MODEL Pippa O'Connor and her RTE star fiance Brian Ormond are set to spend their first Valentine's Day as a newly engaged couple stranded in New York.
The Herald can reveal the Dublin-based socialites are among those stranded in the Big Apple, due to one of the heaviest snowfalls on record.
Pippa and Brian, who jetted to the Big Apple last weekend to spend some quality time together after their Christmas Eve engagement, were originally due to return to Dublin yesterday afternoon.
However, when they arrived to JFK airport to check in for their flight home, the loved-up duo were told to return to the city as they would not be flying out for a minimum of two days.
The smitten pair have instead been living it up after their airline forked out for a luxury hotel. The Big Apple has been brought to a standstill in recent days, with blizzards and adverse weather conditions resulting in up to a foot of snow.
Kildare beauty Pippa, who has just finished a stint playing the Fairy Big Sister in Christmas panto Cinderella, was not complaining about the unexpected extended holiday.
"They definitely weren't too upset about being stuck over there. They're having a ball," a close friend of the model explained. "They've been making the most of it by doing some shopping, taking in Wicked the musical and eating out.
"Brian is just hoping he'll be back in time for work on Monday, as he's been off all week and they're expecting him back to present ICE that afternoon," they added.
The couple were initially due to go to New York to celebrate their big news in January, but had to postpone the trip when Pippa's run in the Panto was extended until the end of the month.
Brian got down on bended knee on December 24 after whisking Pippa to the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Powerscourt, where he presented her with a giant sparkler that he picked out himself.
The pair have been dating for more than two years and bought a house together in Newcastle, Co Dublin, just six months after they started dating. However they are planning to take it a bit slower when it comes to walking down the aisle, delaying their wedding until next year.
"We're both too busy at the moment. I just can't see it happening this year as there's just too much to organise," Pippa said.