Back in 2010 Tara was living in a rental house in Goleta, CA with a few of her best friends. One morning, She woke up (hung-over of course, she was 21) to this terrible banging on her roof. Super pissed, she marched outside to yell at whomever was hammering away that early in the morning (and without her knowledge). She went outside, looked up, and the cutest boy she ever saw – tan, shirtless, dimples – was in his jeans and tool belt, mending her roof while belting out Zach Brown Band. John gave her the biggest smile when she walked out and she was super flustered and walked back in. It turns out John’s brother’s company was hired to replace her roof by her landlord, a fact the landlord didn’t bother to alert them to. Not that she minded 🙂
After seeing John on her roof, Tara remembers telling her roommate, “Meredith, I think that’s my husband on the roof.” “Really?” she responded. To which Tara said ever so ladylike, “I don’t know, I think I’m going to marry him, but at the very least I’m going to date him.” John finished the job, and Tara continued to date other people. She couldn’t get him out of her head. Whenever she saw him working in his brother’s driveway (who was also her neighbor), it felt like a thousand butterflies had taken flight in her stomach.
It was now 2011, and Tara decided she had to have him. She was so in love with him and yet knew absolutely nothing about him. So, she over-exaggerated her allergy to cats and convinced her landlord that he had to replace the carpets in her house because the previous tenant’s cat had left conditions unlivable. He was game, and agreed that she could choose the company to come replace them (she may have exaggerated concerns about personal safety as well). Tara called John’s brother and asked him to come by for a quote. When John’s brother came over to see the work that had to be done, she made sure to ask if John was single. He was. They got the job.
From there, it all fell into place. They would talk about music while John worked, they learned that they went to the same high school and that Tara had her first kiss in John’s best friend’s backyard (small world). Tara put her number in John’s phone and asked him out on their first date. They’ve been together ever since. Tara has wanted John to learn one of her favorite songs “I’ll Be” be Edwin McCain on his guitar for a long time now. So John learned the song and played it for her as a surprise right before her proposed to her on the beach in Malibu.