The next day, while driving to the airport, Mr. Wicks said he felt a twinge of regret.
“I didn’t want to go,” he said. “I felt this urge to want to stay and get to know her better.”
The couple kept in sporadic contact and in May 2018 a labor conference brought Mr. Wicks to Chicago, where Ms. Summers was living at the time. There he took her out to the sushi. Before the meal was over, Ms. Summers suggested that Mr. Wicks extend his trip over the weekend. He agreed and they spent the next few days exploring the city together.
“It was all so easy and fun and it felt so natural,” said Ms. Summers.
A few weeks later, Ms. Summers was visiting Mr. Wicks in Houston, and it was not long before they met and met whenever the opportunity arose.
In September that year, Ms. Summers moved to New York. The following September, Mr. Wicks moved there too.
“We saw each other and everything would be fine and then we went our separate ways for another weekend and I just sat in my house and wondered, ‘What am I doing here?'” Mr. Wicks said of his decision to be closer to Mrs. Draw Summers.
In July 2020, the couple bought a home in Austin, Texas where Ms. Summers, who graduated from Cornell, works as the investment director for Dovetail + Co, a local hospitality investment firm. Mr. Wicks, a graduate of the University of Houston, is the director of fundraising at Pattern Energy, a renewable energy developer in Austin.