From a failed first date to a fam­ily of four

Rick and Angie Cam­pan­elli on their South Amer­i­can pro­posal, Yorkville wed­ding and life of travel

Richmond Hill Post - - How They Met - by Nikki Gill

Rick and Angie Cam­pan­elli first crossed paths 13 years ago while he was still work­ing with MuchMu­sic. Now, Rick is the co-host of ET Canada, and Angie is a se­nior seg­ment pro­ducer for the The Mar­i­lyn De­nis Show.

To­gether they are also proud par­ents of their first son, Jack Richard, who was born this past March, and Rick’s son Noah from a pre­vi­ous re­la­tion­ship.

How they met

Rick: We first met in 2001 when I was in Day­tona Beach for spring break work­ing with MuchMu­sic. I asked Angie to do an in­ter­view for the show out­side of a bar. Angie: Years later we met again work­ing at ET Canada. Rick was the host and I was a pro­ducer. We were friends for a while be­fore any­thing tran­spired.

The first date

Angie: We went on a pseudo first date in 2008. Rick of­fered to pick me up be­fore a TIFF event and sug­gested we grab a drink and/or din­ner. Min­utes into our or­der­ing at Bistro 990, Rick got called in to work early, so it ended be­fore the night even be­gan.

The courtship

Rick: We al­ways had fun and spon­ta­neous dates. I re­mem­ber pick­ing up Angie one night on my scooter and rid­ing down to the water­front, and when we got there we drank wine, ate cheese and started to wres­tle on the sand. Angie put crack­ers down my pants, hence one of my many nick­names is Cracker Pants.

The pro­posal

Rick: We were in South Amer­ica for a week to­gether be­fore em­bark­ing on a spe­cial jour­ney with World Vi­sion. While there, we went to Machu Pic­chu. Ini­tially I wanted to pro­pose some­where on the ru­ins, but Angie be­friended a lone tourist while in line to buy tick­ets, and he ended up tag­ging along for the en­tire day. As each mo­ment kept pass­ing and the ring burn­ing a hole in my pocket, I had to re­think my plan. Angie: On the train from Machu Pic­chu back to Cusco, we were rem­i­nisc­ing about fun mo­ments from the day, when Rick stopped and said, “I almost for­got! I took a piece of rock from the ru­ins!” He reached into his bag and fished out the ring and then it just hap­pened.

The wed­ding

Angie: We got mar­ried at Sas­safraz in Yorkville be­cause it was a mem­o­rable part of our dat­ing days. Rick: We left for Turks and Caicos at 5 a.m. the morn­ing after our wed­ding for our hon­ey­moon. It was still so fresh — Angie and I were on cloud nine, and hon­estly, we still are.

Mar­ried life

Angie: Un­like Rick’s ap­pear­ance, which never changes or ages, our re­la­tion­ship has seen many moods and phases. We still love to travel to­gether. When we visit the U.S., we try to go to a ball game in ev­ery city. That has sort of be­come our thing since we are both big fans of base­ball. And around the world we try to find a dou­ble-decker tour bus.

Se­cret for suc­cess

Pa­tience and lots of com­pro­mise. We do our best to com­mu­ni­cate and lis­ten to one another as ef­fec­tively as we can.

Re­la­tion­ship ad­vice

If you ever feel strain, take the time to look back and re­mind your­selves why you fell in love. We of­ten look at our pho­tos and rem­i­nisce. Gives us the warm fuzzies.

Rick Cam­pan­elli pro­posed to his now wife, Angie, after they vis­ited Machu Pic­chu in Peru

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