In proof that not everyone needs to go on a reality TV show to find true love, one woman has found the man of her dreams in a supermarket aisle – and tracked him down through the power of the internet.
After engaging in some steamy eye contact with a mysterious male shopper in the detergent section of her local supermarket, Nadine Bonnard became a woman possessed – and vowed to stop at nothing in order to find her new crush.
The exciting encounter took place at the 28-year-old French native’s local Woolworths in Fremantle, Western Australia, back in August.
With little to go on, Nadine took a mental note of the stranger’s fiery red hair, luscious beard and the fact that he had soy milk in his shopping basket – but she didn’t stop there.
After helplessly watching her new object of affection walk through the checkouts, the pastry chef said she was overcome with a burning desire to finally speak with him – but sadly, he was already making a quick getaway in his white ute.
In an act of pure desperation, Nadine swiftly wrote down the stranger’s license plate number with a ‘crazy idea’ to go to the police for information – but decided to post her plight onto her local community Facebook page instead in the hopes of finding the mysterious man of her dreams.
“I first spotted him in the detergent section at Woolies. As soon as I saw him I felt something spark inside of me,” Nadine said.
“But I had no idea what I was going to say to him, and just didn’t have the courage. My English is not as good as I’d like it to be either, so I didn’t want to sound stupid.
“I loved his long hair, big beard and cheeky eyes. There was just something special about him.
“I had a really good feeling. We both made eye contact and something special happened between us but we just didn’t say anything. I know he felt it too.”
After the mysterious stranger left, Nadine said she felt “heartbroken”.
“I didn’t know what else to do, so I quickly wrote down his licence plate. It seemed like a good idea at the time.
“I told my friends maybe I could go to the police and get some information but they said I was crazy. So I decided to post my story on a Fremantle community page in the hopes I might find him again.”
Nadine’s romantic efforts paid off and her post generated thousands of likes and hundreds of comments from people in the community hoping to find the mystery man and pair them up.
And in just twenty minutes, local 39-year-old boiler maker Joel Seinor claimed that he could be her knight in shining armour – but Nadine had only one way to find out.
“I made him recite his licence plate number to me. It was the only way I could know for sure if it was truly him,” she said.
“He looked a little bit different on his Facebook, so I really needed that confirmation.”
After realising that he was the man she’d be searching for, Nadine then began to stress that she’d come across too strong, and that she might’ve scared him away.
“I know I seemed crazy. I thought maybe he would be scared off after I’d hunted him down the way I did.
“But he was obviously intrigued, and we made plans to meet that Friday for a real date.
“We hit it off straight away. We had so much in common, it felt so easy and natural. It was just meant to be.”
Not wanting everyone on the community Facebook page in suspense, Nadine posted a photograph of herself and new beau Joel while on their date – which delighted the thousands of hopeless romantics who had helped bring them together.
And just last month, Nadine and Joel posted another picture of them together at Woolworths – the site of their first encounter – and confirmed that they were going stronger than ever.
The two lovebirds have since moved in together – and Nadine said she and Joel are often stopped on the streets of Fremantle by people who have followed their romantic journey.
She said: “It’s crazy where you can meet people, and at the end of the day it all comes down to fate.
“Some girls might think it is the man job to pursue someone, but I think when you want something you need to go after it. So I did.
“Life is too short for regrets. It’s important to take risks as you never know what can happen in life.
“I’m so thankful to the entire community who helped bring us together.
“They were so happy to see all the updates. It feels like they were truly apart of the journey.
“I’m so happy to have finally found my ‘cute guy at Woolworths’ and we’re both looking forward to the future.”