Family First: Brendetta Huffman and Robert Rowe’s Engagement Story

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Robert Rowe and Brendetta Huffman opted for an intimate proposal to ensure Robert’s father – who was in poor health – could witness the couple’s special moment

Brendetta Huffman and husband

By Makayla Williams | Photography by John Michael Simpson,

Wedding Date Fall 2021

Occupation Brendetta works as a nurse at Duke Children’s Hospital and was also recently accepted to the nurse practitioner program at Duke. Robert is completing his residency in preventive medicine at UNC.

Crossed Paths The couple met at Wake Forest Baptist Health in 2014. Robert was scheduled to work earlier than usual, and it was Brendetta’s first day as a nurse at the hospital. The two quickly bonded while taking care of a patient and continued to message each other on Facebook later that night, which led to a date that Saturday. Nearly two years into their relationship, Brendetta took a travel nursing position with Duke while Robert studied for his master’s of business administration at UNC; Brendetta took on positions in California, Wisconsin and Hawaii, and Robert visited her often. Today they live together with their dog, Charlie, in the Parkwood community.

The Proposal In April 2021, Bob Rowe, Robert’s father, became ill while battling cancer, and the couple dropped everything to care for and spend time with him. Robert had planned a grand proposal, but instead opted to ask Brendetta to marry him in front of his father so he could hear the news. Robert’s father passed away in June.

Now, “I Do” The pair returned to North Carolina with the hopes of hosting a small, family-only wedding, but before plans were finalized, Brendetta’s mother, Brenda Huffman, passed away in August. The couple are now planning a simple and intimate wedding in Charlotte, North Carolina, sometime between October and December. They are also planning a larger, outdoor celebration in fall 2022. Brendetta’s only requirement is a popcorn bar, possibly courtesy of The Mad Popper, and pizza delivered toward the end of the reception.

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