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A marriage proposal at the Windsor Farmer’s Market

Sunday, August 19th, 2012 | Posted by

David Feland got down on one knee to propose to Joanne Vitale at Charlie's BBQ.

David Feland of Windsor isn’t just an ordinary customer of Charlie’s BBQ stand at the Windsor Farmer’s Market. He’s an ardent supporter, choosing it as the site for his marriage proposal.

At noon Sunday, Feland got down on one knee in front of the stand where he met his girlfriend, Joanne Vitale. She said yes.

Feland, 46, and Vitale, 51,  first met at the stand more than three years, when both ordered a strawberry lemonade, said Derek Debruin, who owns Charlie’s BBQ. “They continued their relationship thereafter and kept coming back to the stand.”

Vitale's surprised reaction to her boyfriend's marriage proposal.

On Sunday, Feland said he felt confident about proposing. “We’re so much alike, and we just gel,” he said. “It’s like finding that needle in a haystack. Everything is natural. I can just be myself with her.”

Feland said that he and Vitale had discussed marriage and he had been thinking about proposing for more than a year.

“I wanted it to be on my terms, and it was better than I expected. It really was,” he said.

Because his strawberry lemonade brought the couple together, Debruin said he’s thinking about renaming it “Love Potion.”

–Jessie De La O

  • Kristen Quilty

    It was beautiful and they both are soooo happy! They are a match made in Heaven!

  • Art

    Please people, what a bunch of Drama queens!

  • Tricia

    Nice to see some romance, in the paper ! Good for you Dave Feland and congrats to both of you !

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James Lanaras is our Windsor correspondent.
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