wait for Tuesdays to come to where I could go dance," said Donna. "As soon as I got in the door I started looking around and then I would see him and I would just beam it was like that was the reason I was going."

"We started seeing each other more often, outside of the dance lessons, movies and dinner and that sort of thing," recalled Peter. "Boyfriend-girlfriend dating situations."

And after three months of dating, Peter popped the question at a big-band Valentine's Day dance on Jekyll Island...in front of 200 strangers.

"My mouth flew open, oh my God, you know it was like, wow," Donna told us. "I started crying, I couldn't help it. And he said, 'Well, I guess that's a yes.'"

After the proposal, he had the band director play "Could I Have This Dance for the Rest of My Life" by Anne Murray, and they danced the waltz.

"The way he looked at me, the way we looked at each other, for a moment it was like nobody else was there," recalled Donna.

They married at the St. Simon's Island lighthouse.

"We picked the 20th of April of 2002 and, as luck would have it, it turned out to be an absolutely beautiful day," said Peter.

It was something out of a fairy tale. They arrived in a horse-drawn carriage, and Donna looked like a princess who has found her prince charming.

"I thought, 'Oh my God, I'm dreaming,'" she told us.

They honeymooned on the island and in Las Vegas. When they arrived in Vegas, it started off with a limo ride.

"I felt like royalty," said Donna. "But the best thing to me was Peter by my side the whole time. We're like holding hands, we're so close, and we get in the limo and Peter pulls me close to him and gives me a big kiss and says, 'I love you.'"

The limo dropped them off for a helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon. Then they landed for lunch and champagne on a boat.

"We had a ball," said Peter. "You want to talk about a time, that was just fantastic."

And the romance doesn't end there. Peter even bought Donna her dream car, a 1995 Chrysler LeBaron convertible. She admitted, "He spoils me something awful."

"Now we're waiting for nice weather so she can profile with the top down," added Peter.

They still go to the movies and dinner and crazy fun outings. They hold hands and kiss everywhere they go and they still remember the waltz, the dance that brought love back into their lives. And in two months, on April 20, Peter and Donna Jennings will celebrate their one-year anniversary.

Reported by: Shannon Royster, sroyster@wtoc.com