Their relationship was a 21st-century set-up. A family friend of Brent’s and co-worker of Cara’s led them to one another, giving her his e-mail address as she urged Cara to find out more about this sweet guy who’d grown up with her son.
Brent laughs now when he thinks of the note that appeared in his inbox, introducing him to his future soulmate. “It was about a five liner that didn’t tell me a single thing about her!” he recalled. “I wrote Cara back about a hundred lines.”
Cara was impressed—at his boldness but also how well this mystery man could write. “Good punctuation, no spelling errors, concise thoughts … at this point, I knew he was going to be worth meeting,” she remembered.
On a muggy June night in 2010, the two met on a blind date at Indianapolis’ Yats restaurant. After an evening of creole fare and easy conversation, Cara knew she liked Brent. “I called my best friend and told her I’d gone out with someone I had a really good feeling about.”
Soon enough, he felt the same.
“I think I knew Cara was the one when I continually wanted to see her more,” he said, remembering how he had to convince her that he was crazy about her.
For Cara, she just couldn’t believe such a sweet guy—someone thoughtful enough to pack a picnic to a baseball game—was still single, let alone in love with her. “It was the little things like that, along with the fact his family is wonderful, that made me fall for him.”
Soon enough, they got to know Indianapolis together, exploring their neighborhood on the tandem bike Cara inherited from her family. It was on that very same bike, during a random afternoon ride along the city’s canal, Brent popped the question.
With a beaming smile, she said yes. That same smile was on full display as Cara walked down the aisle on their wedding day, March 31, 2012. As these two sealed their vows with a movie-worthy kiss, Cara couldn’t help but think about how she’d found the person she was meant to be with. “I am just so thankful that he chose me.”
Asked if he could tell Cara anything about the way he feels about her, Brent brought up sentimental words he tells her often. Words, he notes, worth repeating, just so his new wife never forgets them: “I love you and will be here for you. I will need you. It’s a fact: I will need you and I hope you know that you have me when you need me too.”