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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.